PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers men’s soccer head coach Bob Reasso announced that Ty Armstrong (Cary, NC), Abdul Kargbo (Alexandria, VA) and Kevin O’Connor (Freehold, NJ) have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Rutgers University and play soccer in the fall.
O’Connor played for Freehold High School the past four seasons, recording 32 goals and 14 assists for his career. He was an Associated Press Second Team All-State selection and New Jersey Coaches Association Third Team pick in 2003. O’Connor, a forward, led the Patriots to the Central Jersey Group IV finals last season, including an upset of top-seeded East Brunswick in the state tournament. He was a New Jersey Coaches Association First Team Group IV selection, while earning First Team All-Shore and First Team All-Monmouth County laurels last season. O’Connor was also named to the 2003 All-A North Division and All-District first team. A member of the National Honor Society, O’Connor competed four seasons (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003) with the ODP State Team, winning the Region I title in 2003. He was a member of the 2000 ODP Regional and National Team. In 2003, he won the Northern America Super Y League championship with the Matchfit Raiders, taking home the state title in 2002.
“We are delighted that Kevin is joining us here at Rutgers,” Reasso said. “He is a very bright young man and a fierce competitor. He is a hard-nosed forward who is at his best in and around the goal.”
Armstrong was a four-year varsity starter and a three-time All-Conference selection out of Green Hope High School in Cary, NC. He was also a three-time All-Region pick, while earning All-State honors his senior season. Armstrong, a midfielder for the Falcons, scored 20 goals and recorded 25 assists his senior season. He earned a spot in the East/West All Star game in 2003. Armstrong also captained the 85 CASL Elite team that won five state cup titles. His squad also was crowned regional champions in 2000, finishing runner-up the past two seasons. Armstrong competed on the North Carolina ODP State Team from 1997-2002. He was also a member of the Super Y-League Regional Team.
“Ty is a very mature and versatile player,” said Reasso. “He is a polished technical player who is a very good passer of the ball. We feel he will be a leader in our program and he should come in and compete for playing time right away.”
Kargbo was a four-year starter and two-year team captain out of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. He spent the past two seasons at Louisburg College where he was a two-time All-Region pick. Kargbo captained his Louisburg team last season, earning junior College All-American accolades. His team finished fourth in the nation at the National Tournament this past season. At T.C. Williams, Kargbo, a defender for the Titans, earned All-District and All-Region honors during his junior and senior campaigns. Kargbo was an All-State and All-Metropolitan Second Team selection during his senior season. He was named to the All-State All Star team his final season and was an All-Journal Newspaper pick in 2002. Kargbo also lettered in football and track for three seasons. He played for the U-18 ODP National team in 2003 and the Virginia state and regional team in 2002 and 2003, traveling to France and Spain. Kargbo captained the U-17 and U-18 DC United Youth Team. His U-17 club was a finalist for the Super Y-League National Championship and a semifinalist at the Disney Showcase Tournament in 2002.
“Abdul is a very gifted athlete and tough defender who will come in and play right away for us,” said Reasso. “We are excited to add a player with his experience and leadership abilities to our program.”
The three join Tom Gray (Middletown, NJ), Ryan Breznitsky (Scotch Plains, NJ), Zach Simi (East Brunswick, NJ) and Jacob Martenson (Winchester, VA), who have already signed with Rutgers.