UCLA Men's Water Polo Signs Four Players for 2006

Feb. 28, 2006

Los Angeles - UCLA men's water polo head coach Adam Krikorian announced Tuesday that four student-athletes have inked National Letters-of-Intent during the winter signing period to attend school and play water polo at UCLA. The class will report to campus in the fall of 2006.

"Although this class isn't large in number, our coaching staff is very proud to add these four talented players to the UCLA program," Krikorian said. "Each of them will bring their own unique style and strengths to the team, and between them, will provide us with a good balance. All four of these players are young men with unselfish, yet highly driven personalities that will fit in well within our team."

UCLA Men's Water Polo Winter Signing Period Recruiting Class for 2006

Clay Jorth
Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS
6-1, Driver/Defender

A First-Team California-Hawaii All-American selection... 2005 Daily Pilot Boys' Water Polo Player of the Year... A First-Team All Orange County selection in 2005... Member of the Team USA water polo team in the Junior World Championships... All-CIF Division I first-team selection... Posted 60 goals, 47 assists, and 40 steals as a junior... Totaled 56 goals, 32 assists, and 36 steals as a sophomore.

Jacob Murphy
Corona Del Mar, Calif./Corona Del Mar HS
6-3, Driver/Defender

A Second-Team All Orange County selection in 2005... Scored 88 goals and totaled 38 steals as a junior... Posted 42 goals, which was second on the team, in 2004... 2004 Second-Team All-League honoree... Third-Team All-CIF in 2004... Named Most Improved Player by team in 2003... Fifth-Team California-Hawaii All-American selection.

Kevin Schmidt
San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Preparatory
6-7, Left-Hander

Two-Time First-Team All-CIF Central Coast Selection (2004-05)... Posted 85 goals in 2005, including three goals in the Central Coast Section 2005 Championship over Live Oak... Led the team in steals... First-Team selection by the San Jose Mercury News... Third-Team California-Hawaii All-American selection... Also plays high school basketball.

Tyler Smith
Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos HS
6-5, Utility

Two-Time All-CIF Northern California Selection... Two-Time First-Team All-CIF Central Coast Selection (2004-05)... Was the first position player chosen as a First-Team selection by the San Jose Mercury News... Member of the USA Under-20 National Team... Teammate of Clay Jorth on the USA Junior National Team... Played 21 games with the Junior Team and scored 70 goals, with 29 assists and 27 steals... Scored 109 goals in 23 games as a junior... Second-Team California-Hawaii All-American selection.


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