Breaking Down 2018 Commitments
As the 2017 Wolverines have finished one of the best seasons in program history this past fall, we look ahead to the future stand outs for Michigan. With a defensive starter graduating in Billy Stevens and key role player finishing his degree in Tristan Jacob, there aren't too many holes to fill in this Michigan side (Assuming players such as Francis Atuahene and Marcelo Borges choose to return). That said, this Michigan coaching staff have put themselves in position to welcome another amazing recruiting class with players ready to make immediate impacts. 2018 player commitments can be seen below:
Derick will join this club as a local product of Novi, Michigan. As he can be used in various attacking roles, he elevated his stock as a goal scoring #9 for his youth side, Crew SC Academy Wolves. View Derick Broche highlights here.
Declan has featured mainly as a left back for his home club Pateadores Academy in Southern California. The left back spot seems to be currently owned by veteran Marcello Borges, but true left backs are rare. We will keep an eye on the possibility of Declan's arriving providing more opportunities for Borges to play different positions of need for the Wolverines. View Declan Gaffney Highlights here.
Aidan joins the program right from our back yard in Saline, MI. Aidan made his commitment in 2016 and comes from a family of Wolverine graduates. Aidan has manned the central midfield for Crew SC Academy Wolves over the past 3 years and will be a great technical addition to the Michigan roster. View Aidan Nam Highlights here.
Kevin is another local midfielder from Rochester, MI. He has featured in the center of the pitch for more than 4 years at Vardar Academy and can also be seen at an outside back. View Kevin Buca highlights here.
Sosa joins Coach Daley as a fellow Canadian from London, Ontario. Sosa also plays his club ball with Vardar Academy and came on late as a high profile recruit. As he is capable of knocking the ball around in the midfield, we expect him to make the transition to forward giving the wolverines even more attacking options. View Sosa Emovon highlights here.
As we are sure the talent and quality of these players check out, we are most impressed with the local flavor of this class. In recent years, you have seen the state of Michigan's top recruits end up at the likes of MSU, Oakland and most notably leaving the state altogether. With Wolves teammates, Derick and Aidan joining forces with Vardar teammates Kevin and Sosa, Michigan has once again made it's case as one of the elite collegiate soccer options in the state.
There is still time to add to this class with late commitments and transfers, but these players look poised to continue the raised level of play in Ann Arbor.