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)
Luis Argudo -- New York, New York (Elon)
Argudo comes to Wake Forest after spending the last two seasons at Elon. In two seasons with the Phoenix, Argudo played in 39 games and made 29 starts while scoring one goal to go with three assists. In 2015, Argudo attempted 35 shots and had assists against Duke (Oct. 20) and Clemson (Nov. 22). His lone collegiate goal came in 2014 on Oct. 11 against Northeastern. Prior to his time at Elon, he spent four years as a member of the varsity soccer team at Francis Lewis High School and ended his prep career with 13 goals and 20 assists. Argudo is eligible to play immediately in 2016 following his transfer to Wake Forest.

 

 

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
Barkett was a four-year letter-winner at Vero Beach Senior High and was also a member of FC Florida. The goalkeeper also participated in the Florida Olympic Development program.

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
After leading McDonogh High School to a 21-0-1 record and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A state championship in 2015, DeShields was tabbed the Maryland Boy's Soccer Gatorade Player of the Year and earned All-American honors while playing in the High School All-American Game in December 2015. Throughout his career, DeShields was named a three-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection and was a First Team All-State honoree twice. As a senior in 2015, DeShields anchored a defense that allowed just 10 goals on the year and recorded 13 shutouts on the campaign.

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
After starting his prep career at Jackson Memorial High School in New Jersey, DeZart transferred to YSC Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania, for his final two prep seasons. While also a member of the Philadelphia Union Academy playing for Wake Forest alumni Chris Brewer, DeZart played for the Union U16s and made it to the USSDA finals. He also went to the Generation adidas Cup to play in the Champions division against Palmeiras (Brazil), Eintract Frankfurt (Germany) and San Jose Earthquakes, as well as Aspire Academy (Qatar) and Athletic Bilbao (Spain) in the later rounds. Later becoming a member of the Union U18s, DeZart was called up to the Jamaica U20 National Team camp earlier in 2016.

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
A graduate of Olentangy Orange High School, Folds has played club for Columbus Crew Academy since being a member of the U13s. In 2016, Folds was named the Academy's Player of the Year after notching 27 starts while scoring three goals and was named the captain of the U18s for the 2015-16 season. In 2011, Folds joined the U14 Pre-Academy team and participated in the USSDA Showcase event in Dallas for the U16s.

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
A graduate of Vista Grande High School, Knox was a USSDA national champion in 2012-13 and finished second in 2013-14 and 2014-15. In addition to his time with Vista Grande, Knox is a member of the Real Salt Lake development system. Upon graduation, Knox ranked in the top five of his graduating class academically and has previously played with players that are now with Louisville, Portland, Santa Barbara, Maryland and UCLA at the college level, and others in the Real Salt Lake and Liverpool systems.

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
A graduate of Montverde Academy in Florida, Lapa helped Montverde to the High School National Championship in both 2014 and 2015. Throughout his career, he helped Montverde accumulate a 129-0-7 record in his 136 matches with the program. Helping Montverde to the No. 1 ranking in TopDrawerSoccer's winter national rankings and in the NSCAA winter national pool in 2014 and 2015, Lapa was a two-time Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament champion.

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
An Academic All-District student at Ridge Point High School, Menke was named the district's unanimous MVP for both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons after scoring a district-record 72 goals in 2013-14 before breaking his own record in 2014-15 with 75. A Preseason First Team All-District honoree in 2014-15 and 2015-16, he followed through and earned postseason First Team All-District honors in 2013-14 and 2014-15 while also earning Second Team All-District honors in 2012-13. While playing for Ridge Point, Menke also played for Houston Dynamo Academy and Houston Express.

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
Twumasi scored 29 goals and had 11 assists as a senior at Kent School in Connecticut, finishing his prep career with 81 goals and 34 assists. Earlier this year, Twumasi was named the Connecticut Boy's Soccer Gatorade Player of the Year. A two-time First Team All-Western New England Prep School Soccer Association selection, he was also named an All-Connecticut performer by the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association in 2014 and 2015 and participated in the High School All-American Game in December 2015. Also named to the All-New England Senior All-Star Team in 2015 and to the Junior All-Star Team in 2014, Twumasi comes to Wake Forest rated as the nation's 36th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2016 by College Soccer News.

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
After starting his high school education at YSC Academy, Young finished his diploma at Life Center Academy in New Jersey. A standout club player for national power PDA (Players Development Academy), Young is a current member of the U.S. U19 and U20 National Teams. Young has led PDA in scoring each of the last two years with a total of 30 goals scored in that timeframe.

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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