BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University Men’s soccer signed nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, head coach Shaun Pendleton announced on Monday. All nine will join ASU in the fall.
“This is a tremendous recruiting class that will provide height, speed and determination,” Pendleton said. “This class provides us a solid foundation on which to build on for the future. We expect them to make a major contribution and to bring ASU soccer to the forefront.”
Luis Calzadilla ( 5-7, 147, Bradenton, Fla./Bradenton Prepatory Academy)
Played for the IMG Academy under coach Tom Durkin ... was MVP of team while studying in Venezuela.
“Luis is a big signing for us, he is a great attacking player that will give us a lot of options up front.”- Shaun Pendleton
David Dodge ( MF/D, 6-2, 173, Orlando, Fla./Oviedo)
Named defensive team MVP as a freshman and team MVP as a junior ... earned first-team all-conference as a junior and was team captain as a sophomore and junior and was a four-year letterwinner ... played for Orlando FC ODP team ... played on Region Three team from 2007-09 and the Florida State ODP team from 2004-08 ... played in elite showcases such as the Dallas Cup, Raleigh Showcase, North American Finals and the Disney Classic ... played for Mario Alvarado at Oviedo and Dave Bardsley at Orlando FC.
“David is another big signing for us that can play several positions. He was highly recruited by top programs and will make an immediate impact for us.”- ASU head coach Shaun Pendleton
Ethan Durland ( MF, 6-0, 165, Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road)
Four year letterwinner at Leesville Road high, was named all-state as a junior and senior ... played in Clash of the Carolinas and also the East-West North Carolina All-Star game ... played for Triangle Futbol Club coached by Dan Popik which won the 2008 North Carolina state championship ... played for Chip Stone at Leesville Road.
“Ethan has a wealth of individual talent who gives us an attacking option, we expect a lot from him from an attacking point of view.”- Shaun Pendleton
J.J. Elder ( D, 6-0, 157, Austin, Texas/William B. Travis)
Four year letterwinner in soccer and three-time winner in basketball ... Earned first-team all-district, all county and all-region ... named team defensive MVP ... Played for Lonestars club team coached by Bruce Talbot ... coached by David Harsh at William B. Travis.
“J.J. is an outstanding athlete and is a naturally left-sided player that has a chance to make an immediate impact in the starting 11”.- Shaun Pendleton
J.T. Goodrum (MF, 6-0, 160, Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches)
Four year varsity starter, was named Newcomer of the Year his freshman season and all-district sophomore and junior years ... helped lead team to three playoff appearances and the regional finals his junior year ... played for the Dallas Solar Ď91 club team ... named MVP of the 2008 Dallas Showcase ... team is ranked No. 14 in the nation and No. 2 in North Texas ... played for Farshid Niroumand at Nacogdoches and Mike Uremovich at Dallas Solar Ď91.
“He’s a player with a great work ethic and tremendous upside. He is another impact player that brings size and speed.”- Shaun Pendleton
Nate Latigue ( F, 6-0, 155, Cary, N.C./Panther Creek)
Three-time all-conference selection ... named team MVP senior year ... helped lead team to Southern-Regional semifinals as well as All-State champions and Tri-Eight conference champions ... was teammate of Ethan Durland on Triangle Futbol Club that were North Carolina State champion ... coached by Todd Schular at Panther Creek and Dan Popik coached the Triangle futbol club.
“Nate is an attacking central striker with great pace and size who has goal scoring capability.”- Shaun Pendleton
Brennen Smith ( F/MF, 5-9, 165, Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg)
Earned all-conference honors three times and was named all-region his senior year and was also named to the All Observer team ... scored 66 career goals and finished with a career-high 21 his senior season ... played for the South Charlotte Under 18 Academy under coach Derrick Leeson ... also played for the Charlotte Soccer Club and led them to the 2008 ODP Final Four ... coached at East Mecklenburg by Mark Guercio.
“He is a naturally left-sided player with great speed and power, gives us another solid attacking option.”- Shaun Pendleton
Kojo Thompson ( D, 5-9, 140, Wellington, Fla./Wellington)
Two-time letterwinner in soccer and one year winner in track and field ... won coaches award in soccer and named most talented track and field athlete ... helped lead the Wellington Wave Premiere club team to back-to-back state championships ... team was ranked No. 1 in the state three-straight years and No. 20 in 2009 ... coached by Mike Aronson at Wellington and Patrick Zoete for the Wellington Wave Premiere.
“Kojo is an outstanding athlete that will be looked upon to make an immediate impact in several areas with the team. A versatile player that has tremendous speed.”- Shaun Pendleton
Shotaro Yoshida ( MF, 5-5, 136, Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg)
Four year letterwinner, was a two-time all-conference selection and was named to the all-region team as a junior ... played club for the Charlotte Soccer Club and the South Charlotte Soccer Association ... part of team that won the North American National Championship and Disney Showcase championship in 2004 ... also helped team to three NCYSA State Cup semifinals ... coached by Jim Lynch at South Mecklenburg and Derrick Leeson at South Charlotte Soccer Association.
“He is a gifted left-footed play maker who has a wealth of international experience. He will also be looked upon to make an immediate impact for us.”- Shaun Pendleton