Indiana coach Mike Freitag announced Tuesday that the Hoosier's incoming class would consist of Nick Blevins (Carroll, Ohio/Bloom Carroll), Will Bruin (St. Louis, Mo./DeSmet Jesuit), Chris Haffner (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis University High), Tommy Meyer (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis University High), Luis Soffner (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis University High), Joe Tolen (Evansville, Ind./Evansville Central) and Tim Wylie (Fort Wayne, Ind./Fort Wayne Carroll).
"The 2008 Indiana University's Men's Soccer recruiting class reflects all that we look for in our recruiting efforts," Freitag said. "To start, these seven young men are outstanding individuals who all are very dedicated and gifted in the classroom. They are all extremely talented and athletic soccer players. Lastly, and vitally important to our championship efforts is the fact that they all possess the 'winning fiber' that has been the make up of so many quality players that have worn the IU jersey through the years."
Blevins brings an impressive list of credentials to Bloomington. The 2007 National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Boys High School Scholar Athlete of the Year and Gatorade Ohio Boys Soccer Player of the Year, Blevins was also named an NSCAA Boys High School All-American after leading Bloom Carroll in goals scored (35) and assists. He set an Ohio state record for assists in a season (39-sophomore) and career (116) and is one of just two players in Ohio high school history to join the 100/100 club with 100 career goals and 100 career assists.
Tommy Meyer is a two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American and also a member of the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup team which advanced to the round of 16. Meyer appeared in three matches for the U-17's in South Korea.
"Tommy has achieved a high level of success," Freitag said. "He has represented the United States in the most recent U-17 World Championship and continues to be a fixture within our national team programs. Tommy is without a doubt one of the top defenders in the country. He is smart and very skillful. His leadership and distribution skills make him an outstanding addition to our squad."
The name Meyer should be familiar to IU soccer fans as his father, Keith, was a four-year letter winner for the Hoosiers and was part of Indiana's National Championship teams in 1982 and 1983.
"Tommy's father, Keith, was one of the best players to come through the program and we couldn't be more proud to have another Meyer wear the IU jersey," Freitag said.
"This class possesses skill, size, and a competitive edge that will compliment our talented returning squad," Freitag said. "I look forward to watching them develop into champions. They will all be valuable assets to Indiana University and our soccer program."