Full Release on Penn's Recruiting Class of 2017
CollegeSoccerNews.com Top-40 Recruiting Classes
PHILADELPHIA - August is quickly approaching, and with that comes a new season of Penn men's soccer. James C. Gentle Head Coach of Men's Soccer Rudy Fuller will have four new additions to his club this fall as member of the Class of 2017, and that group has drawn national recognition from TopDrawerSoccer.com as the No. 25 recruiting class in the country.
The only Ivy League program to be featured in TopDrawerSoccer.com's Top-35, the Quakers were also ranked No. 35 in CollegeSoccerNews.com's Top-40 recruiting classes. Penn will add two forwards and two midfielders to its side for 2013.
Penn will draw from all over the country in the Class of 2017, with the four players hailing from Pennsylvania, Texas, California and Washington. All have excelled on the club level with Development Academy programs.
Dallas, Texas native Sam Hayward is a forward with great instincts and awareness with his runs through opposing backlines. Playing for Solar Chelsea SC in Texas, Hayward leads the club with 12 goals this season.
Alex Neumann will make the shortest trek to University City to begin his collegiate career, coming in from New Hope, Pa. A standout for PDA Academy and former star at Council Rock North High School, Neumann currently ranks 9th in the country in goals scored at the U18 level with 16 from his forward position. Neumann’s older brother, Steve, is an All-American for 2012 national runner-up Georgetown – a team Penn will again play this September in the Ivy League/BIG EAST Challenge.
For the second year in a row, a Bay Area native will set up shop in Philadelphia as Travis Pillon joins former club teammate Sam Engs at Penn. Pillon, a midfielder who has spent time with the United States U14, U15 and U17 National Teams, has also trained with the MLS’ San Jose Earthqukaes, including a stint with the ‘Quakes in England this February where he saw time in two matches.
Matt Poplawski will come to Philly from Washington where he was a two-sport standout in high school. On the soccer field, Poplawski led Crossfire Premier to the 2012 Academy Playoffs and reached the 2010 US Youth Soccer National title game. On the basketball court, he won a division and district championship while reaching the state semifinals.
7. North Carolina
8. Wake Forest
12. Notre Dame
14. UC Santa Barbara
16. NC State
19. South Carolina
21. Ohio State
23. South Florida
27. New Mexico
29. Penn State
30. Cal Poly
34. St. John's
35. West Virginia