May 7, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - UCLA men's soccer coach Jorge Salcedo has landed another outstanding recruiting class by signing eight newcomers to join the Bruins for the 2012 season. Included in this class are five players that are ranked in the Top Drawer Soccer National Top 100 Recruits list and five that have national team experience. Two signees, Holden Fender and Cole Nagy, each garnered NSCAA Youth All-America honors in 2011 while also earning All-State honors during their high school tenure. The Bruins also added sophomore transfer Leo Stolz, who earned CAA all-conference and all-rookie honors as a freshman in 2011. Overall, UCLA's class consists of five players from California, one player from Georgia, one player from Arizona and one player from Germany.
"We are very excited to introduce the 2012 class," Head Coach Jorge Salcedo said. "The recruiting paradigm has changed over the past few years, but the bottom line is to sign young men who will be winners on and off the field, because the players are the backbone of UCLA Soccer. This class, which is comprised of youth National Team members, U.S. Soccer Academy National Champions, and the top players in our country gives us a group of players who will help our program continue to be successful. While we lost very talented players from a team that reached the 2011 College Cup, I am very confident this recruiting class will achieve great things in the years to come."
Individual player biographies are below.
2012 UCLA Men's Soccer Signing Class
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown||Previous School/Club Team|
|Juan Cervantes||GK||6-0||185||Gardena, Calif.||Animo Leadership Charter HS/South Bay Force|
|Tim Fairley||MF||6-0||165||Folsom, Calif.||Vista del Lago HS/Blues95|
|Holden Fender||D/MF||6-2||180||Marietta, Ga.||George Walton HS/Concorde Fire|
|Nico Gonzalez||MF||5-9||137||Lodi, Calif.||Tokay HS/San Juan|
|Grady Howe||D/MF||5-10||155||Corona Del Mar, Calif.||Corona Del Mar HS/LA Galaxy|
|Cole Nagy||MF/D||5-8||160||Scottsdale, Ariz.||Chaparral HS/Real Salt Lake Arizona Academy|
|Leo Stolz||MF||5-11||170||Munich, Germany||George Mason University/Munich 1860|
|Javan Torre||D||6-2||170||Santa Monica, Calif.||Crossroads HS/Pateadores|
Attended Animo Leadership Charter High School (Inglewood, Calif.) for four years ... Played under head coach Sergio Medrano and recorded 18 shutouts in 35 games for Animo ... Earned second-team All-Harbor Area League honors and was an All-CIF-South Section Regional finalist in both his freshman and sophomore years ... Captain for South Bay Force club team from U-12 to U-18 ... Member of U-17 U.S. Residency Camp in Bradenton, Fla. ... Member of Pateadores Club team that won the 2010-2011 U.S. U-17/18 Development Academy Championship ... Ranked No. 34 recruit in the nation according to ESPN HS and No. 71 recruit according to Top Drawer Soccer ... Also played on LA Galaxy U-18 Academy Team.
Played under UCLA alum Jimmy Frazelle and was a four-year varsity letterwinner at Vista Del Lago High School (Folsom, Calif.) ... Earned All-League honors three times and was named the League and City MVP in 2011 ... Helped lead Vista del Lago to three league championships and two section titles ... Set a school and league record for points and goals by scoring 33 goals and recording 74 points his senior year in 2011 ... Captained his club team Blues95 to championships in the 2011 Davis Legacy College Showcase, California North State Cup, Northern California Spring Showcase and San Diego Surf College Cup ... Also captained club team to a No. 1 ranking in the country according to gotsoccer.com.
Played for four years under head coach Bucky Boozer at George Walton High School (Marietta, Ga.), captaining the school to 2011 Georgia State Championship ... Named NSCAA first-team All-American in 2011 ... 2011 All-State selection ... Member of both the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team Residency Program and U-19 Indoor National Team ... Ranked as the No. 41 recruit in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer ... Played his club soccer for Concorde Fire, leading them to the 2011 Southern Conference title ... Named to U.S. Soccer Development Academy's U-15/16 Starting XI for 2010-2011 ... Participated in Georgia's ODP from 2007-2010.
Three-year letterwinner in soccer at Tokay High School (Lodi, Calif.) ... Three-time All-League selection and four-year captain ... Named League Midfielder of the Year in 2011 after leading Tokay to a second place finish in their league ... Two-time team MVP ... Set a school record for assists as a freshman in 2008 with 23 ... Served as captain of his club team San Juan.
Two-time varsity letterwinner at Corona del Mar High School (Corona del Mar, Calif.) ... Earned All-League and Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman after scoring eight goals ... Member of the LA Galaxy U-16 Youth Academy team ... Helped lead the Galaxy to the 2011 U-15/16 National Championship and MLS Generation Adidas Cup, as well as the 2010 MLS Sum Cup.
Led Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) to a runner-up finish at the Arizona High School 4a State Championships ... Earned First-Team All-State honors ... Named an NSCAA High-School All-American in 2011 ... Rated as the No. 19 recruit in the country according to Top Drawer Soccer ... Has played for both the United States and Canada U-17 National Teams ... Played his club soccer with both the Real Salt Lake Arizona Academy and Sereno Soccer Club ... Five-time State Champion with Sereno 94 Boys White ... Captained Sereno to a Runner-Up finish at the 2009 National Championships and the 2009 Far West Region Championship ... Helped lead Arizona ODP 94 team to a quarterfinal appearance at the 2007 Gothia World Youth Cup.
Sophomore transfer from George Mason ... Started all 18 matches for the Patriots as a freshman in 2011 and earned second team all-conference and all-rookie accolades ... Finished third on the team with 11 points on four goals and three assists ... Attended Gymnasium Pullach High School in Munich, Germany ... Played for seven years with club team 1860 Munich ... Member of extended U-18 German National Team and All-Star State team ... Helped lead state team to three consecutive indoor championships from 2008-10.
Played for four years at Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, Calif. ... Competed for the U.S. U-18 National Team at the 2011 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, helping team to a third-place finish ... Rated No. 23 recruit in the country by Top Drawer Soccer ... Trained with the U.S. U-20 National Team this past winter ... Member of Pateadores Club team that won the 2010-2011 U.S. U-17/18 Development Academy Championship ... Named to the 2010-2011 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Starting XI ... Member of LA Galaxy U-18 Youth Academy team, playing in two reserve games with the club.