March 3, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team is coming off a record-breaking season, and Head Coach Damon Rensing looks to continue the success of the program by adding five high school seniors for the 2011 roster, signing those athletes to National Letters of Intent. The 2010 season saw the first senior class in school history earn NCAA Tournament bids in each of its four years, while two members of that senior class, Colin Givens and Spencer Thompson, were drafted by Major League Soccer. Michigan State finished the 2010 season with a 13-7-2 overall record, (the fifth consecutive season with 11 or more wins) and into the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time since its National Championship season of 1968.
"We are really excited about the 2011 class, which will deepen our pool of players as we continue to build off the success of the last few years," noted head coach Damon Rensing, who will be in his third season as the Spartan head coach in 2011. "This is a talented, athletic and versatile group of players who will be able to compete for playing time and starting positions right from the start. These five players have great character off the field and are good students in the classroom, something that MSU coccer has relied on for years. We look forward to getting them on campus this fall."
< Fatai Alashe
Southfield Mich. / Northville
Named to the All-Area, All-Conference, All-District, and All-State teams both as a junior and as a senior...Led his high school team in scoring both his senior (9) and junior (10) seasons...Member of the District Championship team as a sophomore...Played on the U-17/18 Vardar Academy team, where they were the 2010 Development Academy National Champions...Earned varsity letters his sophomore, junior and senior years, and was a captain as a senior ... Born Oct. 21, 1993...Son of Waheed and Polly Simms Alashe...Brother, Latif Alashe, plays soccer at Michigan...Plans to major in accounting.
Rensing on Alashe:
"Fatai has all the tools to be a good college soccer player. He is technical, has a great work rate, very athletic, and is a competitor. I think his personality fits what we are looking for here at MSU. His experience with the Vardar Academy Teams will certainly prepare him for college soccer."
Northbrook, Ill. / Glenbrook North
Named to the All-State and North Stars All-Area teams as a senior...2010 Chicago Tribune Preseason Top-Five `Goalkeepers to Watch' ... All-Conference and All-Sectional selection his junior year...High school team won the 2010 Conference Championship...Member of the Chicago Fire Academy...Played for the Spartan FC club team for four years...Earned varsity letters in baseball and soccer, and captained the soccer team as a senior ...Honor Roll all four years...Earned the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Award...Born Nov. 19, 1992...Son of Gary and Dawn McAnaney...Sister, Ali McAnaney, plays softball at Middlebury College...Plans to major in kinesiology.
Rensing on McAnaney:
"Quinn came to our summer camp and impressed with not only his physical tools, but how he approaches every training session and game. Yanni Caparos has done a nice job developing Quinn, and with Quinn playing with the Chicago Fire, he will be in top form this fall."
Sylvania Ohio / St. John's Jesuit
Named to the NSCAA All-Region team and ESPN RISE Fall Preview Mid-East Starting Eleven, and was unanimously selected as District Player of the Year as a senior...Selected to the All-State First Team his senior and junior seasons...Earned All-District First Team recognition as a sophomore...All-District Honorable Mention his freshman year... Captain in both his junior and senior seasons ... Holds high school single-season and career records in wins, goals, assists, and points ..District Runner up as a freshman ... District Semi-Finalists his sophomore year...Regional Finalists as a junior...As a senior, his high school team were state semi-finalists, ranked 3rd in the state and 19th in the country ... Played with the Pacesetter Club in 2009 and 2010, where they were the MRL Premier League First Division Champions and the State Cup Runner Up ... Earned varsity letters all four years ... Earned Academic First honors for seven semesters...Born Oct. 16, 1992...Son of James and Michele Montague...Brother, Taylor Montague, rowed at Georgetown ... Plans to major in finance.
Rensing on Montague:
"Adam is one of the top forwards in the Midwest, if not the country. He has a knack for producing goals when the game is on the line. He has good feet for his size, he is very good in the air, and works on both sides of the ball. Jimmy Walker has done a great job with the Pacesetter club, and Adam."
Commerce, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern
Earned All-Conference and All-District recognition all four years and All-Region accolades as a sophomore, junior and senior...Named to the All-State Second Team both his junior and senior seasons...High school team was City Champions all four years, District Finalists his freshman and senior seasons, and District Champions during his junior campaign ...Member of the USSDA Derby County Wolves, where they were the U-16 National Champions ...Born Feb. 11, 1993...Son of Kenneth and Carol Rutz.
Rensing on Rutz:
"Kyle is a player who the more you see, the more you appreciate what he can do. He is a very consistent player, is technically sound, understands the game well, can attack, and defend. Playing for the Derby County Wolves U-18 team will definitely prepare Kyle for Big Ten soccer."
Lake Orion, Mich. / Lake Orion
All-District and All-League selection all four years...Named to the All-Region team three times...Earned third Team All-State, second Team All-State and 1st Team All-State his sophomore, junior and senior years, respectively...District MVP as a sophomore and senior... Four-year high school letterwinner and three-time captain ... Member of the Vardar Academy team, which won the 2010 USSDA U18 National Championship ...Earned varsity letters in soccer all four years...Scholar Athlete...Born March 10, 1993...Son of Chet Skamiera and Kelli King...Brother, Chet Skamiera, played soccer at Detroit Mercy...Plans to major in finance.
Rensing on Skameira:
"We are really excited to have Blake here at Michigan State. He is very good with both feet, runs well, has good vision, and can play a multitude of positions. Athletically, Blake will be able to compete right from the start. Both He and Fatai are teammates on the Vardar Academy and we look forward to following their progress this spring."