June 21, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Head coach John Bluem and the Ohio State men’s soccer team will welcome 18 new student-athletes this fall for the 2017 season. The 2017 class is ranked the No. 7 overall class in the country by College Soccer News. The Buckeyes are one of four schools in the nation to have three straight Top 10 classes along with North Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia.
“This is truly an excellent recruiting class, academically and athletically,” Bluem said. “We addressed all of our recruiting needs and have established a strong foundation for the future.”
The class, help created by assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Ian Gordona, boasts four players named to the College Soccer News Top 150 of 2017 as well as two high school All-Americans, two freshman All-Big East transfers and three members with United States youth national team experience.
“It is certainly one of the biggest classes in the country, but a very exciting class, with a great mix of young talent, to go along with transfers that will add experience and quality to the roster,” Gordona said. “I look forward to the fall and finally getting them all on campus and seeing them gel with our returning core players.”
The group hails from three different countries, while five members are natives of Ohio. The incoming Buckeyes feature seven defenders, five forwards, four midfielders and two goalkeepers.
William Hirschman / D / Carmel, Ind. / Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory
Hirschman is a 6-3 defender out of Carmel, Ind., and won four straight state championships. He played at Carmel United Soccer Club from age 7-12 and four years (since 2013-14 season) for Indiana Fire. Hirschman ranks as the No. 29 overall player in the class of 2017 by When The Yanks Go Marching. He is ranked in Top 150 IMG and Top 20 defenders in the nation. Hirschman ranked as the No. 98 overall player in class of 2017 by College Soccer News.
Theo Alexis / M / Woking GU22 0EX, United Kingdom / Generic H.S.
A 6-2 holding midfielder with pace and the athletic abilities to cover ground and a passing range that separates him from most. Alexis currently plays for Barnet FC in England, but spent time with Reading FC out of England prior.
Chase Carraher / D / McKinney, Texas / McKinney North H.S.
Carraher is a 6-0 defender out of McKinney, Texas. He Plays for Solar Academy in the US Soccer Academy. Carraher is a U.S. Men’s Soccer Regional Training Center Invitee and 2014 Member of North Texas Olympic Development Program. He is a Region III First Region Pool Player. Carraher was selected for ODP Sub-Regional Team and National Honor Society member in 2017.
Devyn Etling / F / Ashland, Ohio / Ashland H.S.
A powerful forward out of Ashland, Ohio, Etling was the 2016 Columbus Crew Academy Player of the Year. He is rated as the No. 30 overall prospect in 2017 class by College Soccer News. Etling has spent time with the U.S. Youth National team. He joined Crew Soccer Academy SC during the 2012-2013 season and has been playing in the USSDA for the past five years, tallying more than 40 goals. Etling was selected to play in the USSDA Select Game during the winter showcase. He also was picked to play in the Generation Adidas Elite Soccer Program where he played against Bayern Munich’s 98/99 Academy.
Xavier Kennedy / GK / Montclair, N.J. / Montclair H.S.
Kennedy plays for the New York Red Bulls Academy and has trained with the New York Red Bull first team. He spent time with the U.S. national team and is rated as one of the top 10 goalkeepers in the 2017 class. Kennedy won the Golden Gloves at 2015 Generation Adidas Cup. His team made it to the national finals of the USDA in 2015. Kennedy ranked as the No. 85 overall player in class of 2017 by College Soccer News.
Gabe Harms / D / Berwyn, Pa. / Conestoga H.S.
Harms was first identified at the Ohio State College ID camp and plays club for FC Europa. He was awarded first team all-central league, first team all-main line and defensive MVP of the league during his junior year. Harms was a second team all-central league, first team all-main line and honorable mention all-Southeastern PA during his senior year. Harms won a state title in 2016 for club, appearing in the 2016 regional championships and winning the 2015 Disney Showcase.
Jacob Goyen / D / Frisco, Texas / Lone Star H.S.
Goyen plays for FC Dallas which won the 2017 Dallas Cup super group (only the second American team to ever win it). He won two national championships and placed second in another. Goyen has traveled to multiple international tournaments, winning the Copa Chivas in Mexico and advancing to the semifinals in the Copa Tahuichi in Bolivia.
Mitchell Bergman / D / Canal Winchester, Ohio/ Bishop Hartley H.S.
Bergman plays club for Club Ohio and is team captain. Bergman was named a 2016 NSCAA High School All-American, 2016 Central District Player of the Year, two-time All-Region selection, three-time All-State selection, two-time Super 12 selection, four-time first team all-district selection, four-time First Team All-CCL selection, three-time varsity captain and four-time letterwinner. Bergman also was Bishop Hartley Student Government President, Student Ambassador, National Honors Society Member, Honor Roll, Safety Commission, First 15 Leadership Group founding member and Kairos Retreat Leader.
David Abonce / GK / Colony, Texas / Colony H.S.
Abonce is a goalkeeper out of Chelsea Soccer Club and was with FC Dallas as a youth. Abonce was considered one of the top ten goalkeepers in the country by TopDrawerSoccer. He is ranked as the No. 67 overall recruit in the country by College Soccer News and No. 91 overall by When the Yanks Go Marching. Abonce played with the U.S. national team as a youth.
Joshua Jackson-Ketchup / F / Margate, Fla. / Montverde Academy
Jackson-Ketchup comes to Ohio State from national powerhouse Montverde Academy, where he was coached by Mike Potempo. He was named MVP at Montverde his senior year and was selected to the All-American watch list in 2017 and named to the 2017 MAST All-Tournament Team. Jackson-Ketchup played for Weston Soccer Club in U.S. Academy before attending Montverde.
Matt Kiley / D / Dublin, Ohio / Dublin Coffman H.S.
Kiley plays for OP Soccer Club and went to the USYS national championships in 2016. He made all-conference, all-district and all-state as a senior. Kiley was club teammates with current Buckeyes Jack Holland and Brennon Davis.
Jared Anderson / F / Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville, H.S.
Anderson played soccer and football for the Mustangs. In soccer, he was a four-year starter. As a junior, he scored 21 goals, earning him first team All-Greater Cleveland Conference, first team All Greater Cleveland and second team All-Ohio. In his senior season as a team captain he was the All Greater Cleveland Conference Player of the Year, first team All Greater Cleveland, first team All-Ohio and All-Great Lakes Region with 31 goals. In his career at Strongsville, he ended with 67 goals, which set a school record, and scored 31 goals as a senior, which broke the single-season school record. Anderson plays club soccer for Cleveland Futbol Club, where he is a two-time Ohio North State Cup champion.
Christian Harter / M / Copley, Ohio / Copley H.S.
Harter was all-conference in high school and was a four-year varsity soccer letterwinner. He was a first Team all-District and first team Suburban League All-Conference. Harter scored 38 career goals and was team captain in 2016. He was a part of the 2014 Final Four team.
Johnny Swann / M / Seattle, Wash. / O’Dea H.S.
Swann was a second team all-league during his freshman and sophomore year and first team all-league during his junior year. Swann was team captain as a senior and plays club at Crossfire Premier.
Michael Prosuk / F / Westfield, N.J. / St. John’s University
A junior transfer to Ohio State from St. John’s University where he was an unanimous selection for Big East All-Freshman team. A 6-6 forward, Prosuk compiled six goals and five assists in two seasons, while starting 31 of 35 games for the Red Storm.
Kevin Blackwood / D / Kingston, Jamaica / Cleveland State
Blackwood is a senior transfer from Cleveland State. He was named to the Horizon League All Newcomer Team with the Vikings, playing in 16 of 19 games with 11 starts. He has played in 50 games with 35 starts with the Vikings.
Jake Scheper / F / Cincinnati, Ohio / DePaul
Scheper was named to the All-Big East Team as a freshman. He started 30 of 38 games over his first two seasons and had six goals and four assists. Academically, he was named to the All Big East All-Academic Team.
Adrian Ramos / M / Garland, Texas / Lone Star H.S.
Ramos plays for FC Dallas Academy. His team won the 2017 Dallas Cup Super Group (only the second American team to win the tournament and first MLS academy team to do so). He also won the national championship in 2016 for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, the top youth league in the United States.