Feb. 27, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's soccer program announced today its 2014-15 recruiting class. The class includes eight student-athletes who will join an experienced squad which advanced to the 2013 NCAA College Cup.
The 2014-15 class, with hometown, high school and club team:
Jeff Caldwell (Todd, N.C./Watauga/NC Fusion)
Julian Cummings (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford/DC United Academy)
Steven Gandy (Gainesville, Va./Patriot/DC United Academy)
Liam Jenkins (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin/Richmond Strikers)
Nate Odusote (North Haledon, N.J./Hawthorne Christian/NY Red Bulls Academy)
Peter Pearson (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry/Beach FC)
Jake Rozhansky (Germantown, Md./Montgomery Blair/Olney B&G)
Fabrice Shema (Louisville, Ky./Waggener/River City Rovers)
"We are thrilled to welcome this class to Virginia," Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. "We feel that the members of this class are extremely talented and fit in well with our program. We are excited for them to arrive on Grounds and join us for the 2014 season."
Gelnovatch added that UVa anticipates adding another signee during the spring signing period.
The student-athletes join the Virginia program which loses just two starters from its 2013 team which advanced to the NCAA College Cup and reached the ACC championship game. UVa has won six national championships and 15 ACC titles and also has appeared in 33-consecutive NCAA tournaments - the longest current streak in the nation.
Following are brief bios on each of the signees.
Jeff Caldwell, Goalkeeper
Already enrolled at UVa
Ranked the No. 1 goalkeeper by Top Drawer Soccer
Ranked 20th overall by Top Drawer Soccer
Ranked ninth overall by College Soccer News
Member of the U17, U18 and U20 US National Teams
Member of NC Fusion that placed third in the Academy Finals Week
Received a 4.25 GPA in high school
Julian Cummings, Forward
Member of the U16 and U18 DC United Academy teams 2011-2013
Member of Virginia ODP State Team from 2008-2011
Member of the U17 Grenada National Team in 2012
Steven Gandy, Defender
Ranked 150th overall by Top Drawer Soccer
Ranked as the 32nd overall defender by Top Drawer Soccer
Member of the DC United Academy team
Named as a U16 Academy Standout for Fall 2012 by ESNN
Named to the East Conference Development Academy U15/16 Starting XI for the 2012-13 season
Liam Jenkins, Midfielder
Plays for the Richmond Strikers US Development Academy teams
Nate Odusote, Defender
Member of the U18 New York Red Bulls Academy
In his Sophomore year, he scored 24 goals and had nine assists
Won NorthJersey.com Sophomore of the Year
Peter Pearson, Midfielder
Ranked 85th overall by Top Drawer Soccer
Ranked as the 28th forward by Top Drawer Soccer
Named to the 1995 US Youth Soccer ODP NCAA Interregional All-Tournament Team in 2011
Plays club for Beach FC
Two-time Tidewater Conference Player of the Year
Three-time first-team All-VISAA
Captain of the US Soccer Region 1 team three years in a row
2013 All-Tidewater Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Guided Cape Henry to a state runner-up finish in 2013
Jake Rozhansky, Midfielder
Ranked 77th overall by Top Drawer Soccer
Ranked as the 22nd midfielder by Top Drawer Soccer
Top Drawer Soccer 2011 Mid Atlantic Team of the Month
Member of the U17 National Team
Member of the Bethesda-Olney club team
Fabrice Shema, Defender
Member of River City Rovers Academy
Kentucky West All-State Honorable Mention while playing for Louisville Collegiate in 2011
Named to Kentucky West All-State Second Team in 2013 while playing for Waggener
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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