Men's Soccer Gets Four Committments For 2001 Season
Feb. 8, 2001
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After finishing the year with a record-tying 14 wins last season, Head Men's Soccer Coach Richie Grant was looking to build off last year's success and it appears he may have done that. Earlier today, Grant announced his preliminary class for the upcoming 2001 fall season with two local teammates leading the way.
Local prospects Matt Bryant and Jake German, after leading Ridgeway High School to a state crown in 2000 under coach David Wolff, have signed on to play at the U of M. The high school teammates have similar resumes with both gaining invaluable experience while training under the guidance of the United States Olympic Development Program.
Bryant, a forward, has been a member of the Tennessee ODP team since 1995 and also played for the Region III team from 1999-2000. He is a member of the Germantown Fury and was recently selected for the Adidas ESP select camp in 2000.
German is a defender and, like Bryant, he is also a member of the Tennessee ODP team, having played since 1996. Grant was also selected for the Region III team in 1999 and the Adidas ESP select camp in 2000. He played his club soccer for the Memphis Futbol Club.
"Matt is one of top players in Memphis," said Grant. " He is a strong, technical player and has the skills and attributes required of a Division I player. Jake is a quality Memphis player. MFC has a strong tradition of producing good talent. He's a left fullback which is scarce and with some of our key defenders graduating next year, we needed to find new talent."
Grant also signed Peter Cummings and Daniel Dobson, who hail from the Lone Star State.
Cummings is the second forward Grant has signed thus far and he comes to Memphis by way of Ennis, Texas. Cummings is a member of the Solars club that took home the 2000 Disney Showcase Champions title. The Solars are considered one of elite clubs in Dallas and are currently scheduled to compete within the Supergroup at the Dallas Cup, one of the premier tournaments in the nation.
Dobson, a midfielder, attends Naaman Forest High School and plays club soccer for the Legacy Gold FC. He is a native of Garland, Texas along with current reserve Tiger goalkeeper, Joshua Schmidt. "Peter plays for one of the top youth clubs in the nation, said Grant. "He brings depth at the forward position and is a strong, aggressive player. Daniel is a left-footed player and has size, strength and technical skill. He was a real gem to find and was a good pick-up because of how hard we recruited him."
Although he would like to add about three or four more players before the end of the signing period, Grant seems pleased with this year's class. "We are very excited to get these four players and to see that they are ready to make the committment. It's always nice to have good players wanting to come to your school."