I took a look at where the 2014 MAC Boys High School All-Stars are today. For those who pursued college careers, this is the end of their four years and it’s a good look back with one D3 National Champion (twice!), a couple of D2 All-Americans and a number of them that experienced change. That points to the second reason for this post. How many of these talented players initial decision changed during that four year period? So consider it a recruiting story as well, something that got the attention of a number of the college coaches I talked to about my plans over the last two months.
In addition to the All-Stars, I also added the first team players recognized by the Post-Dispatch as All-Metro to see if there was a difference in the results. That analysis can be found below the table listing the players.
The 2014 MAC Boys High School All-Stars was played on June 28, 2014 at St. Louis Soccer Park. My GAME REPORT with Photos
North 6, South 4
North MVP: Keegan Fouch, Francis Howell North
South MVP: Adam Michel, Vianney
Sam Copple Goalkeeper of the Year: Logan Feldmann, St. Dominic
Steve Krause “12th Man Award”: Dick Westbrook, Visitation Academy
|Adam Michel||M||Vianney||Rockhurst||NCAA Division II All-American for the Rockhurst Hawks, reached Final 4 as sophomore, junior and senior||4||0|
|Akimie Ogilvie||D||Principia||Principia||Averaged 12 games per year, 50 total for the D3 program in Elsah, IL||4||0|
|Andrew Dossett||M||Columbia||Brigham Young||Played soccer at BYU for two years which at the time competed in the PDL during the Summer||2||1|
|Andrew Witherspoon||F||Crossroads||Penn||Played Club soccer at Penn||0||0|
|Brent Heinlein||F||Edwardsville||UIS||Played as a freshman at Illinois-Springfield||1||1|
|Chandler Klemm||F||Parkway West||Mercer||1 year at Mercer; 3 at Memphis played in 64 games in career||4||1|
|Chris McArthur||D||CBC||Quincy||Played in 58 games, missing soph stats but looks to have started every game he played on from sophomore year to senior year (only six games, injured?)||4||0|
|Cole Valenti||D||Ft. Zumwalt South||Mizzou||DNP||0||0|
|Cole Warner||D||Burroughs||WashU||Club Soccer at WashU||0||0|
|Connor Clasby||F||McCluer North||Lewis & Clark CC||Played 38 games for L&C; once this year with a redshirt year||3||1|
|Conor Baker||F||St. Dominic||St. Charles CC||DNP|
|David Geerling||F||CBC||SLU||1 year SLU, 2 years Quincy||3||2|
|Dominic Recca||F||St. Dominic||Eastern Illinois||29 games in his freshman-junior year. Summit League Academic list in Finance as Junior||3||1|
|Eddie Starr||GK||Columbia||Maryville||Started 14 games for Maryville as a freshman and 8 for McKendree as a sophomore in 2016.||2||2|
|Eric McWoods||F||Kirkwood||Xavier||2nd Team All-West Region as a senior at UMKC; 35 games at Xavier (4 starts); started all 34 at UMKC and led the team in points both seasons||4||1|
|Eric Petersen||M||Ladue||DePauw||Played in 4 games as a freshman||1||1|
|Eric Stuber||GK||Ladue||Mizzou||Club Soccer President at Mizzou||0||0|
|Ethan Baer||M||Webster Groves||Lindenwood||Started 15 of 7 games as a freshman||1||1|
|Francisco Sanchez||M||Burroughs||Grinnell||36 starts in 58 games, culminating in 18/19 as a senior||4||0|
|Jack Robinson||GK||SLUH||Fairfield||Played in four games as a junior and a senior||4||0|
|Jake Peters||M||Marquette||Rockhurst||Played in 46 games as team reached D2 Final 4 the last threeyears||4||0|
|Jeff Etter||D||St. Dominic||Eastern Illinois||Played in 10 games as a freshman, starting 7||1||1|
|Josh DePriest||F||Howell||Missouri Baptist||Looks like two years with Spartans, new website has not been updated with archival stats||2||1|
|Joshua Bowman||D||Timberland||Lindenwood||Played in 7 games as a freshman||1||1|
|Kaleb Jackson||F||DeSmet||Rockhurst||NCAA Division II All-American for the Rockhurst Hawks, reached Final 4 as sophomore, junior and senior||4||0|
|Kaleb Patania||F||Timberland||Truman State||Rostered as freshman, no stats available||1||1|
|Keegan Fouch||F||Howell North||Lewis & Clark CC||Started 37 games for Trailblazers||2||1|
|Kevin Edwards||M||DeSmet||Rockhurst||Rostered as freshman, no stats available||1||1|
|Kyle Haller||D||Eureka||Missouri State||DNP||0||0|
|Logan Feldmann||GK||St. Dominic||Rockhurst||Became starter as sophomore (22 games) and played in three D2 Final 4's with Hawks. Named GLVC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017||4||0|
|Luke Nash||D||SLUH||Rockhurst||Rostered as freshman, no stats available; Moved to Mizzou, Club soccer VP||1||1|
|Marc Roellig||M||Timberland||Culver-Stockton||Transfered to Fontbonne in 2016 as sophomore, 39 games played, 22 started with another season of eligibiilty||3||1|
|Marcus Griggs||D||Kirkwood||DePaul||Played in 10 games (8+2) first two years||2||1|
|Nicholas Klemm||D||Parkway West||Mercer||Played in 12 games as a freshman, starting 4; started 50 games in 3 seasons at Truman State||4||1|
|Nick Johnson||GK||Howell||Lewis & Clark||17 games with Trailblazers||3||2|
|Nick Werner||F||Marquette||UMSL||Started every game his four years as a midfielder for the Tritons (69)||4||0|
|Reid Cytron||M||Ladue||Tulsa||Red Shirt freshman, DNP afterwards||0||1|
|Ryan Fagan||M||Chaminade||Bellarmine||Played in 72 games for the Knights, starting 24 (16 the last two seasons)||4||0|
|Stephen McMillian||F||Burroughs||Tufts||Won two NCAA DIII titles at Tufts, playing 45 games in three years, graduated early. Named Young Alumni for 2018||3||0|
|Steven May||M||Affton||Missouri State||DNP||0||0|
UPDATED Dec 25th
There are 42 players in this study. It appears 6 did not play college soccer while 3 played Club Soccer (at Mizzou, WUSTL and Penn). Thus there were 32 players who began college on a roster.
I tracked the number of seasons they played and I counted changes which mean changing schools/programs or not playing four years of college soccer.
Average seasons played = 87/(33×4) = 2.63 seasons
Seasons played is the sum of the sixth column (Seasons) divided by total possible for the 33 players
Four year career: 13
Four year career with no changes: 10
Three year career: 4 plus these lads where I have specific information
Stephen McMillian (Burroughs) won two national championships, as a freshman and a junior, then graduated after his junior season. David Geerling (CBC) left SLU for Quincy after his freshman year and then took a full time job following his junior year.
Marc Roellig (Timberland) left NAIA Culver-Stockton after one year for D3 Fontbonne after sitting out for a year. He’s a regular starter with the Griffins with one year of eligibility remaining.
Two years or less: 14
BOTTOM LINE – 45% of the 2014 graduating class who were on a college roster at the start of their freshman year played one or two years. 60% didn’t play four years although that goes down to 53% if the two early departures to start careers aren’t counted. Or in broader strokes, approximately half of the players didn’t complete a four year college soccer career.
What does that mean? With a study group of top senior Men, real life intruded. Two-thirds (22/32) of this group experienced a change – again a school move or early completion to their soccer careers.
The goal of this analysis? To provide concrete numbers for the players coming up now, who are trying to make their own recruiting decision. The odds you will experience a change are better than 50%. Don’t beat yourself up trying to make a perfect decision, recognize that things could change and start balancing soccer with other factors that will enhance your overall college experience.
I am working on a similar analysis for the 2014 Girls MAC All-Stars. That will probably be available Tuesday, after we all go and enjoy the holidays! Thanks for reading.
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