PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers University men’s soccer head coach Bob Reasso has announced that Kyle Grato (West Windsor, NJ) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Rutgers and play soccer for the Scarlet Knights in the fall of 2004. He becomes the eighth commitment to sign with the Scarlet Knights for the upcoming season.
Grato joins Abdul Kargbo (Alexandria, VA), Kevin O’Connor (Freehold, NJ), Ty Armstrong (Cary, NC), Tom Gray (Middletown, NJ), Zach Simi (East Brunswick, NJ), Ryan Breznitsky (Scotch Plains, NJ) and Jacob Martenson (Winchester, VA) as part of the Scarlet Knights’ 2004 recruiting class.
Grato, a midfielder, scored 37 goals and accumulated 42 assists in his four-year varsity career at West Windsor Plainsboro High School North. He broke the school record for single-season goals with 18 last season. He was named the Princeton Packet Player of the Year for his efforts in 2003, while taking home the CVC Midfielder of the Year award in 2002.
Grato is a two-time All-Area and All-State selection. The team captain for the 2003 season, Gratto led his school to the CVC title in 2003. He played on the 2004 National Finalist New Jersey State ODP team along with fellow Scarlet Knight recruits Breznitsky, O’Connor and Gray. He also played three years on the ODP Region I Team. The well-traveled Grato has competed in several international tournaments in Costa Rica, Spain, Germany and Austria. He was selected to play at the adidas ESP camp in 2002 and 2003.
“Kyle is a big, strong player with high level Division I technical ability,” said Reasso. “He comes to Rutgers with a lot of experience, playing with the New Jersey State and Regional Team. I truly believe his best soccer is ahead of him.”
Rutgers posted an 11-7-4 record in 2003, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. RU finished fourth in the BIG EAST regular season standings, reaching the semifinals of the conference tournament. The Scarlet Knights ended their season with a loss at No. 21 Akron, 3-2, on Nov. 26, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.