Six newcomers will join a talented crop of four mid-year enrollees, bringing NC State soccer's recruiting class up to No. 3 in the country and tops in the ACC according to Top Drawer Soccer.
"We are pleased to add these players to our current squad," said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. "They are all driven, highly motivated players who want to help NC State men's soccer reach its goals. They fit in well with the culture that our staff and current players have created. I look forward to watching them grow in the NC State jersey."
Capsules on all nine newcomers below:
Conor Donovan, D Club: Capital Area Rail Hawks Coach: John Bradford Hometown: Fuquay-Varina, N.C. College Soccer News - #15 Nationally Top Drawer Soccer - ★★★★, #28 Nationally, #2 South Atlantic Region
Trained with the U18 and U20 USA Men's National Teams, scoring three international goals and earning 33 international caps... NCSAA Youth All-American... Played high school soccer at Cardinal Gibbons, making varsity as a freshman for the 2010 NC State 3A Champions... Formerly coached by NC State alums Henry Gutierrez, Tab Ramos, Dewan Bader, Dario Brose, and El Hadj Cisse... Team captain of the Region III East Champions in 2011 and 2012, State Cup Champions in 2012, and State Cup finalist in 2011... Attended U17 MNT Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., all four semesters of the U17 cycle (Sophomore & Junior)... Top 11 Honors at the AGS Cup in Spain 2011.
Caleb Duvernay, D Club: Capital Area Railhawks Coach: John Bradford Hometown: Cary, N.C. College Soccer News - #72 Nationally Top Drawer Soccer - ★★★★, #47 Nationally, #5 South Atlantic Region
Named to the 2013 USSF Development Academy 15/16 Starting XI... Participated in the U15 US National Team and the U-17 US National Team Residency Program... Participated in Academy Select Game at the 2011 Nike Friendlies. Member of Capital Area Railhawks Academy Program.
Matias Fracchia, D Club: NJSA 04 Coach: Tab Ramos Hometown: Roselle Park, N.J. College Soccer News - #100 Nationally Top Drawer Soccer - ★★★★, #84 IMG Academy 150, #13 Regionally, #22 Defender
Member of the U-20 USA Men's National Team. Ranked No. 82 in the IMG Academy 150, No. 13 in New Jersey Region, No. 22 nationally among defenders... Participated in the U-17/18 Development Academy, making the East Conference Starting XI... Played in the 2012 Development Academy Select game.
Marius Heislitz, GK Club: Georgia United Coach: Tony Annan Hometown: Cumming, Ga. College Soccer News - #37 Nationally Top Drawer Soccer - ★★★★, #49 Nationally, #6 Goalkeeper, #7 South Atlantic Region
Member of the 2013 U-18 USA Men's National Team. Named to the 2013 USSF Development Academy 17/18 Starting XI... Participated in the 2012 U-17 US National Team Residency Program... Played for Georgia United Academy U16/U18 from 2011 to 2014... Trained with Middlesbrough FC in 2013, Everton FC Academy in 2012, and Westham Academy from 2008-11... Made the Region III 96B Team in 2009, 2010, and 2011... Four-year member of the Georgia ODP from 2008-11... Starting varsity goalkeeper for his high school's run to the state finals during his freshman season in 2011.
Zach Knudson, MF Club: Players Development Academy Coaches: Gerry McKeown and Sam Nellins Hometown: Oakland, N.J. Top Drawer Soccer - ★★★★, #24 New Jersey Region
Competed for three years at the Players Development Academy (PDA) for NC State Alum Gerry McKeown... Spent time training with clubs in Colombia and Spain.
Andrew Malinich, MF Club: Louisiana Fire Juniors Coaches: Matt Millet and Steven McAnespie Hometown: New Orleans, La. Top Drawer Soccer - ★★★
Earned all-state honors in 2012 and 2013. Named to the Louisiana Prep XI First Team in 2013. Six-year varsity starter beginning in seventh grade. Three-time all-district honoree, and three-time team MVP. Made the 2013 Greater New Orleans All-Metro Team. Finished his high school career with 95 goals and 54 assists. Played club soccer for the 2011 Louisiana State Cup Champion. Member of the National Honor Society.
Reed Norton, D Club: Concorde Fire Coach: Gregg Blasingame Hometown: Evans, Georgia 2012 ESPN Rise Top 150 - #98 2012 College Soccer News Top 150 - #50 Top Drawer Soccer - ★★★★, #5 Ranked Player in the Southern Conference
Started in all 37 games played at Georgia Southern University... Named All-SoCon freshman team in 2012 and All-SoCon first team in 2013... Member of the U17 United States National Team Residency program... Club teammate of current Wolfpack players Holden Fender and Alex McCauley at Concorde Fire... 2011-2012 US Soccer Development Academy South Conference Starting XI.
Ryan Peterson, F Club: Players Development Academy Coaches: Gerry McKeown and Sam Nellins Hometown: Mount Olive, N.J. Top Drawer Soccer - ★★★★, #19 New Jersey Region
Three-time all-conference first team in the NJAC... Three-time all-county first team. Earned three all-state mentions, once on the first team and twice on the second... Finished his high school career with 62 goals and 40 assists... Named team MVP in 2013... Played for NC State alum Gerry McKeown at Players Development Academy... Made the Disney Soccer Showcase semifinals in 2011 and Surf Cup semifinals in 2012 with SDFC Gauchos, U16 National Championship Series NJ Champions in 2012.
Nick Retzlaff, MF Club: Capital Area Railhawks Academy Coach: John Bradford Hometown - Wake Forest, North Carolina Top Drawer Soccer - ★★★★, #36 in the South Atlantic Region
Played for first ever Capital Area Railhawks Academy team... Played for CASL 15/16 Academy that finished first in the US Soccer Development Academy South Region... Traveled to Costa Rica as a member of the Regional Team for Region III in 2010... Parents are NC State graduates.
Ade Taiwo, F Club: NC Alliance Coach: Henry Gutierrez Hometown: Raleigh, NC College Soccer News Top 150 - #29 Nationally Top Drawer Soccer - ★★★★, #29 Nationally, #3 South Atlantic Region
2012 Gatorade Player of the Year in North Carolina... 2012 NSCAA High School All-American... Won 2 State Championships at Cardinal Gibbons High School... Member of the U17 United States National Team Residency program... Played for former NC State All-American Henry Gutierrez at NC Alliance... Parents are NC State graduates.