RICHMOND, Va. – Throughout the week, Virginia Commonwealth University Men's Soccer has released its 15-player 2011 recruiting class. Today is the final piece of the three-part series as the Rams round out the class with the addition of five players.
VCU will welcome forward Leo Kowalski (Richmond, Va.), midfielders Charlie Ahn (Vienna, Va.) and Cameron Foster (Alexandria, Va.), defender Isaac Owusu (Sterling, Va.) and goalkeeper Garrett Cyprus (Toronto, Canada).
Earlier this week, Head Coach Dave Giffard announced the additions of forward Kharlton Belmar (Virginia Beach, Va.), midfielders Juan Arbelaez (Oakwood, Ga.), Devon Fisher (Chesapeake, Va.), Shawn Gross (North Royalton, Ohio) and Ragnar Leosson (Akranes, Iceland), defenders Jack Bates (Chester, Va.), Oliver Flood (Roanoke, Va.), Garrett Harvey (Richmond, Va.) and Juan Monge Solano (Costa Rica), and goalkeeper Clark Hankins (Montgomery, Ala.).
Here's an inside look at the recruits:
CHARLIE AHN, MIDFIELDER (Vienna, Va./Oakton High School)
Two-year member of McLean Youth Soccer Development Academy… Current teammate of fellow recruit Isaac Owusu at McLean… Four-year starter at Oakton High School… Also served as team captain… Member of Virginia State ODP squad in 2009… Selected to play for Chelsea USA in 2007 and 2008
Coach Giffard on Ahn: " To me Charlie is one of the most talented players in the state of Virginia. He fits us very well and I believe will blossom in our environment. He can play in a variety of positions, but as one of several attacking mid's is probably his best role."
GARRETT CYPRUS, GOALKEEPER (Toronto, Canada/Northfield Mount Herman)
Completed prep season at Northfield Mount Herman, same as current VCU player Assane Keita… Member of Canadian U-17 National team, which participated in the CONCACAF championships (five caps)… Traveled with the provincial team prior to joining the U-17 squad… Starting goalkeeper for Toronto FC Academy… Named to Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Select team under the guidance of head coach Jim Burstein
Coach Giffard on Cyprus: " Garrett's experiences with Toronto FC, Canada, and with the Canadian provincial team have prepared him well for the college game. A strong leader and organizer, he is also a very good distributor of the ball and adds the ability to play out of the back in a variety of different ways. I think Garrett has a very bright future ahead of him."
CAMERON FOSTER, MIDFIELDER (Alexandria,Va./Bishop Ireton High School)
Played at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Va…. Participated in Virginia State ODP from 2008-2010… Member of GFA 92 Blue, under the guidance of head coach Mark Ryan
Coach Giffard on Foster: " Anytime you play an attacking/possession style, you need players who's qualities fit what your team is trying to do. Cameron fits our team very well and will add another player who's feet are very clean and will thrive in our style of play."
LEO KOWALSKI, FORWARD (Richmond, Va./Deep Run High School)
Member of the Richmond Kickers Academy squad coached by Jesse Myers… Led Kickers Academy with eight goals… Local product out of Deep Run High School… Began soccer career in Brazil
Coach Giffard on Kowalski: " Leo is the third player in the 2011 class that we identified at our camp last summer. I love his work rate and his finishing touch around the goal, it seems like each time I go to watch Leo play, he scores. His feet are clean, however he is going to need some work in the buildup phase of our attack before he is ready to impact the game as well as he can, but I believe he has a very bright future ahead of him here at VCU."
ISAAC OWUSU, DEFENDER (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls)
Two-year member of McLean Youth Soccer Development Academy where he played for Zack Samol and Kristopher Ward… Current teammate of fellow recruit Charlie Ahn at McLean… All-District performer at Potomac Falls High School
Coach Giffard on Owusu: " Isaac has the athleticism and feet to be able to develop into a top notch right back in the college game. I have watched Isaac have exceptional games on both sides of the ball and as he continues to develop consistency in his performance I believe he will grow to become an impact player for us in that position."
2011 VCU MEN'S SOCCER RECRUITING CLASS
- Charlie Ahn, M, Vienna, Va./Oakton High School
- Juan Arbelaez, M, Oakwood, Ga./West Hall High School/Georgia Perimeter College
- Jack Bates, D, Chester, Va./Thomas Dale High School
- Kharlton Belmar, F, Salem, Va./Salem High School
- Garrett Cyprus, GK, Northfield Mount Herman (Mass.)
- Devon Fisher, M, Chesapeake, Va./Indian River High School
- Oliver Flood, D/M, Roanoke, Va./Patrick Henry High School
- Cameron Foster, M, Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton High School
- Shawn Gross, M, North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton High School
- Clark Hankins, GK, Montgomery, Ala./St. James High School/College of Charleston
- Garrett Harvey, D, Richmond, Va./Mills E. Godwin High School/Jacksonville University
- Leo Kowalski, F, Richmond, Va./Deep Run High School
- Ragnar Leosson, M, Akranes, Iceland/Fjolbrantaskoli Vesturlands
- Juan Monge Solano, D, Costa Rica
- Isaac Owusu, D, Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls