MSU Soccer Announces 2018 Recruiting Class
Spartan head coach Damon Rensing adds seven to 2018 roster.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State men's soccer head coach Damon Rensing announced the addition of seven student-athletes as part of the 2018 recruiting class.
MSU welcomes Julian Ajroja (Sleepy Hollow, Illinois), Jack Beck (DeWitt, Michigan), Davis Hooten (Rock Hill, South Carolina), Farai Mutatu (Haslett, Michigan), Oluwaola-ayo Ogunwale (East Brunswick, New Jersey), Will Perkins (Gross Pointe Park, Michigan) and Colton Stanley (The Woodlands, Texas).
"We are really excited about the 2018 class! First, I want to thank my assistant coaches Cale Wassermann and Ben Pirmann for their help with putting this class together," MSU head coach Damon Rensing said. "Between evaluating players, communicating with them, and hosting them on campus we as a group have worked extremely hard in assembling this fantastic recruiting class.
"We want to welcome these seven young men to the Michigan State soccer family! This group fits several needs and positions. It is a very balanced class with players that are skillful, athletic, and competitive. The combination of those characteristics has helped this program to three Elite Eight's in the last five years. It is our goal that these seven student-athletes help us to continue this success and push the program further."
2018 Michigan State Soccer Signees
Fr., F, 6-0, Sleepy Hollow, Illinois/Dundee-Crown High School
Prior To MSU: Four-year varsity player at Dundee-Crown High School under coach Reynaldo Vargas ... Led Dundee-Crown to its first-ever Regional Championship in 2016 ... Earned conference championships in both 2015 and 2016 ... Was an IHSSCA All-State selection in 2017 as well as earning IHSSCA All-Conference honors in both 2015-16 ... Scored 37 goals and 26 assists in the last two seasons in 2015-16 and Earned Fox Valley All-Conference from 2015-17 ... Named to the Elgin Courier News All-Area Played for the Chicago Inferno club since 2016 ... Played ODP Region II in both 2015 and 2016 ... Son of Tair and Angelike Ajroja.
Coach Rensing on Ajroja: "Julian is an athletic forward who has a nose for the goal. He has a great work rate off the ball which puts him in so many good goal scoring opportunities. He has the ability to hold the ball up or run in behind. He will provide good depth to a talented attacking group this year."
Fr., M, 6-0, DeWitt, Michigan/DeWitt High School
Prior To MSU: Played high school soccer and golf at DeWitt High School in 2015 and 2016, earning all-district, all-conference and all-academic honors ... Plays club soccer for the Crew Academy Wolves coached by Lars Richters and Scott Duhl along with future MSU teammates Farai Mutatu and Will Perkins ... Was the Wolves leading scorer in 2016 and was second in scoring in 2017 ... Father, Kurt, played soccer at Central Michigan ... Son of Kurt and Laura Beck.
Coach Rensing on Beck: "Jack is a local product that has been around Michigan State Athletics for years. First off, he has an exceptional left foot. He has a very good work rate, is a versatile player, and has a great competitive spirit. Jack has the ability to play multiple positions here at MSU due to the fact that he is a good two-way player. He played for the Crew Academy Wolves coached by Lars Richters and Scott Duhl."
Fr., GK, 6-1, Rock Hill, South Carolina/Northwestern High School
Prior To MSU: Four-year starter at Northwestern High School for head coach Dom Wren ... Named Northwestern High School's Defensive MVP in both 2016 and 2017 ... Earned all-region and all-area honors in 2016 and 2017 ... Named Top Drawer Soccer Spring State Star for the for South Carolina in 2017 ... Was a Region III ODP Pool Player in 2016 ... Played for Discoveries Soccer Club, finishing second in the ECNL Southeast Conference ... Currently plays for the Carolina Elite Soccer Club ... Son of Mark and Denise Hooten.
Coach Rensing on Hooten: "We first saw Davis at our Summer ID Camp. He really had all the tools you would want in a collegiate goalkeeper. He has good size, he is athletic, he is good with both his hands and feet, and has a great temperament. He will certainly add to an already talented goalkeeper unit."
Fr., F, 5-8, Haslett, Michigan/Haslett High School
Prior To MSU: Played soccer for Crew SD Academy Wolves coached by Lars Richters and Scott Duhl along with future MSU teammates Jack Beck and Will Perkins ... Scored 22 goals for the Wolves in 2016 and 17 in 2017 ... Brothers, Trinity (Northwood) and Ranfariro (Siena Heights) both played collegiate soccer ... Also played for Lansing United .. Born in Zimbabwe ... Son of Washington and Jane Mutatu.
Coach Rensing on Mutatu: "Farai is another local product who plays with Crew Academy Wolves. We have watched Farai play from an early age. He is dynamic, skillful, and runs at defenders very well. He is comfortable either scoring or setting up his teammates. Farai, simply put, is one of the best attacking players in the country for the 2018 class. Having said all of that, Farai is a better person and leader than a soccer player."
Fr., D, 5-10, East Brunswick, New Jersey/YSC Academy
Prior To MSU: Played soccer for the Philadelphia Union Academy ... Attends YSC Academy and plays for head coach Jeff Cook ... Son of Vickie Pellagrino and the late Oluwadiran Ogunwale.
Coach Rensing on Ogunwale: "Olu comes to Michigan State from New Jersey while playing for the Philadelphia Union Academy. He is an extremely athletic and tenacious defender. His pace allows him to attack and transition to defense easily from the right back position. Having said that, Olu can also play center back as well. Olu has a great off field personality as well."
Fr., D, 5-8, Gross Pointe Park, Michigan/University of Detroit Jesuit High School
Prior To MSU: Plays club for the Crew Academy Wolves coached by Lars Richters and Scott Duhl along with future MSU teammates Jack Beck and Farai Mutatu ... Son of Sean and LaTrice Perkins.
Coach Rensing on Perkins: "Will is our third player that comes from the Crew Academy Wolves Club coached by Lars Richters and Scott Duhl. Will is capable of playing either outside back position, either outside attacking position, and even a little center back. He is extremely quick and very comfortable on the ball which allows him to impact the final third from the outside back position. He has the ability to compete for minutes right away."
Fr., D, 6-1, The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands High School
Prior To MSU: Played club soccer for the Texas Rush USSDA, and the Houston Dynamo Youth USSDA for the last four years ... Started 90 of 95 games at left or right center back and have been team captain three out of last four years ... Scored 11 goals as a defender ... Sister played soccer at Baylor ... Son of Craig and Leissa Stanley.
Coach Rensing on Stanley: "We first saw Colton play with the Texas Rush directed by Don Gemmel. He then attended our Summer ID Camp and he stood out right away. Colton has good size, is comfortable on the ball, and has good communication/leadership skills. These are all necessary attributes for a Big Ten center back. We think his best soccer days are still ahead of him."
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