Feb. 21, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio– John Bluem, Ohio State men’s soccer coach, today announced the addition of six student-athletes to his 2003 roster. The class includes five Ohio natives and one Georgia native. The incoming freshmen will be eligible to participate beginning in the fall of 2003.

The 2003 recruiting class includes Taylor Korpieski (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas), D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central), Dustin Kirby (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), Brent Rohrer (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central), Mark McKeever (Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood) and Robert Strachan (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson).

“I’m delighted with this year’s recruiting class,” Bluem said. “I believe we have signed a group of players who are very talented, athletic, and committed to excellence both on the field and in the classroom. It’s very exciting to sign so many Ohio players this year. It has been, and always will be, our goal to try to keep the best players in the state here at home.”

Taylor Korpieski
Midfielder Taylor Korpieski, a 2003 NSCAA/adidas Boys High School All-American, participated in the Olympic Development Program for three seasons, playing on the Ohio South State Team in ’01, ’02 and ’03 and for the Region II Team in ’02 and ’03. On the club level, Korpieski played for Worthington United, Ohio FC as well as the Ohio Thunder, where he helped lead his team to a 2001 state championship. As a four-year starter at Thomas Worthington, Korpieski was a part of three Ohio Cardinal Conference (OCC) championships and the 2001 OHSAA Division I Soccer Championship during his junior season. In 2002, he was Most Valuable Player of his team, was voted first team All-OCC, first team all-state and took Thomas Worthington to the Division-I championship match for the second-consecutive season.

D.J. Catrow
D.J. Catrow, a 2003 NSCAA/adidas Boys High School All-American, is a 6-foot-2, 170-pound forward from Springfield, Ohio. Catrow attended Springfield Catholic Central High School, where he is Vice President of his class. In 2001, he was named to the All-Mideast Regional Team and was first team all-Ohio, leading his team to a record of 22-2-1 and a state championship. In 2002 Catrow was named first team all-state and the Division III Player of the Year in Ohio. D.J. has played club soccer in the Dayton area for 10 years, spending time with the Centerville Galaxies, Team Dayton, the Ohio USL and the Ohio Junior Crew.

Dustin Kirby
Dustin Kirby, a 2003 NSCAA/adidas Boys High School All-American from Mentor High School, joins the team as a former first team All-Lake Erie League and Plain Dealer and News Herald first team honoree. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound fullback/midfielder was a four-year starter and captain of the Cardinals and also has played for the Mentor Impact club team since 1994 where he also served as captain. He was a guest player for the Cleveland Futbol Club, which won the Raleigh Shootout while he was a member of the squad. Kirby also spent time in the Olympic Development Program making the 2003 Ohio North State Team and the Region II pool. Off the field, Kirby serves as class treasurer and is a scholar athlete, a member of National Honors Society and a previous honoree of the Mentor High School Citizenship Award.

Brent Rohrer
Brent Rohrer is the second member of the recruiting class coming from Central Catholic High School in Springfield, Ohio. The 5-foot-9, 145-pound fullback/midfielder spent six years on the Olympic Development district team, five years on the ODP state team and two years on the Region II Team. He was an All-Miami Valley team honoree for four years at Central Catholic, garnering first team accolades in each of the past three seasons. In 2001, he helped lead his team to a state championship, scoring 11 goals and 15 assists. As a co-captain in 2002, he was voted first team all-county and third team All-Ohio. With 16 goals and 19 assists his senior year, Rohrer finished his career at CCHS second all-time in assists. As a member of Team Dayton, he was a six-year starter, helping to take his team to the Sunbowl semifinals in 2001 and to the quarterfinals in 2002.

Robert Strachan
Robert Strachan is a 5-foot-11, 160-pound midfielder from Hudson, Ohio. Strachan was an Internationals Soccer Club Under-18 Team captain, leading his squad to seven Ohio North state championships and three national indoor championships. He also is a member of the 2003 Olympic Development Region II pool and was a National League alternate. As a four-year starter at Hudson High School he helped lead his team further into the state playoffs each year, culminating in a state championship during his senior season. After finishing as the district runners-up his freshman year, the team won three-consecutive district championships, a regional championship in 2001 and, as captain and most valuable player of the team in 2002, the Ohio Division I Championship.

Mark McKeever
McKeever is a 5-foot-11, 160-pound forward with strength and speed that helped Brookwood High School in Lawrenceville, Ga. He helped Brookwood climb to the No. 1 spot in the nation last year at one point. He will now try to maintain that success at the next level. McKeever was voted MVP of his club team, AFC Lightning, while helping his team win the State Championship the past two years as one of the top scorers. He also spent two years in the Regional Pool level. An exciting, attacking player, McKeever should see action up front or as an attacking midfielder.

2003 Ohio State Men’s Soccer Recruiting Class Name Pos. Hometown High School D.J. Catrow Forward Springfield, Ohio Catholic Central Dustin Kirby Midfield Mentor, Ohio Mentor Taylor Korpieski Midfield Worthington, Ohio Thomas Mark McKeever Forward Lawrenceville, Ga. Brookwood Brent Rohrer Midfield Springfield, Ohio Catholic Central Robert Strachan Midfield Hudson, Ohio Hudson