Feb. 13, 2007
USF head soccer coach Erik Visser announced that he has signed four top recruits to national letters of intent.
They include strikers Bryan Burke and Jon McMullen along with defenders J.D Warren and Allan Hardison, who will all help fill immediate needs for the Dons.
"The players we signed will help us immediately in the positions we lost to graduating seniors," said Visser. "We look forward to these players stepping in and making a difference early next season."
Bryan Burke has played club soccer for the Irvine Strikers, one of the top club teams in the Nation, since 2002. "Bryan is a hard-working, tough forward who has a real good nose for the goal," said Visser. "His incredible work rate and non-stop motor has led to him having a very successful career for the Irvine Strikers."
Allan Hardison from Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach, CA will join the Dons next year as a defender with a very good feel for the game. "Allan is a hard-nosed, tough defender who is very strong in the air," said Visser. "We signed Allan not only for immediate help next year, but also with an eye towards the future when we lose some of our top defenders to graduation."
J.D Warren plays club soccer for the Dallas Texans Red '89, who are currently ranked #2 in the country. "J.D. comes from a program that regularly sends players to top division I schools," said Visser. "He will fit in very well with the team next year because of his strong work ethic."
Jon McMullen also plays for the Dallas Texans Red '89 club, as well as Marcus High School, which is the #2 ranked high school program in the nation. "Jon is a very fast and patient player with great scoring ability," said Visser. "He can not only play as a forward, but can also help us as a wing midfielder next season."
Along with these four players, the team expects to add a few more recruits in the upcoming months. "We are very happy with the depth of our recruiting class so far," said Visser. "We expect to add two to three quality recruits in the upcoming months that will strongly help our team next season and in the future."
The USF men's soccer team has been ranked in the top-20 the and participated in the NCAA College Cup playoffs the past three seasons. They also have won two of the past three West Coast Conference titles.