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2018 Top College Prospects: Edition One

By COLTON CORESCHI - colton.coreschi@uslsoccer.com, 08/21/18, 4:45PM EDT

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50 players across all divisions of college soccer feature on first list

TAMPA, Fla. — With the 2018 fall collegiate season set to kick off on Friday with NCAA Division I's first matches, the first edition of the Premier Development League's Top College Prospects list has been released.

"It's an exciting time for our athletes, as they transition from their PDL clubs to their collegiate homes for the fall," said PDL Co-Director Chris Madden. "We wish each of them luck in their university campaigns and look forward to watching the many talented individuals on this list compete as they continue to work towards the professional level."

Included on the inaugural list - which will be updated biweekly during the collegiate season - are PDL MVP Kinoshita Ryosuke, who transfers into his first season with Louisville after leading the Des Moines Menace to the PDL Regular Season Championship, and No. 1 PDL Top Prospect Aaron Molloy, who returns to Penn State after reaching the PDL Championship with Reading United AC earlier this month.

Among PDL clubs, Reading United AC, Chicago FC United, the New York Red Bulls U23 and the Colorado Rapids U23 feature the most prominently - with three representatives each. The universities most featured on the list include Louisville and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the Atlantic Coast Conference, as well as Big Ten powerhouse Michigan State, all of whom host three alumni named to the list of 50 players.

While 41 of the players named hail from NCAA Division I universities, eight come from NCAA Division II schools - including Lander, which hosts both Rich Bryan and Jordan Skelton from Mississippi Brilla FC - and one athlete, Nikola Fimic of the OKC Energy U23, hails from NAIA school Oklahoma Wesleyan.

The Top College Prospects list features the 50 top college-based individuals who have competed in the PDL. The list will evolve over the course of the fall, with biweekly updates on Tuesdays allowing players to raise their stock and earn recognition based on their collegiate play.

GOALKEEPERS

Name

College

Conference

PDL Team

Jimmy Hague Big Ten
Carlos Mercado Southland
Alec Smir ACC
Dayne St. Clair Big Ten
Bennet Strutz MSC (NAIA)

DEFENDERS

Name

College

Conference

PDL Team

Rich Bryan Peach Belt (DII)
Alex Comsia ACC
Lamine Conte ACC
Nikola Fimic KCAC (NAIA)
Mathieu Laurent C-USA
Kamal Miller ACC
Callum Montgomery C-USA
Sam Raben ACC
Jordan Skelton Peach Belt (DII)
Grant Stoneman MVC
Gabriel Torres ECC (DII)
Carson Vom Steeg Big West

MIDFIELDERS

Name

College

Conference

PDL Team

Jakov Basic America East
Deri Corfe Horizon League
Brad Dunwell ACC
Said Haji A-10
Janos Loebe A-10
Marco Micaletto MAC
Aaron Molloy Big Ten
Matteo Polisi GNAC (DII)
Luka Prpa Big East
Theo Quartey Big East
Harry Pearse ECC (DII)
Ryan Sierakowski Big Ten
Juan David Tejada Londono Sunshine State (DII)

FORWARDS

Name

Position

College

Conference

PDL Team

Ifunanyachi Achara Forward Big East
Josh Coan Forward Big East
Killian Colombie Forward MAAC
Griffin Dorsey Forward Big Ten
Samuel Goni Villava Forward Big West
Brandon Guhl Forward Big East
DeJuan Jones Forward Big Ten
Charlie Ledula Forward ECC (DII)
Garrett McLaughlin Forward AAC
Benji Michel Forward WCC
Santiago Patino Forward C-USA
Tate Robertson Forward MAC
Kinoshita Ryosuke Forward ACC
Brian Saramago Forward Patriot League
Tate Schmitt Forward ACC
Guillermo Segovia Forward G-MAC (DII)
Andre Shinyashiki Forward Summit League
Tucker Stephenson Forward MVC
Mustapha Wadda Forward ACC
Marek Weber Forward NE-10 (DII)

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