February 1, 2017
IU MEN'S TEAM RECRUITS
Hoosiers sign highly-touted forwards
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana Hoosiers mens team announced nine players, including U.S. junior national team forwards Griffin Dorsey, Justin Rennicks and Mason Toye, signed letters of intent Wednesday.
We are really excited to announce our 2017 class, IU coach Todd Yeagley said. We feel this is the top recruiting class in the country. Our class of nine is balanced, very talented and possesses the winning qualities that have been a trademark for IU Soccer over the years. The character and work rate of this group is high end. With key players graduating this fall, we knew the importance of brining in a group capable of starting on day one.
I want to commend our assistant coaches in all their great work in helping to put together this special recruiting class. When you insert our talented incoming class with our core of returning players who led IU soccer to another top 10 ranking this fall, we feel confident and excited about program as we head into the 2017 fall season.
Indiana posted a record of 12-2-7 last year, ending the season ranked No. 9 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll and reaching the NCAA tournament for the 30th straight season and 41st time in history. The Hoosiers earned a national seed for the 12th time in the last 14 years, defeating Akron before falling to Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals.
John Bannec/ Defender | Bloomington, Ind. | Bloomington South
two-time First Team All-Conference Indiana
All-Area Player of the Year
four-time First-Team All-Area
13 goals and 14 assists during senior season
helped Bloomington South to four sectional championships, two regional titles and a Conference Indiana championship
son of Amy and Eric Bannec
has two siblings, Reid and Audrey.
Kyle Barks/ Midfielder | St. Louis, Mo.| De Smet Jesuit
Three-star recruit by Top Drawer Soccer
ranked No. 7 in the Heartland Region
four seasons with the St. Louis Scott Gallagher in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy
started every match during freshman and junior seasons
helped Scott Gallagher club team to a Missouri State Cup Championship in 2012
training program in partnership with Arsenal Football Club, traveling to London to train and play games in 2013
Dutch Touch International selection in 2012, going to the Netherlands to train and play with clubs
son of Greg and Kim Barks
has one sister, Megan.
Griffin Dorsey/ Forward | Evergreen, Colo. | Evergreen
Four-star recruit by Top Drawer Soccer
ranked No. 1 in Rocky Mountains & Southwest Region and No. 4 forward in the country
ranked No. 20 in the nation by College Soccer News
member of the U.S. U18 national team
helped U.S. win the 23rd International Vaclav Jezek Tournament in the Czech Republic
played one year at Evergreen before three seasons with the Colorado Rush in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy
2015-16 Central Conference Player of the Year
12 goals as a freshman for Evergreen, earning First Team All-State honors
son of Susan and Greg Dorsey
has two siblings, Logan and Carley.
Jacob Gruber/ Goalkeeper | Fishers, Ind. | Cathedral
Ranked No. 129 in Top Drawer Soccers IMG Academy 150
ranked the No. 12 player in the Great Lakes Region
played freshman and sophomore seasons at Cathedral before his final two years with the Indiana Fire of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy
first freshman varsity player in 10 years at Cathedral
helped Cathedral win a sectional title and reach the regional finals
2015 ODP Region II Team
named to ODP Inter-Regional Best XI
lettered in lacrosse four years, earning First Team All-State during junior season, helping team win state championship
son of Lisa and Andrew Gruber
two brothers, Noah and Peter.
Jacob Meier/ Defender | Shakopee, Minn. | Shakopee
No. 106 player in Top Drawer Soccers IMG Academy 150
ranked the No. 4 in Midwest Region and No. 24 defender
ranked No. 122 by College Soccer News
played four seasons with the Minnesota Thunder Academy of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy
two-time ODP Region II selection
played every minute of each match all four seasons
son of Norm and Mary Pat Meier
has two brothers, Joe and Jared.
Justin Rennicks/ Forward | Hamilton, Mass. | Hamilton Wenham Regional
No. 30 in Top Drawer Soccers IMG Academy 150
ranked No. 1 in the Northeast Region and No. 9 forward in the country
ranked No. 22 by College Soccer News
member of U.S. U18 national team
helped U.S. win 23rd International Vaclav Jezek Tournament in the Czech Republic
played with New England Revolution Academy
three-time Revolution Player of the Year, totaling 38 goals and 25 assists
two-time United Health Care Player of the Year
2013 U14 Player of the Year
son of Jay and Diane Rennicks
has one brother, James.
Joe Schmidt/ Midfielder | Bainbridge Township, Ohio | University School
No. 118 in Top Drawer Soccers IMG Academy 150
ranked No. 7 in Great Lakes Region
member of the U14 and U15 U.S. national teams
four seasons with the USSDA Internationals Academy
captain of the U16 and U18 teams
trained with AC Milan Youth Academy in 2011
son of Joe and Holly Schmidt
has two sisters, Hannah and Allie.
Mason Toye/ Forward | South Orange, N.J.| Seton Hall Prep
No. 100 in Top Drawer Soccers IMG Academy 150
ranked No. 36 forward
ranked No. 11 in New Jersey
ranked No. 50 by College Soccer News
member of the U19 U.S. national team
2016 NSCAA All-America
2016 State Player of the Year
First Team All-State, All-Metro, All-County and All-Conference
helped team to 2016 state runnerup, along with sectional and conference championships
lettered in basketball
son of Lynne and Vince Toye
one brother, Chester.
Thomas Warr/ Forward | Zionsville, Ind. | Zionsville
No. 58 in Top Drawer Soccers IMG Academy 150
ranked No. 5 in Great Lakes Region and No. 17 forward
played two seasons at Zionsville before playing last two with the Indiana Fire of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy
six goals as freshman, 31 as sophomore
Third Team All-State, All-Conference and All-District
lettered in hockey four seasons, helping team win state championship as freshman
led team in scoring and was a captain junior and senior years
son of Alastairr and Teresa Warr
has one brother, Max.