Muuss Signs First Full Class at Wake Forest
July 8, 2016
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Throughout the national signing period, Wake Forest men's soccer has inked nine members to the 2016 signing class and added one more player via transfer, the program announced Friday.
Overall, the class is rated the sixth-best class in the nation by College Soccer News and the eighth-best class nationally according to TopDrawerSoccer. It is the first full class for head coach Bobby Muuss and his staff at Wake Forest after taking over the program last January. The class is comprised of two international players, seven players representing six different states in the U.S. and a transfer from Elon via New York City.
"We are very excited about this group of young men," Muuss said. "I feel we not only filled needs for this coming fall, but we also added talent for years to come. This is a very hard-working group of young men and their values match those of this program and that is to put the team first and to win a national championship. We are excited to introduce this group to the Wake Forest community and the Demon Deacon soccer family."
The 10 incoming players are joined by eight returning starters from last year's NCAA Elite Eight team. Among the returners are All-ACC selections Ian Harkes, Jacori Hayes, Alec Ferrell, Jon Bakero and Brad Dunwell.
The Players (alphabetical by last name)
Coach Muuss on Luis: "Luis is joining us with great college experience. He is a very technical and intelligent player and has a passion to compete and win. He is a very versatile player that can play in several different roles on the field based on what the game demands. We are very excited to have him in Black and Gold for the next two seasons."
Kyle Barkett -- Vero Beach, Florida
Coach Muuss on Kyle: "Kyle is an athletic goalkeeper who will bring good depth to the position. He has a great frame and natural athletic ability that will allow him to grow and mature quickly under Coach Brenner and within our competitive environment. It will be exciting to see his growth and ability start to take shape while at Wake Forest."
Michael DeShields -- Baltimore, Maryland
Coach Muuss on Michael: "We are thrilled to have a player like Michael DeShields joining the program. Michael is a very talented athletic player who reads the game very well with a high ceiling who has continually proven himself on all levels of youth soccer. Michael comes from an honest and blue collar environment that will allow him to succeed at the highest level of college soccer in the ACC."
Joey DeZart -- Jackson, New Jersey
Coach Muuss on Joey: "Joey is a defensive midfielder with very soft feet and technical quality on the ball. Joey was a perfect match for us because has all the tools to succeed in our environment both on and off the field. The moment I spoke to Joey I knew I wanted to work with him and know he is going to have a very successful career. He has a fantastic work ethic and will bring a competitiveness to training each and every day."
Eddie Folds -- Columbus, Ohio
Coach Muuss on Eddie: "We're excited to have Eddie join our program because he is a left-footed defender who has the talent to play several different positions. The first thing I noticed while watching Eddie was his bite and willingness to do the little things on the defensive end of the ball to help his team win. Eddie is versatile and calm under pressure while also possessing ACC speed and athleticism."
Alex Knox -- Carmel, Indiana
Coach Muuss on Alex: "Alex is an attacking outside back with versatility and fantastic pace to get up and down the wing. He is another player that comes from one of the best U.S. Development Academy environments who excels in producing talented and intelligent players. He and his family have made a tremendous sacrifice leaving home at a young age to chase his passion to play at the highest level while always focusing on his studies. I am looking forward to working him during his four years at Wake Forest."
Bruno Lapa -- Curitiba, Brazil
Coach Muuss on Bruno: "Bruno is an attacking midfield player who has been blessed with great vision and a high Soccer IQ. His movement and attacking ideas on and off the ball are qualities that fit in perfectly with what Wake Forest Soccer is all about. Bruno comes from one of the best High School Developmental Programs in the country in Montverde Academy and we are fortunate to have him joining us this fall."
Thomas Menke -- Missouri City, Texas
Coach Muuss on Thomas: "Thomas is a crafty and exciting midfielder who continues to grow and develop every time we see him. His ability on and off the ball are qualities that we look for and he has the ability to fill many positions for us. He has great quickness and puts himself in great position to score goals. I look forward to working with him and helping him to achieve his potential."
Ema Twumasi -- Accra, Ghana
Coach Muuss on Ema: "Ema is a dynamic and powerful attacking player who will bring immediate versatility at several positions at the front of the team. He is a natural goal scorer with great technical ability on the ball. Another factor that attracted us to Ema was his humble character and work ethic in the classroom."
Isaiah Young -- Berlin, New Jersey
Coach Muuss on Isaiah: "Isaiah Young is one of the best attacking players in the country and we are thrilled to have him at Wake Forest this fall. Isaiah is an attacking winger with electric pace and work ethic that make him a truly unique player. We feel his experience and his desire to win will have an immediate impact here at Wake Forest."
The Demon Deacons report to campus at the beginning of the second week of August and start preseason training on Wednesday, Aug. 10 in preparation for two exhibitions on Aug. 14 at Furman and Aug. 20 against UNCW. Wake Forest opens the 2016 regular season on Friday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. against Saint Louis at Spry Stadium. The match against the Billikens is the start of a six-match homestand that opens the season spanning Aug. 26 through Sept. 13 against George Washington.
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