Daley Announces Signing of Top Class in School History

Feb. 12, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head men's soccer coach Chaka Daley announced Wednesday (Feb. 12) the addition of seven prep standouts in Jacob Duska (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep), Tristan Jacob (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), Nathan Kohl (Hillard, Ohio/Hillard Darby), Hans Lee (Seoul, Korea/Seoul Foreign School), Evan Louro (Holmdel, N.J./St. John Vianney), Ahinga Selemani (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Billy Stevens (New Hyde Park, N.Y./New Hyde Park). Additionally, U-M welcomed Georgia State transfer junior midfielder William Mellors-Blair (Nottingham, England/The Nottingham Bluecoat School/Georgia State) at the mid-semester break.

"Our staff is excited about the 2014 incoming class. We feel that the members of this class can immediately contribute to and complement a solid returning group," said head coach Chaka Daley, who is entering his third year with the program. "From top to bottom, this class fills the needs for a group that has the potential to compete at the highest level of college soccer. Our goal as a staff, with our second full recruiting class, was to promote competition amongst the outstanding student-athletes we have in place, and create a great brand of college soccer that can compete for championships on a perennial basis."

The class is ranked as the No. 2 haul in the country, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.


Jake Duska, Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep (Internationals Soccer Academy)

Prep ... Cathedral Prep (2014) ... Spent final two years of high school career with Internationals Soccer Academy ... Attended Florida and Dallas showcases ... Won District 10 championship.

Club ... Internationals Soccer Academy (2012-2014)

Personal ... Jacob Matthew Duska ... Son of Kurt and Kelly Duska ... Will enroll in the school of Literature, Science and the Arts.

Tristan Jacob, Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS (CSA Wolves)

Prep ... Ann Arbor Pioneer (2014) ... Ranked as the No. 92 player in the country by CollegeSoccerNews.com ... Led Michigan Southeastern Conference in goals and assists (2011) ... Elected to Division I All-County, all-district, all-conference teams ... Named to All-State second team ... Spent final two years with CSA Wolves.

Club ... CSA Wolves (2011-14)

Personal ... Tristan Rajiv Jacob ... Son of Verghese Jacob and Sunita Whitehead ... Father, Verghese, played soccer at Eastern Michigan ... Mother, Sunita, played Tennis at Eastern Michigan ... Will enroll in the school of Literature, Science and the Arts.

Nathan Kohl, Hillard, Ohio/Hillard Darby (Columbus Crew Academy)

Prep ... Hillard Darby (2014) ... Former member of U.S. U17 Youth National Team residency program (2012-13) ... Ranked as the No. 44 player in the IMG Academy 150, No. 16 forward, and No. 3 player in the Great Lakes Region by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... Hailed as the No. 23 player in the country by CollegeSoccerNews.com ... Former member of U.S. U17 National Team residency program ... Scored first international goal vs. Trinidad and Tobago ... Won Generation Adidas Tournament Golden Boot Award ... Named to first-team all-conference first two years ... Second-team all-state (2012) ... Spent five years with Crew Academy.

Club ... Columbus Crew Academy (2009-2014)

Personal ... Nathan Eric Kohl ... Son of Keith and Maria Kohl ... Brother, Cameron plays football at Ohio Dominican ... Will enroll in the school of Literature, Science and the Arts.

Hans Lee- Seoul, Korea/Seoul Foreign School

Prep ... Seoul Foreign (2014) ... Korea Korean American Interscholastic Activities Conference All-Tournament Team as a sophomore and junior ... Scored two goals and dished out eight assists in 17 matches as a junior ... Earned Man of the Match honors as on three occasions ... Played in 23 games as a sophomore with a goal and five assists ... . Three-year letterwinner.

Club ... Seoul British FC (2012-14)

Personal ... Hans Lee ... Son of Sanghoon and Kyung Lee ... Has a sister, Yun Jae, who attends NYU ... Will enroll in the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts.

Evan Louro- Holmdel, N.J./Saint John Vianney (New York Red Bulls Academy)

Prep ... Saint John Vianney (2014) ... Former member of US National U17 Residency Program (2011-2013) ... Ranked as the No. 10 player in the country by CollegeSoccerNews.com ... Hailed as the No. 22 player in the nation, No. 2 Goalkeeper, and No. 2 in the New Jersey region by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... Spent final three years with Red Bulls Academy ... Won U16 Generation Adidas MLS Cup in 2011.

Club ... Red Bulls Academy (2008-2014)

Personal ... Evan Michael Louro ... Son of Juan Louro and Irene Losada-Louro ... Will enroll in the school of Literature, Science and the Arts ... Undeclared major.

Ahinga Selemani, Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer (Crew Soccer Academy)

Prep ... Ann Arbor Pioneer (2014) ... Current member of US U18 National Team ... Former member of US National U17 Residency Program (2012-2013) ... Ranked as No. 3 player in the country by CollegeSoccerNews.com ... No. 1 player in Great Lakes Region, No. 7 forward, and four-star prospect by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... No. 12 player in IMG Academy 150 ... Lettered in soccer for two seasons at Ann Arbor-Pioneer ... Honor Roll Student ... Student Council Representative.

Club ... CSA Wolves (2009-14)

Personal ... Ahinga Bienvenu Selemani ... Son of Manyongo & Fatuma Selemani ... Has three sisters and two brothers ... Will enroll in the school of Literature, Science and the Arts.

Billy Stevens, New Hyde Park, N.Y./New Hyde Park (Red Bull Academy)

Prep ... New Hyde Park (2014) ... Former member of the U14 US National Team (2010-2011) as well as US U15 National Team (2011-2012) ... Ranked as the No. 65 player in the IMG Academy 150, No. 17 defender, and No. 11 Player in the New Jersey Region by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... Hailed as the No. 40 player in the country by CollegeSoccerNews.com ...  ... Spent final two years of high school career with Red Bull Academy ... Won national championship in 2012 ... Won Nassau County Conference championship.

Club ... Red Bull Academy (2012-2014)

Personal ... William J. Stevens, Jr ... Son of William and Eileen Stevens ... Brother, John, plays lacrosse at Farmingdale State College ... Undecided major.

William Mellors-Blair, Nottingham, England/The Nottingham Bluecoat School/Georgia State University

2013 (Sophomore) ... Played in seven games, scoring one goal and dishing out one assist ... Had 10 shots on the season (three on goal).

2012 (Freshman) ... Named the No. 49 freshmen in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... Selected to the All-CAA Third Team and CAA All-Rookie Team ... Finished the year with three goals and a team-high six assists for 12 points ... Scored two goals against Georgia Southern on Sept. 14, including the game-winner ... In his first game he notched his first career point by assisting on the game-winning goal at Jacksonville Aug. 24 ... Recorded four assists in his first three matches ... Finished the season with 39 shots (20 SOG) and 1,263 minutes played.

Prep ... Nottingham Bluecoat School and Technology College (2011) ... Played on the wing and at forward ... Member of the Walsall Football Club from 2003-11 ... Scored five goals in one game vs. Preston North End ... Trained with Manchester United Academy from the ages of 12 to 15 before signing with Walsall FC.

Personal ... William Mellors-Blair was born on Nov. 3, 1992 in Nottingham, England ... Son of Winston Blair and Karen Mellors ... Has one sister, Carley.

The Wolverines are coming off a season with an overall record of 8-7-3. In individual accolades, Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./St. John's) made history as the first recipient of the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year award and became the fourth Wolverine to earn back-to-back first team All-Big Ten accolades in program history. In addition to Arnone's prowess, freshmen defenders Lars Eckenrode (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) and Rylee Woods (Jamestown, Ohio/Greeneview) each earned spots on the Big Ten All-Freshman team. Additionally, senior Fabio Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/South Kent School) was selected in the second round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by the Seattle Sounders.

Contact: Scott Kemps (skemps@umich.edu)

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