Men’s Soccer Announces 2012 Freshmen Class

MACON, Ga. – Mercer men's soccer head coach Brad Ruzzo announced his nine-member 2012 spring recruiting class on Tuesday morning.

 

All nine student-athletes (Mark Riggins, Garrett Franklin, Jason Sayers, Matthew Martins, Ryan Kirkland, William Jones, Reid Folkard, Juan Jose Morales and Matthew Moses) will join 16 returnees from last year's 9-8-3 squad on campus in August for preseason workouts. 

 

Here is an inside look at the recruits that comprise the Bears' 2012 spring recruiting class:

 

Matthew Moses

Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Augusta, Ga.
High School: Aquinas High School
High School Coach: Kevin Trammell

Club Team: Cobb Football Club

Club Coach: Ben Parks
Height: 6'2"

Weight: 162 lbs.

 

Bio: Was named one of the top 11 players in the state of Georgia according to ESPN Rise Magazine … Earned the Greater Augusta All-Area 2011 Boys Player of the Year after leading the city of Augusta with 24 goals scored as a junior … Named 2010 and 2011 Team Offensive MVP and has already been named a 2012 team captain.          

 

What they are saying about Moses:                                                                                                                                             

"Matt is a big, strong and athletic presence to our team that can play multiple positions.  He has played in the back, midfield and as a forward and his physical presence along with his technical ability will add to our team in a lot of ways."

Brad Ruzzo- Head Men's Soccer Coach Mercer University  

 

Juan Jose Morales

Position: Forward
Hometown: Guatemala City, Guatemala
High School: Montverde Academy
High School Coach: Mike Potempa
Height: 6'1"

Weight: 165 lbs.

 

Bio: Led his Montverde Academy team to a number two final ranking in the ESPN Rise Magazine PowerAde FAB-50 rankings … Was named Tournament MVP of both the Jesuit Invitational Holiday Tournament and the Berkeley Invitational Soccer Tournament … Scored 28 goals as a junior and topped that with a 32-goal season as a senior … Was also named the Bright House Network Central Florida Senior Student-Athlete of the Year.              

 

What they are saying about Morales: "Juan is a forward who can score goals in a variety of ways. Every time we watched him compete he found a new way to score goals. He has the ability to make smart and intelligent runs in the final third of the field to get himself in positions to score which is what we are looking for out of our forwards."

Brad Ruzzo- Head Men's Soccer Coach Mercer University              

 

Reid Folkard

Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Loganville, Ga.
High School: South Gwinnett High School
High School Coach: Chris Calvin

Club Team: Cobb Football Club

Club Coach: Ben Parks
Height: 6'1"

Weight: 155 lbs.

 

Bio: Three-year varsity letterwinner at South Gwinnett High School under head coach Chris Calvin … Named to the Georgia 5AAAAA All-County Soccer team after tallying one goal and five assists as a junior … Named a Varsity Captain for his upcoming senior season … Earned a spot on the scholar-athlete team in each of his first three seasons and also garnered an AP Scholar-Athlete award.      

 

What they are saying about Folkard: "Reid is a playmaking midfielder that can play any midfield positions. He has technical ability along with the physical component to compete at the Division I level. He has a tremendous upside to his game and we look forward to developing him in our program."

Brad Ruzzo- Head Men's Soccer Coach Mercer University  

 

William Jones  

Position: Midfielder
Hometown: St. Augustine, Fla.
High School: St. Joseph Academy
High School Coach: Josh Brown

Club Team: FC United

Club Coach: Micah Clukey
Height: 5'11"

Weight: 160 lbs.

 

Bio: A two-sport athlete at St. Josephs after lettering on the school track team for four years … Named to the All-County first team and All-First Coast second team after tallying 11 goals and five assists as a junior … Was named a Florida Times Union First Coast Player to Watch and a team captain entering his senior season … Plans to major in engineering at Mercer.  

 

What they are saying about Jones:                                                                                                                                                

"Will has attended our camps over the past few years and we really had the chance to get to know him as a person and player. On the field, he is a forward or midfielder who is a good athlete that finds ways to score goals. Once in our program, I believe that Will's ability will improve every day."

Brad Ruzzo- Head Men's Soccer Coach Mercer University  

 

Ryan Kirkland  

Position: Defender
Hometown: Orange Park, Fla.
High School: Fleming Island High School
High School Coach: Frank Pontore

Club Team: Jacksonville U18 Soccer Club

Club Coach: Kenny Mukasa
Height: 6'1"

Weight: 145 lbs.

 

Bio: Four-year letterwinner at Fleming Island High School under head coach Frank Pontore … After leading the Golden Eagles to a Regional Championship as a junior, he guided the squad to a 4AAAA State Championship as a senior … Named to the National Honor Society and earned the Principal Scholar Award all four years … Plans to major in Mechanical Engineering at Mercer.

 

What they are saying about Kirkland: "Ryan has also attended our camps over the last few years and we are excited to add him to our program. He will bring much needed depth to our defending core and has the physical tools to become a solid defender for us."

Brad Ruzzo- Head Men's Soccer Coach Mercer University  

 

Matthews Martins   

Position: Forward
Hometown: Phillipsburg, N.J.
High School: Phillipsburg High School
High School Coach: Evan Weller

Club Team: FC Copa Boca

Club Coach: Mike Reid

Height: 5'9"

Weight: 165 lbs.

 

Bio: Scored three goals and five assists as a junior and was named an All-Conference second team performer … Stepped up his game as a senior, scoring seven goals and six assists to garner All-Conference first team and All-West Jersey second team honors … Was named a 2011 National Honor Society Inductee and plans to major in accounting at Mercer.

 

What they are saying about Martins:                                                                                                                                             

"Matt is an athletic forward who never stops working and has a distinct knack to create disruption within other teams' backs. He has the ability to develop into a quality forward or wide player for us and we are excited to have him part of our program."

Brad Ruzzo- Head Men's Soccer Coach Mercer University  

 

Jason Sayers  

Position: Forward
Hometown: Dacula, Ga.
High School: Mountainview High School
High School Coach: Stan Carpenter

Club Team: Georgia United

Club Coach: Tony Annan
Height: 5'8"

Weight: 155 lbs.

 

Bio: Tallied nine goals and six assists as a junior at Mountainview High School under head coach Stan Carpenter … Played his club ball with Georgia United who is a member of the US Soccer Developmental Academy, the highest level of club play in the country … Has scored four goals thus far in his club campaign under head coach Tony Annan … Plans to major in Pre-Med at Mercer. 

 

What they are saying about Sayers:                                                                                                                                                

"Jason is very athletic attacking player who could play multiple positions for us. His attitude and work ethic are impeccable and we look forward to him competing right away in one of our attacking roles so we can utilize his athleticism to set up quality scoring chances."

Brad Ruzzo- Head Men's Soccer Coach Mercer University  

 

Mark Riggins  

Position: Midfielder/Defender
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Ga.
High School: Collins Hill High School
High School Coach: Drew Prentice

Club Team: Norcross Fury

Club Coach: Andy Clarke
Height: 6'0"

Weight: 165 lbs.

 

Bio: Has been a three-year varsity letterwinner at Collins Hill High School under head coach Drew Prentice … Helped lead the Eagles to a 2011 Georgia 5AAAAA State Championship Runner-up finish as a junior … Currently holds the title of President of the Collins Hill Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) … Plans to major in pre-med at Mercer.

 

What they are saying about Riggins:                                                                                                                                             

"Mark is a good athlete who could play in the back or midfield for us. He is a hard working player and with athleticism that will be a great addition to our program. He has the ability to be a dangerous wide player with his pace and strength."

Brad Ruzzo- Head Men's Soccer Coach Mercer University  

 

Garrett Franklin   

Position: Goalkeeper
Hometown: Chino Hills, Ca.
High School: Damien High School
High School Coach: Eric McElrae

Club Team: Albion Soccer Club

Club Coach: Noah Gins

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 174 lbs.

 

Bio: Three-year varsity starter at Damien High School under head coach Eric McElrae … Posted a 1.06 goals against average to go along with two shutouts as a senior … Four-year honor roll student who plans to dual major in sociology and criminal justice at Mercer.

 

What they are saying about Franklin: "Garrett was a late addition to our signing class, but he possesses a good frame in net to go along with athleticism. He will give us some quality depth at the goalkeeper position and has the ability to push our returning starter Greg Ranjitsingh in goal this coming fall."

Brad Ruzzo- Head Men's Soccer Coach Mercer University