PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The 2007 Rutgers men's soccer recruiting class has been ranked 27th in the nation by College Soccer News, it was announced. The 13-member group consists of several highly-touted incoming freshman, two Egyptian youth national team players and a pair of standout transfers.
"It's nice to have people rate our class, but you can really only judge it after the season," said head coach Bob Reasso. "We believe it's a top 10 class and it's up to our young players to prove that."
Highlighting this group of standout players is Dilly Duka (Montville, N.J.), a midfielder from Montville High School, who Reasso has described as one of the best attacking midfielders graduating from the state of New Jersey last spring. Joining him is Mike Volk (Bear. Del.), a two-time All-State defender and Chris Edwards (West Orange, N.J.), an All-State defensive midfielder who guided his West Orange team to a title in the Group IV State Championships.
Helping to bolster the incoming class are Aly Mazhar (Cairo, Egypt) and Abdel Waked (Cairo, Egypt), a pair of Egyptian youth national team players and Kevin McFadden (Midlothian, Va.), a junior transfer from Virginia Tech. All three possess extensive game experience, which should make for a smooth transition.
"We are delighted with our recruiting class; it's one of the best in the last decade," Reasso added. "We had needs to fill after graduating some outstanding seniors, and we are very pleased with the way we were able to answer those needs by adding some excellent players."
The Scarlet Knights return a solid crop of veteran players including the team's leading goal scorer for the past two seasons, Adam Sternberger (Mays Landing, N.J.). Sternberger is one of seven returning seniors, along with last season's assist leader Chris Moore (Gosforth, England) and starting goalkeeper Matt VanOekel (Chesapeake, Va.). With what seems to be a good mix of leadership, experience and youth, the Rutgers men's soccer team will embark on the upcoming 2007 campaign with its eyes on another successful season.