FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s soccer program and head coach Bob Butehorn has announced the signing of six National Letters of Intent for the FGCU class of 2013. The talented 2013 recruiting class is comprised of players from Florida, Texas, Indiana, Canada, and the Dominican Republic.
The homegrown talent features the attack-minded outside player Deion Jones and the crafty midfield ability of Andres Navas. From the Lonestar State, the Eagles welcome Alexei Reyes, rated as one of the top 50 recruits in the country by Topdrawer Soccer, who plays a central midfielder role. Jeremy Vollmer, the Indiana Player of the Year, will add a tough, competitive, physical presence to the central part of the midfield and defense. Canadian forward Jelani Smith brings speed, size and a knack for finding the net. Finally, defender Francisco Ubiera from the Dominican Republic brings a wealth of national team experience to the FGCU backline.
“This is another outstanding class of talented student-athletes that will represent our program,” said Bob Butehorn. “Collectively they will strengthen our team and assist in the building of a winning tradition of FGCU soccer."
Meet the Class of 2013
Deion Jones 5’8” 140 lbs
Tampa, FL (Temple Terrace Spirit/Freedom HS)
Member of Florida ODP team from 2005-09. Member of Florida ODP team that placed 3rd in US Youth Soccer, ODP National Championships in 2007. Named to 2009 Region III ODP pool, selected and competed in Region III ODP team trip to Costa Rica in March, 2009. Member of Super Y League National Team from 2006-07. Freedom High School varsity starter from 2007-09, captained team to 2009 FHSAA Class 5A State Finals. 2008-09 1st Team All-Hillsborough County. 2007 Honorable Mention All-Hillsborough County.
Andres Navas 5’10” 150 lbs
Miami, FL (Miami FC Kendall/Sunset Senior HS/Florida International)
Member of Miami FC Kendall, US Soccer Development Academy team. 2008 Disney Showcase Champions. US Youth Soccer, Florida State Champions in 2005 and 2008 with Kendall Soccer Coalition. Sunset Senior High School, varsity starter from 2006-2008, Dade County District Champions in 2008 and 2006. 2008 2nd team All-Dade County, 2007 Honorable Mention All-Dade County.
Alexei Reyes 5’9” 160 lbs
Dallas, TX (Andromeda SC/Jesuit College Preparatory)
Ranked as the 46th prospect in the nation in 2009 by TopDrawerSoccer.com. 2008 Adidas ESP participant and All-Star selection. 2008 NSCAA/Adidas Youth All-Region Selection. Member of Andromeda SC, US Soccer Development Academy team. Member of North Texas ODP team from 2005-07, member of Region III ODP team from 2005-07, member of U15-16 US National Pool. US Youth Soccer, North Texas State Champions in 2007 and 2008 with Solar SC. Jesuit College Preparatory, varsity starter from 2006-09, captained Jesuit from 2007-09.
Jelani Smith 6’3” 200 lbs
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (Italia Shooters/Rick Hansen Secondary)
Provincial East Champions in 2008 and 2009 with Hearts Azzuri. Canadian Soccer League, National Division Champions in 2008 with Italia Shooters. Youngest player in Canadian Soccer League in 2007, with Canadian Lions. Member of National Training Center in 2007-08. BMO Financial Group National Championship silver medalist. Member of Ontario U-16 Provincial Team.
Francisco Ubiera 6’1” 160 lbs
Central Romana, La Romana, Dominican Republic (La Romana FC/Abraham Lincoln School)
Received first international cap as a member of Dominican Republic National Team in October 2008. Captained and participated in all CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers for U-20 Dominican Republic National Team in 2008 and 2009. Past member of U-17 Dominican Republic National Team. Abraham Lincoln School varsity starter and MVP from 2005-08. Regional champions with Abraham Lincoln School from 2005-08.
Jeremy Vollmer 5’8” 163 lbs
Carmel, IN (Carmel United SC/Westfield HS)
2008 NSCAA/Adidas High School, Indiana Player of the Year. 2008 NSCAA/Adidas High School, All-America and All-Region selection. 2008 Indiana 1st team All-State, 2007 2nd team All-State, 2006 Honorable Mention All-State. Member of Carmel United SC, US Soccer Development Academy team. 2006-08 All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference, 1st team selection. 2006-08 All-Hamilton County, 1st team selection. 2006-08 All-District selection. Westfield HS, varsity starter from 2006-08. Member of Indiana ODP team in 2007.