Feb. 9, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. -
NC State head coach Kelly Findley as announced the newest additions to the NC State men’s soccer program. Already with two players who enrolled for the spring semester, the Wolfpack has added six players during the February signing period.
“We are very pleased with our incoming group of players for the 2012 class,” said Findley. “We believe that this group of signees, along with Conor Agnew and Jonathan Ray who already started with us, will further establish the foundation of the NC State soccer program.
“While recruiting this class, we looked for the right mentality and the right ability. We believe they all possess both. Each of them comes from a background of success, and have the ambition to be the best they can be. They are a group that is driven to prove themselves and help our team reach its goals on and off of the field.”
Joaquin del Rosario
5-8 • 145
Durham, N.C. • Charles E. Jordan HS
Played at local Charles E. Jordan High School … Played for coach Steve Turner … A four-year starter … Was named the PAC-6 Conference Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011 … NCSCA 4A all-state in 2008 and 2011 … Team was 2010 state champions as a junior … Selected for the USYNT national and international training camps … Played for both Triangle United and then CASL Chelsea FC Academy … Played on the USYS ’93 NC ODP team and Region III ODP team … Received the USSF DA South Conference Starting XI honors at end of 2010-11 season … Ranked #94 in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Top-100 for 2012.
Findley on del Rosario: Joaquin has great technique, attacking ability and is very creative. He is a player that will make his teammates better by creating opportunities for them as well as for himself in the final third. Joaquin has been a winner everywhere he has gone and he will bring that mentality of success to our program as well.
5-10 • 150
Raleigh, N.C. • Sanderson HS
Played at local Sanderson High School … Coached by Todd Worley … A four-year starter … Earned all-state honors as a senior … Was all-region as a junior and senior … Named all-conference three years … Member of NC ODP team … 2011 squad was Region III champions and nation championship finalists … Also played for the NC Alliance coached by former Wolfpack All-American Henry Gutierez … Also trained with the U-23 Carolina RailHawks … Squad was national champions under former Wolfpack player Dwean Bader.
Findley on Ejlali: Dylan has great speed of play, technique and understanding of the game. He is a player that has room to grow and improve, like all players coming into the college environment, but he has the potential to do so. He impressed us at our College Training Center last summer and has been getting better every time we see him play.
6-3 • 190
Naperville, Ill. • Naperville North HS
Played at Naperville North High School … Named captain of the Daily Herald DuPage County All-Area Soccer Team … All-state as a senior … Was IHSSCA all-sectional three years … Also unanimous DVC all-conference selection three years … Team went 22-1-1 as a senior … Shut out their opponent in 14 of their 18 regular-season wins … Also plays for the Chicago Magic Academy … Was born in North Carolina and raised in Illinois.
Findley on Grander: Lee has great size and athletic ability and is one of the hardest working players I have recruited. His desire, commitment and work ethic are going to make him an asset to our program. What I am most impressed with about Lee, is his passion to prove what he is capable of and his willingness to challenge himself.
5-11 • 175
Marietta, Ga. • George Walton HS
Played at George Walton High School … A three-year starter … Captain senior season … Team was the 2011 5A state champions … Named first-team all-county as a junior … Member of the Region 3 ODP team … Selected to Disney Showcase … Also played for the Concorde Fire … Chosen to play in the USSF Academy Summer Showcase in 2010 … Member of 2010 Regional 3 champions in 2010.
Findley on McCauley: Alex is a very good goalkeeper and has a great background of success. His club teams and high school teams have helped him learn how to win and strive for success, and this experience along with his mentality is going to help him reach his goals here. His commitment and dedication to developing his abilities has been very impressive and will help him maximize his potential.
6-1 • 165
Austin, Texas • McNeil High School
Was named a 2011 ESPN Rise first-team All-American … Played at McNeil High School … Named all-district, all-area, all-region, and all-state as a senior … Was named the Defender of the Year for his district by the Austin American Statesman … Helped team to the 2011 state finals game … Two years experience on the USSF Academy team … Also played for the Lonestar Soccer Club … A four-year captain … Selected to the 2010 Disney Showcase all-star team … Ranked the No. 109 recruit according to ESPN.com.
Findley on Nelson: Michael is very athletic, driven and committed to being successful. He is determined to reach his goals and is in a great development environment now with his club team. His athleticism, competitive attitude and commitment to succeed are going to make him very successful here.
6-1 • 180
Wake Forest, N.C. • Wake Forest Rolesville HS
Played at local Wake Forest Rolesville High School … Coached by Jeremiah Mattingly … Three-year letterman … Named all-state as a senior … Scored 39 goals and added 18 assists during high school career … Led Cap-8 in goals and points as a senior … Member of 2011-12 U18 CASL Chelsea FC Academy … Captain of the ’93 CASL Elite … Named to the 2011 South Atlantic Region Team by TopDrawerSoccer.com … Team was 2011 state champions and 2010 Disney Showcase … Selected to play in the NC East-West all-star game and the NC-SC Carolina Clash of the Carolinas … Three-time academic all-conference. … Member of the National Honor Society.
Findley on Poole: Seth is an extremely hard-worker and is fully committed to being the best he can be. He works every day at maximizing his potential and makes players around him better, through his work ethic and determination to succeed. His size, athletic ability and work ethic are a very good and will be a good platform for his development.
The Wolfpack signees will join fellow newcomers Jonathan Ray and Conor Agnew who both enrolled for the spring semester.