EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men’s soccer head coach Damon Rensing announced the addition of six student-athletes as part of the 2017 recruiting class. MSU welcomes Michael Miller (Normal, Illinois), Hunter Morse (Belleville, Michigan), Alexander Shterenberg (Westwood, Massachusetts), Fred Thompson (Arlington, Virginia), Connor Wineman (Petoskey, Michigan) and Nick Woodruff (Attleboro, Massachusetts).
The six signees join John Freitag, who transferred to Michigan State after two seasons at DePaul.
“We are really excited to add these six players along with transfer John Freitag to our Michigan State soccer family. I think one thing that is really important is that these guys are all excited to be Spartans first and foremost. Second, they have done really well in the classroom and they are student-athletes of high character, which is something that has been a strength of ours, having the highest team GPA in the athletic department the last two years, along with what we do in the community as well,” Rensing said. “These guys really fit our mold and what we look for at Michigan State off the field. On the field, we have a wide range from goalkeeper to forward to center back. They will certainly sprinkle in and add depth to an already fairly deep team that is returning who was ranked 25th in the country.
Michael Miller Fr., M, 6-0, Normal, Illinois/Normal Community High School
Prior To MSU: Played academy soccer for Sockers FC under coach David Richardson … Led his team to a 16-2-8 record during his junior season … Scored 25 career goals with eight coming as a freshman … Added five goals last season for the Sockers ... Team participated in the Florida Winter Showcase and the playoffs every year ... Father, Chris, played soccer at Bradley.
Coach Rensing on Miller: “He is versatile, athletic and moves well. He has good feet and can affect the final third. He is very technical and can shoot from distance. Not only is he someone who can do some things in the final third, but can also produce in the final third. We are certainly excited to have Michael.”
Hunter Morse Fr., GK, 6-3, Belleville, Michigan/Huron High School
Prior to MSU: Played club soccer for the Michigan Wolves under head coach Lars Richters along with fellow signee Trey Thompson ... During the 2015-16 season, started 16 games for the Wolves ... Participated in the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in 2015 ... During the 2013-14 season, the Wolves were U.S. Youth Soccer State Champions and Regional Champions ... The Wolves also were U.S. Youth Soccer National Qualifiers ... As a freshman, played at Huron High School for head coach Dan Rossow ... In 2013, played in the U16 Disney Showcase.
Coach Rensing on Morse: “In my opinion, he is one of the best goalkeepers coming out of high school in the country. He has very good size; he’s athletic. He is very good in the air with really good distribution; he has huge upside. We have had a long list of quality goalkeepers in our program. It has been a backbone of our program when you look at guys like Avery Steinlage, Jeremy Clark, Zach Bennett, Jimmy Hague, and even going further back to Tyler Robinson and Reid Friedrichs. He will be someone who can continue to impact our program in a positive way. He also has a good temperament which is good for the goalkeeper position.
Alexander Shterenberg Fr., M, 6-1, Westwood, Massachusetts/Westwood High School
Prior To MSU: Played club soccer for New England Revolution Academy under coach Brian Scales … Elected captain for the 2015 and 2016 seasons … Has Scored 11 career goals and 28 assists entering senior year … USSDA Academy Playoff Quarterfinalists in 2016 … Selected for 2011 and 2012 Massachusetts State ODP team and Region 1 pool … In 2012 and 2013 was selected to USA Region 1 team … Scored three goals and two assists in seven games in Italy with the USA Region 1 team.
Coach Rensing on Shterenberg: “He has a really good range of pass; he reads the game well. He is very technical and a possession-oriented player. I think that the holding mid position is a really important position in how we play here at Michigan State. His ability to help build the game is certainly something that will be a positive. He fits well within our program.”
Fred “Trey” Thompson Fr., M, 6-3, Arlington Virginia/Courtland High School
Prior to MSU: Four-year letterwinner at Courtland High School playing for coach Jack Hitchens … High school captain in 2015, 2016 and 2017 … In 2015 and 2016 was named All-Conference first team and All-Region second team … In 2015, led his team to a 17-1-2 record, Regional champions and State semifinalist … Had seven goals and eight assists in 2016 … Played club soccer for Arlington Attack Red under coach Jake Ouimet … In 2015, club squad was USYS National League Orlando Disney Showcase finalists… 2016 USYS National Championship Semifinalist in Frisco, Texas … ODP Member from 2013-2015 … Region 1 ODP Germany Tournament Finalist in 2015.
Coach Rensing on Thompson: “Trey is tall and athletic probably one of the most athletic kids in the class and will probably be one of the more athletic kids in the program even as a freshman. He has really good feet for a big kid. He can play a lot of different positions in the middle of the field. He is a competitive kid, and I think he will really thrive in the college environment.”
Connor Wineman Fr., F, 5-8, Petoskey, Michigan/Petoskey High School
Prior to MSU: Three-year letterwinner at Petoskey High School playing for coach Zach Jonker … Captain of the Varsity soccer team in 2016 and 2017 … Individual All-Academic honoree in final three years of high school … Senior year first-team All-State … First player from Petoskey to be named to the 2017 Michigan Dream Team … Northern Michigan Review’s Player of the Year … Scored 42 career goals with 23 coming during his senior year … During his final season scored 23 goals and 14 assists led the Big North Conference with 37 points … Played club soccer for Michigan Impact and most recently Midwest United 98 Royal MRL … Won the Wixom showcase with both Michigan Impact and Midwest United.
Coach Rensing on Wineman: “He is really committed and has great character. He is versatile and very quick and just has a knack for scoring goals. He is a wide attacking midfielder and is just super excited to be at Michigan State. I think that with his work rate and his work ethic when he gets challenged in this environment he will also excel and thrive in that kind of competition that we have here at Michigan State.”
Nick Woodruff Fr., D, 6-2, Attleboro, Massachusetts/Bishop Feehan High School
Prior to MSU: Played club soccer for New England Revolutionary Academy from 2012-2017 … Started 105 of 118 career games played … Scoring a total of seven goals with three assists … Captain of U16 team in 2014-15, a team in which went to Generation Adidas Cup … Played every minute of all nine games in Generation Adidas Cup … Voted Minute Man of the Year award, given to a consistent big game player … In 2015-16 made 24 appearances for the U18 team … Made his season debut for the U18 team in the first match of the season … In 2016-17, scored one goal in 13 starts with the U18 team before being called up to Under-23s for training … Top 150 class of 2017 presented by CollegeSoccerNews.com … Participated in three US soccer training centers.
Coach Rensing on Woodruff: “He has very good leadership qualities. He has been captain of that team. He has a very clam presence and reads the game very well. He has a very good range of pass and has a lot of qualities that you look for in a modern-day center back.”