COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brian Maisonneuve, head coach of the Buckeyes, added five future Buckeyes to the program this week that will play for his third edition of Ohio State men’s soccer during the 2020 season.
Four Ohioans and another from Illinois signed NCAA national letters of intent during the signing period that began Wednesday.
The 2020 class includes: Blake Collins (Defender/Powell, Ohio), Connor DesRoches (Defender/Dublin, Ohio), Parker Grinstead (Midfielder/West Chester, Ohio), Ty Konrad (Forward/Naperville, Illinois) and Peter Van Euwen (Goalkeeper/Avon Lake, Ohio).
Blake Collins – Defender – 5-11, 180
Powell, Ohio – Olentangy Liberty High School
Club Team: Ohio Premier
Blake is the son of Danielle and Brian Collins and played high school soccer for head coach Marc D’Auteuil and the Olentangy Liberty Patriots … 2019 Allstate All-American … 2018 First Team OCC … Olentangy Liberty varsity captain and 2018 regional champion … plays club soccer for Ohio Premier and coach Matt Weis … has two brothers, Austin and Wesley, who plays soccer for NKU … upon graduation would like to pursue a job in the business field.
Maisonneuve on Collins: “Blake has great versatility. He has a high soccer IQ and the physical attributes that make him effective no matter where he plays on the field. I have watched games where Blake has started at center back, played center mid and ended the game up top. Blake captained his high school team to the state championship. He possesses good leadership qualities and is a great teammate on and off the field. We are so extremely happy to keep Blake in Columbus.”
Connor DesRoches – Defender – 6-3, 195
Dublin, Ohio – Dublin Coffman High School
Club Team: Ohio Premier
Connor is the son of Kevin and Kelly DesRoches and played high school soccer for head coach Brian Stoddard and the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks … scored six goals and eight assists as a sophomore in route to First Team OCC Central … Shamrocks leading scorer in 2018 with 13 goals and eight assists … 2018 First Team OCC Central and All-District, Second Team All-State … leading scorer for the Shamrocks again in 2019 with 15 goals and six assists, resulting in another First Team OCC Central selection … 2019 All-District and Second Team All-State … plays club soccer for Ohio Premier and coach Matt Weis … two-time Ohio South Cup Champion … undefeated in both 2018 and 2019 seasons … has one sibling, Addie … would like to pursue degrees in Business and Finance.
Maisonneuve on DesRoches: “Connor is a Columbus native that has the versatility to play just about anywhere on the field. He has the size and strength to do really well at the college level with soft feet to make him dangerous going forward and building out of the back. His understanding of the game and ability to read attackers makes him dominate at the high school and club level. Connor does exceptional in the classroom and really has all attributes we look for in a student athlete. So excited to keep Connor here in Columbus.”
Parker Grinstead – Midfielder – 5-9, 145
West Chester, Ohio – Archbishop Moeller High School
Club Team: CUP
Parker is the son of Dan and Lisa Grinstead and played high school soccer for head coach Mike Welker and the Archbishop Moeller Crusaders … 2017 First Team All-GCL … nine goals and 13 assists in 2018 … 2018 Cincinnati player of the year, First Team All-GCL and Second Team All-State … 2019 GCL Player of the Year, First Team All-GCL … Moeller all-time assist leader, second all-time in points … plays club soccer for CUP and coach Scott Bower … has one sibling, Tyler … plans to major in Business.
Maisonneuve on Grinstead: “Parker is a local talent that will be coming to us from Cincinnati. He has the ability and skill set to play multiple rolls in the midfield. He has a great feel for the game and has a really good engine to play both sides of the ball. Parker is one of those players that makes everyone around him better. His drive and desire to fine-tune his game are attributes that have and will continue to set him apart. We are happy Parker is staying in the state to become a Buckeye next fall.”
Ty Konrad – Forward – 5-11, 155
Naperville, Ill. – Naperville North High School
Club Team: Galaxy 2001
Ty is the son of Jay and Natasha Konrad and played high school soccer for head coach Jim Konrad and the Naperville North Huskies … he played 107 high school games, recorded 139 points on 45 goals and 49 assists … as a senior, scored 17 goals to go with 15 assists (49 pts.) … Three-time IHSA state champion … 2016 all-conference … 2017 Illinois Coaches All-Sectional … 2018 NSCAA, Top Drawer and Allstate All-American … plays club soccer for Galaxy 2001 and coach Jay Konrad … 2018 USYSA 17U National Champion … 2018 USYSA Golden Ball winner and Best XI … has one sibling, Mitch … would like to pursue becoming a special education teacher.
Maisonneuve on Konrad: “We are excited to add Ty to our 2020 class. He is an attacking threat that likes to go 1v1 and make defenders uncomfortable off the dribble. He has a tremendous work rate and can score goals. Coming to us from Chicago, Ty has been in a great environment and has had a phenomenal high school and club career, winning a multitude of championships and awards over the past four years. He is a model student in the classroom and a great teammate on and off the field. We look forward to him joining us this fall.”
Peter Van Euwen – Goalkeeper – 5-11, 175
Avon Lake, Ohio – Saint Ignatius High School
Club Team: Team Challenger
Peter played for Team Challenger (club) from 2010-2019 … a four-time Ohio North State Champion with Team Challenger … played in Dallas Cup three times … earned 2019 Ohio High School State Championship with Saint Ignatius … has three siblings, Emma (17), Sarah (15), Erik (13) …plans to play soccer as long as possible before seeking a career in the sports industry … enjoys fishing, playing video games, playing spikeball and hanging out with friends … greatest sports thrill was playing at the All-State All-American game in Orlando, Florida … he was one of 40 youths nationally chosen to play … the game was televised by ESPNU and was coached by Brian McBride and Taylor Twellman.
Maisonneuve on Van Euwen: “We are excited to add Peter to our GK group in 2020. Peter is a modern-day goalkeeper who is an excellent shot stopper and is comfortable with the ball at his feet. His distribution is precise, and he can stretch the opposition. He has a tremendous presence in goal that carries throughout the team. Peter brings winning qualities to our program and did a wonderful job leading his team to the 2019 State Championship. Peter will be a tremendous addition to the program.”