Wake Forest brings in Ian Harkes, Hunter Bandy, Rafael Fagundo, William Robinson and Grant Bishop
Jan. 29, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMensSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich has announced that five players are enrolled and ready to begin their Demon Deacon careers in the fall of 2013.
Ian Harkes, Hunter Bandy, Rafael Fagundo, William Robinson and Grant Bishop will all begin at Wake Forest when the fall arrives. These five players join a group of three - Tane Gent, Hayden Partain and Shane Powell - who began their time at Wake Forest at the beginning of the spring semester.
"I think what we have with this group are some good soccer players who can get a lot better. Their growth potential is tremendous. I think they have some attributes that will give them success in terms of work rate, collective intelligence and athleticism," said Vidovich. "If we're able to help them in their career, I think they can be very good players and help us win some big games. They all, in my mind, appear to be very competitive."
Harkes, the son of former professional soccer player John Harkes, is a midfielder, while Bandy is a forward who will also see some time in the midfield. Fagundo and Robinson are both defenders who will look to compete for time as center backs, and Bishop is the lone goalkeeper in the group.
Below is an in-depth look at each of the five incoming players, including quotes on each player from Vidovich.
2013 Wake Forest Men's Soccer Recruits
Fairfax, Va./Gonzaga College HS
Vidovich on Harkes
"I really like Ian. He has a good feel for the game. He keeps getting better all the time. He's just a soccer player - he knows how to play, he knows where to be, he knows how to get the ball and who needs the ball. He's improving his defensive ability, and I think he is a player with tremendous upside and will continue to get better as he goes through the program."
Played for the DC United Academy under the direction of Nolan Sheldon ... Served as a captain for the U18 and U16 Academy teams ... Played high school soccer at Gonzaga College High School for Scott Waller ... Was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in DC in 2011 ... Named an NSCAA First Team High School All-American and was selected to play in the High School All-American Game in 2012 ... Is a two-time pick for NSCAA First Team All-South Region, Washington Post First Team All-Met and First Team All-WCAC ... Was varsity captain in 2011 and 2012, while being named the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player both years ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton Community HS
Vidovich on Bandy
"Hunter is a person who is quick and is a little bit of a fire plug. He is technically clean and darting. He's a player who shows a lot of technical promise and a lot of physical promise as a quick, agile player. He'll need to adapt to the speed of the game, the speed of thought in particular, but he is a good competitor."
Played club soccer for Team Boca under the direction of Michael Araujo and high school school soccer for Marcello Castillo at Boca Raton Community High School ... Won the 2010 High School State Championship ... Was named First Team All-County in 2010 and 2011 ... Was then named County Player of the Year in 2012 ... Member of the National Honor Society and earned the Gold Presidential Award for academic excellence all four years.
Herndon, Va./Paul VI
Vidovich on Fagundo
"Rafael is a tremendous project with potential. He brings a winning element to his team and a lot of physical characteristics to the game - he's big, strong and powerful. We think he'll add to the center of the defense. He needs to work on his speed of play and his ability to attack with the ball. He has a lot of potential to grow."
Played for the DC United Academy team under Nolan Sheldon ... Was part of the MLS SUM U17 Cup Championship team in 2010 ... Was selected to the Virginia State ODP International Travel team in 2009 (Czech Republic) and 2010 (Italy) ... Was a Region 1 ODP Champion in 2010 (Virginia State ODP) ... Played high school soccer at Paul VI under the direction of Matt Leiva ... Helped the Panthers win the state championship in 2010 ... In 2011, was named to the ESPN High School Greater D.C. Starting XI Squad and was named Second Team All-WCAC ... Named First Team All-State in 2011, as well.
Roswell, Ga./Lassiter HS
Vidovich on Robinson
"William Robinson is another one who is a very good athlete. His father played at Wake Forest in basketball and football. He's raw, but he has a competitiveness to him that I can't wait to work with."
Played his high school soccer for Lassiter High School under Billy Pritz and his club soccer for the Concorde Fire under Gregg Blasingame ... Was named a Scholar Athlete in 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... Member of the National Honor Society
Raleigh, N.C./Broughton HS
Vidovich on Bishop
"Grant is a person who will add to our depth at the goalkeeping position. Through camp, we've been able to watch him the last couple of years. He's a solid performer who keeps getting better all the time."
Played club soccer for CASL Chelsea FC Academy U-17/18 for Rusty Scarborough ... Team earned championship in the USSDA Atlantic Division in 2012 ... Named First Team N.C. ODP 95 in 2009-10 ... Selected to ODP Region III Camp in 2008-11 ... Played high school soccer at Broughton High School under the direction of Izzy Hernandez ... Helped Broughton win the CAP 8 Conference Tournament in 2010.