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INDIANA HOOSIERS

February 1, 2017
IU MEN'S TEAM RECRUITS
Hoosiers sign highly-touted forwards


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana Hoosiers men’s 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.

IU RECRUITS
John Bannec/ Defender | Bloomington, Ind. | Bloomington South
First-Team All-State … two-time First Team All-Conference Indiana … All-Area Player of the Year … four-time First-Team All-Area … two-year co-captain … 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 Soccer’s 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 Soccer’s 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 … four-year captain … 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 Soccer’s 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 Soccer’s 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 … four-year starter … 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 Soccer’s 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 Soccer’s 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.

   
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