NLI Signing Central
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San José State men’s soccer head coach Simon Tobin and his staff garnered the talents of a national top-150 player and a junior college All-American among six prospective student-athletes that signed National Letters-of-Intent. Spartans head coach Simon Tobin made the announcement.
“As I enter my fourth year at San José State, this is the most exciting recruiting class I’ve been involved with. This group offers a glimpse into the attacking, fluid style that is the hallmark of San José State men’s soccer,” said Tobin.
The recruiting class includes five midfielders and a defender. They will join the Spartans in the fall of 2017.
“The entire coaching staff worked extremely hard to garner this talent," said Tobin.
Danny Sanchez, an attacking midfielder from Hayward, Calif., is ranked among the top-150 players in the nation for his class by topdrawersoccer.com and College Soccer News.
“Danny is an exciting attacking player who can operate wide or centrally. I expect Danny to become one of the top forwards on the west coast. Danny has excelled at the highest youth levels for the academy teams,” said the Spartans head coach referring to the Juventus and San Jose Earthquakes academies that Sanchez played for.
Midfielder Kaleihali’a Tolentino-Perry hails from Hawai’i and was discovered at the San José State ID camp. Tolentino-Perry also played football where he was named the 2016 Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF) Offensive Player of the Year.
“Kalei is a gifted midfielder that can add steel and mobility to the team,” Tobin commented.
Nicolas Brenes, a local product from Richmond, Calif., led LPS-Richmond to back-to-back conference championships. The midfielder was also invited to the U.S National Training Center for an opportunity to compete for a spot to go to the U.S. National Camp.
“I‘ve tracked Nicolas for a couple of years with his club team and I was immediately impressed with his technique and balance. Nicolas encapsulates everything I want to see in a total soccer player.”
Brian Nevarez, a prolific scoring midfielder at Pacheco High in Los Banos, Calif., amassed 156 points (64 goals and 28 assists in 49 matches in three varsity seasons.
“Brian can play anywhere on the field and adds a dynamic presence to the team with his strength and pace,” said Tobin.
Tobin and his staff dipped into the community college ranks securing the pledges of Alexis Ocampo (San Jose, Calif., West Valley College) and Andres Rios (Chowchilla, Calif., Fresno City College).
Alexis Ocampo captained the West Valley College squad last season, a school Tobin has had previous success with. Current Spartan, Leonardo Silva and graduating senior, Alex Alcaraz, both were recruited out of West Valley.
“Alexis is a gritty left sided player who will offer tremendous battling qualities to the midfield or defense,” said the Spartans head coach.
Andres Rios is the lone defender in the recruiting class where he was named first team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Junior College Division III All-American at Fresno City College.
“Andy is a very composed central defender with a good range of passing. We expect Andy to immediately contribute to our defense,” said Tobin.
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