FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off a season in which he led FGCU to its third straight Atlantic Sun regular season crown and second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, head coach Bob Butehorn announced the program’s talented seven-member 2013 recruiting class on Friday.
||Hometown/High School or Academy
||Lutz, Fla./George Steinbrenner HS
||Albuquerque, N.M./El Dorado HS (N.M.)/Westminster (Colo.)
||Valle del Cauca, Colombia/Montverde Academy (Fla.)
||Dallas, Texas/Hillcrest HS
||Altamonte Springs, Fla./Florida Virtual School
||Miami Shores, Fla./Florida Virtual School
||Plano, Texas/Plano Senior HS
“This promising recruiting class is the result of the tremendous collective effort of the entire men's soccer staff and administration,” said Butehorn, the 2012 NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year and a two-time A-Sun Coach of the Year. “Alex, Mark, and Danny did a fantastic job on every level of the process. We're thrilled to have these impressive young men join our FGCU family and share in the excitement and growth of our program and the university.”
Hometown: Lutz, Fla.
High School: George Steinbrenner HS
High School Coach: Chad Ebright
Club Team: Chargers SC
Club Team Coach: Mauricio Pesaresi
Helped lead George Steinbrenner HS to the Class 4A State Finals in just the program’s fourth year of existence and an overall record of 19-3-3 … registered a hat trick in the Class 4A regional semifinals to highlight five goals in the regional … helped the Warriors advance to the championship with the golden goal in the State semifinals … scored in two of three games for the US Region III ODP squad at the Interregional Tournament in Alabama (Dec. 7-9, 2012) … voted Region III MVP in Costa Rica following team title … captain of Charger SC club in 2013.
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
High School(s): El Dorado (N.M.)/Westminster HS (Colo.)
Club Team: Colorado Rush
Club Team Coach: Erik Bushey
Rated as a four-star recruit and ranked No. 88 in the IMG Top 150 by TopDrawerSoccer.com … also ranked No. 14 in the Rocky Mountains and Southwest region … named to the inaugural U-17 Tournament Best 11 at the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships as a member of the Rush Nike 94 ... US Youth Soccer National League leading scorer in 2010-11 … led El Dorado to a New Mexico 5A State Championship in 2010 and 2011 … nominated for Gatorade State Player of the Year in New Mexico in 2010, in which he was named an All-State, All-District and All-Metro first team selection in 2010.
Hometown: Valle del Cauca, Colombia
High School: Montverde Academy
High School Coach: Mike Potempa
Two-year member of a Montverde Academy team that finished 2013 ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps and Elite Soccer Report with a record of 23-0-1 … part of a defense that helped Montverde Academy compile a 46-0-5 record over his two seasons … named to the Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament (MAST) All-Tournament team after leading the Eagles to the team title in 2013, allowing just one goal over three games … one of six Division I signees from MVA … played junior season with current FGCU defender Luis Vega.
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
High School: Hillcrest HS
Club Team: FC Dallas
Club Team Coach: Chris Hayden
Won 2012 USSDA U-17/18 National Championship as a member of FC Dallas … played alongside current FGCU defender Aaron Guillen … played 89 minutes in the National Championship game against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC … helped lead FC Dallas to a 30-4-4 overall record in 2012 that included a first place finish in the Texas Division at 21-3-1 … joined FC Dallas Junior Academy in 2009.
Hometown: Altamonte Springs, Fla.
High School: Florida Virtual School
Club Team: Orlando City U23
Club Team Coach: Paul Shaw
Trained with Orlando City’s first team and played with the club’s Premier Development League team … spent three years in Argentina as part of the Boca Juniors’ youth system … played for Club Atletico Boca for three years, reaching the 6th Division.
Hometown: Miami Shores, Fla.
High School: Florida Virtual School
Club Team: Schulz Academy
Club Coach: Josef Shultz
Member of the USL PDL Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy and spent the 2010 season with LASK Linz in Austria … scored five goals in 2011 for Schulz Academy.
Hometown: Plano, Texas
High School: Plano Senior HS
High School Coach: Bob Weir
Club Team: AYSES Soccer Club
Club Coach: Sam Olali
Helped lead AYSES ’94 Boys Gold team to a No. 1 ranking in North Texas by GotSoccer.com … club won the Disney Showcase, the North Texas State Cup and reached the semifinals of the USYS 2012 Region III Championships … guided Plano Senior High to the Texas 5A Regional semifinals … named to the 10-5A All-District team … participated in the Real Madrid Select Camp in Madrid, Spain in 2009 … member of AYSES Soccer Club since U-11.