Wednesday was National Letter of Intent Day, a huge media event in the world of college football, but few men's and women's soccer programs even bothered to make announcements.
teams to advance to the final 16 in 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Tournament, only California released its incoming class. Forward Davis Paul
of three-time USYS
national champion Arsenal FC heads the Cal class. Midfielder Servando Carrasco
of the San Diego Surf has enrolled at Cal for the spring after spending last
fall at a soccer academy in Argentina. Goalkeeper Jordan Bethke
, midfielder A.J. Soares
and forward Andrew Wiedeman
, will make their debut with the Golden Bears next fall.
Sweet 16 women's programs, Texas A&M announced a seven-player class that included former U.S. U-17 national team forward Whitney Hooper
of Challenge SC.
Coach G Guerrieri
also signed two former Youth All-Americans: goalie Kelly Dyer
, the Tennessee High School Player of
the Year, and midfielder/forward Rachel Shipley
from Plano, Texas. Other recruits include Sarah Pierson
, Christy End
, Inge Harding
and Kat Armstrong
NCAA Division I
quarterfinalist Clemson announced the signing of three players who have enrolled this semester: Erin Moskos
and Judea Davis
Of the other men's programs to announce their incoming recruits, Akron announced the signing what should be one of
the nation's top classes. The Zips have recruited four-semester U.S. U-17 resident Anthony Ampaipitakwong
, who has been training this winter with the U.S. U-18 national team. Other recruits included Michael Nanchoff
, son of George Nanchoff and nephew
of Louie Nanchoff
, both former U.S. internationals, and Congolese forward Steve Zakuani
, whose older brother Gabby
has played for Fulham in the English Premier League this season. Aaron Henkle
of Indiana prep power Carmel rounds out
Coach Caleb Porter
's freshman class.
Like Porter at Akron, Coach Louis Bennett
enters his second season at
Marquette, which signed 12 players, including NSCAA High School All-American Anthony Colaizzi
from Gurnee, Ill.
The rebuilding effort continues at
the Washington women's program, where Lesle Gallimore
had seven players sign letters of intent. Both forward Hannah
(Washington Class 4A Player of the Year from state champion Woodinville) and midfielder Jane Mitchell (
San Diego Surf) are considered among the
top women's prospects in the nation.