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Top Drawer soccer(TDS) is reporting that the Zips have their first recruit from the class of 2023

 

https://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/sima-recruiting-roundup:-may-16-22_aid50813

 

Class of 2023

D Joshua Hardin (Colorado Rapids) committed to Akron.

 

 

   From my limited research, this is an outstanding recruit for the Zips.  Young Mr. Hardin is rated 4 stars by TDS...and Joshua is the 53rd ranked player in TDS's class of 2023.

 

Welcome Joshua Hardin to Zips Nation.

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On 5/16/2022 at 7:06 AM, TennZip said:

Top Drawer soccer(TDS) is reporting that the Zips have their first recruit from the class of 2023

 

https://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/sima-recruiting-roundup:-may-16-22_aid50813

 

Class of 2023

D Joshua Hardin (Colorado Rapids) committed to Akron.

 

 

   From my limited research, this is an outstanding recruit for the Zips.  Young Mr. Hardin is rated 4 stars by TDS...and Joshua is the 53rd ranked player in TDS's class of 2023.

 

Welcome Joshua Hardin to Zips Nation.

 

I have somewhat fallen out of the loop with Akron Soccer recruits since COVID. How do Hardin's rankings compare to recent classes? 

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On 6/2/2022 at 6:54 PM, Let'sGoZips94 said:

 

I have somewhat fallen out of the loop with Akron Soccer recruits since COVID. How do Hardin's rankings compare to recent classes? 

Soccer recruiting has changed greatly since the Porter years.   Akron used to get a decent amount of top 25 to top 50 recruits from 2007 to 2010.  Now, with MLS and MLS Next and foreign leagues. probably 30 out of the top 35 ranked recruits turn pro and do not go to college.   Signing the 53th ranked player is an outstanding coup for zips recruiting.  In the fall 2022 recruiting class, I believe that Stefan Dobrijevic and Levi Stephens are the 2 highest rated recruits.  They are in the range of 89 to 92.  For the fall 2021 recruiting class, I think that GK Mitchell Budler was the highest ranked recruit.    Mitchell was ranked in the high 50's.    I am sure that Joshua Hardin participates in many national soccer events.  It would be tremendous if young Mr. Hardin could convince some other top 100 recruits to come to Akron.

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Top Drawer soccer(TDS) is reporting that the Zips have their second recruit from the class of 2023

 

https://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/sima-recruiting-roundup:-july-18-24_aid51002

 

Class of 2023

 

M Caleb Borneo (Crew SC Academy) committed to Akron.

 

From my limited research, this is an outstanding recruit for the Zips.  Young Mr. Borneo (will turn 17 on July 20) is rated 4 stars by TDS...and Caleb is the 15th ranked player in TDS's class of 2023.

 

Welcome Caleb Borneo to Zips Nation.  Also, early happy birthday wishes to Caleb Borneo.

 

   another article from TDS.  Caleb Borneo was selected to be part of the USA Under Mens National team camp

 

https://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/roster-announced-for-u19-mnt-camp_aid50744

 

 

   Jared, Ger and Michael....have landed 2 very highly rated players for the class of 2023.  Keep up the great work, coaches !!!

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Blue and Gold, really good find....

Thank you for sharing...

 

The beacon had a subscriber only article this morning...where they listed the 16 boys soccer players to watch this fall.

 

This is what they said about Jackson Herbert :

 

 

Jackson Herbert, Wadsworth, midfielder, sr.

There may not be a faster player in space than Herbert, who was a Division I second-team All-Ohio selection. The Akron commit led the Grizzlies in scoring with 15 goals and nine assists. He has 38 career goals and 16 assists.

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https://news.yahoo.com/wadsworth-senior-jackson-herbert-commits-171530611.html?fr=yhssrp_catchall

 

...“It’s unreal that it’s happening to me now. I’d say they definitely had an edge. If they were going to offer me, I was going to take it on the spot.”

 

When Akron coach Jared Embick called the outside midfielder into his office to do just that, he really didn’t have to sell the Zips to Herbert. ...

 

...“It was something I couldn’t turn down,” Herbert said. “I’m really excited about it. You walk in his office and look around and there are national championship trophies, MLS trophies from the players he’s coached. Looking at the desk, you’ve got all these championship rings. It was shocking to say the least. It was unreal.” ...

 

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It is great to see the zips sign another player from FC Cincinnati.  Akron has always done well with players from the Columbus Crew Academy.

I look forward to seeing Ashton Kamdem (FC Cincinnati) play for the zips in fall 2022.  And now, I can look forward to Matt Dreas (FC Cincinnati) joining the zips in fall 2023.

It is good to have 2 MLS teams in Ohio...and it is great to see the zips coaching staff signing good talent from both MLS academies.

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