M. Soccer's 2014 Recruiting Class Ranked 37th in Nation
April 17, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's soccer 2014 recruiting class has been ranked No. 37 in the nation by College Soccer News. It's the fifth time in the last six years SDSU has been listed in the top 40 by the publication, previously being ranked No. 30 in 2012.
The Aztecs have added 17 incoming players for the upcoming fall season, as the publication highlighted defenders Brady Blackwell (Dublin, Ohio) and Jeffrey Rhodes (Brownsburg, Ind.), as well as midfielder Pablo Vazquez (Madrid, Spain). Blackwell is ranked No. 108 in this year's class of high school seniors by College Soccer News, as well as No. 17 in the region and a four-star recruit by Top Drawer Soccer.
Rhodes is ranked 128th by Top Drawer Soccer and 149th by College Soccer News. Vazquez, a transfer from San Jacinto College, was an NSCAA first-team All-American and an all-South Region first team selection last season as a sophomore.
It is one of the best recruiting classes San Diego State has had during head coach Lev Kirshner's 14-year tenure, as individual accolades include, but are not limited to, an All-American, a U.S. National Team member, two four-star recruits in addition to regional and state ODP team members.
SDSU competes in the Pac-12 conference, which was the No. 1-ranked RPI conference in the nation last season. Its 2013 schedule included a top-10 opponent in seven of the final nine weeks of the season and featured 11 matches against teams who made the NCAA Tournament, with the Aztecs tying Sweet 16 participant Stanford twice. San Diego State also opened the 2013 campaign with a dominant victory over crosstown foe No. 16/21/12 San Diego, 5-0.