May 8, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head men's soccer coach Chaka Daley announced the addition of 10 prep standouts for the 2013 season. The newest Wolverines include midfielder Tyler Anderson (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson), defender Lars Eckenrode (Springfield, Va./West Springfield), forward Ali Jawad (Dearborn Heights, Mich./Dearborn), midfielder Michael Kapitula (North Caldwell, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), goalkeeper Grant Mattia (Macomb Township, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate), midfielder/defender Matt Miazga (Clifton, N.J./Clifton), defender Andre Morris (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood), midfielder Brett Nason (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollow West), forward George Tsirukis (Bethlehem, Pa./Moravian Academy) and defender Rylee Woods (Jamestown, Ohio/Greeneview). In addition to the incoming freshmen, U-M will welcome Providence transfer junior midfielder Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I./Providence Country Day).
"Our staff is pleased with the direction of the program in a very short period," said Daley, who is in his second season at U-M. "With a nationally recognized recruiting class, we are clearly attempting to demonstrate our intentions to recruit high-caliber student-athletes that match the aspirations of our soccer program and Michigan. That process has begun internally, and we believe that the quality of the incoming class can, and will, complement our returning group very nicely as we look to improve upon 2012 and build in to a nationally recognized program on a consistent basis."
The class has four players ranked in the 2013 IMG Academy 150, which is the most in the Big Ten, and is the No. 6 recruiting class in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Six of the signees are ranked amongst the top 150 players in the College Soccer News' Class of 2013, led by Miazga, who comes in at No. 17. Woods holds down the No. 26 spot, while Nason is ranked at No. 47 to round out the top 50.
Tyler Anderson - Midfielder - Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson (Minnesota Thunder)
Anderson hails from Bloomington, Minn., and was a three-year letterwinner at Jefferson High School, earning all-state honors as a junior and all-conference accolades as a sophomore and junior. Anderson played six seasons of club soccer for the Minnesota Thunder Academy. He is ranked as the No. 16 player in the Midwest region and a four-star prospect according to TopDrawerSoccer.com
Lars Eckenrode - Defense/Midfield - Springfield, Va./West Springfield (D.C. United)
Eckenrode, from Springfield, Va., is a hovering 6-foot-3 central defender/holding midfielder who played two seasons for Annandale United as a freshman and sophomore in high school before moving to D.C. United Academy, playing three years, and captained the U-16 squad during the 2011-12 season with D.C. He also played in several reserve league matches this season and is ranked as the No. 64 incoming freshman in the country by College Soccer News, as well as the No. 24 player in the Mid-Atlantic region and a four-star prospect by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Ali Jawad - Forward -Dearborn Heights, Mich./Dearborn (Michigan Wolves)
Jawad, a local product from Dearborn Heights, had 80 goals and 51 assists in three seasons of high school soccer, earning three All-Western Wayne Athletic Conference honors. As a junior, he earned All-Michigan honorable mention with 51 goals. He also played two seasons full time for the Wolves in his junior and senior seasons of high school. Jawad is a four-star prospect according to TopDrawerSoccer.com and is ranked in the IMG Academy 150 at No. 136. He is the No. 9 player in the Great Lakes Region and the No. 39 forward.
Michael Kapitula - Midfield - North Caldwell, N.J./Seton Hall Prep (New York Red Bull Academy)
Kapitula is one of two signees from the Garden State and hails from North Caldwell. A midfielder, he has been a member of the New York Red Bull Academy for five years and played three years of varsity soccer for Seton Hall Prep, earning all-state third team honors as a junior. He, along with fellow signee Matt Miazga, captured the National Academy championship for the Red Bull U-16 squad. He is ranked as a three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Grant Mattia - Goalkeeper - Macomb Township, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate (CSA Wolves)
Mattia, the lone goalkeeper signee in the class, hails from Macomb Township and De La Salle Collegiate Academy. He played two seasons for Waza F.C. and a trio of campaigns for the Crew Soccer Academy Wolves from 2011-13. He is a three-star prospect according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Matt Miazga - Defense - Clifton, N.J./Clifton(U.S. U-18 National Team/Red Bull Academy)
Miazga, who hails from Clifton, N.J., is a member of the U-18 United States National Team and is a former member of the U-18 Polish National Team. He has played the past six seasons for New York Red Bull Academy (2008-13). He, along with fellow signee Michael Kapitula, captured the National Academy championship for the Red Bull U-16 squad and has played in several Red Bull Reserve League matches this season. He is ranked as the No. 17 incoming freshman in the country according to College Soccer News as well as the No. 5 player in the state of New Jersey. Additionally, he is a member of the IMG Academy 150 (No. 58) and a four-star recruit according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Andre Morris - Defender - Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood (CSA Wolves)
Morris, a defender from East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, Mich., is a four-year member of the Derby County/Crew Soccer Academy Wolves and played three seasons at East Kentwood, earning OK Red Rookie of the Year as well all-district accolades as a freshman and a pair of all-district honors as a sophomore and junior. He went on to lead the team to state championship as a sophomore and took All-Michigan honors as a junior. He is ranked as the No. 96 player in the country by College Soccer News as well as a three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Brett Nason - Midfield - Melville, N.Y./Half Hollow West (Albertson F.C.)
Nason, from Melville, N.Y., is a midfielder and former member of Dix Hills Thunder (2002-09), and current standout for Albertson F.C. (2009-13). He played his high school soccer for Half Hallow Hills, where he was All-League IV as a freshman, as well as All-Nassau County as a sophomore and junior. He is ranked as the No. 47 player in the country by College Soccer News, the No. 14 player in the New York Region, and a four-star prospect by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
George Tsirukis - Forward - Bethlehem, Pa./Moravian Academy (FC Delco)
Tsirukis, from Bethlehem, Pa., attended Moravian Academy and played a trio of seasons for FC Delco, which included a 2011-12 United States Soccer Development Academy Summer Showcase. As a junior at Moravian, he was named Lehigh Valley MVP and led the Colonial League in goals all-three seasons of his college career. As a senior, he scored eight goals in 11 playoff games to lead the team to the state quarterfinals. He is ranked as the No. 120 player in the country by College Soccer News, the No. 6 player in the state of Pennsylvania, the No. 44 forward in the country and a four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Rylee Woods - Defender -Jamestown, Ohio/Greeneview (CSA Wolves)
Woods, from Jamestown, Ohio, played the past two seasons for the Crew Soccer Academy Wolves and attended Greenview High School. He was a three-time All-Ohio Heritage Conference and All-Miami Valley region honoree and earned all-state honors as a junior. A defender, he scored more than 35 goals in his high school career. Woods is ranked as the No. 26 player in the country by College Soccer News, as well as the No. 146 player in the IMG Academy 150, the No. 10 player in the Great Lakes Region and the No. 24 defender, and is a four-star recruit according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Marcos Ugarte - Midfield - Providence, R.I./Providence College
Ugarte joins the fold with junior eligibility after playing his freshman season for the Friars under the guidance of Daley and will be eligible immediately. As a freshman, he earned Big East All-Rookie Team accolades, starting 18 of 20 matches, and tied for the team lead in points with 15 -- with six goals and three assists -- and leaves Providence with eight goals, five assists, and 21 points in his collegiate career. Prior to Providence, he was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Rhode Island and was a member of the first XI selection in the U.S. Soccer Academy Northeast Region.
The Wolverines are coming off an appearance in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament championship match, and an NCAA Tournament home victory, as well a five-win improvement from the 2011 season with a 11-10-1 record in the first year under the Daley regime. The squad returns 2012 All-Big Ten first team midfielder Tyler Arnone, All-Big Ten second team goalkeeper Adam Grinwis, All-Big Ten Freshman Team honoree James Murphy, and 2011-12 leading goal scorer Fabio Villas Boas Pereira.