Georgia Southwestern State University head coach Warren Russ has announced his recruiting class for the 2008 season.
"I'm very excited about my first recruiting class here at GSW," said Russ. "I believe that we have addressed many of our weaknesses by adding players at almost every position. We now have depth, talent, and experience in the team and I can't wait to begin working with them. This new group of players will be the foundation of our program for the next four years and their additions are vital to our future successes."
This year's class consists of 10 players, including one from Trinidad and Tobago and one from England. The signees are: Caleb Brinkley (Cairo, Ga.); Jesse Davis (St. Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago); Harry Garston (London, England); Kevin Huet (Conyers, Ga.); Taylor Jennings (Savannah, Ga.); Michael Morgan (Conyers, Ga.); James Romaniw (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Josh Rudisill (Douglasville, Ga.); Michael Smith (Albany, Ga.) and Ethan Vick (Coolidge, Ga.).
Brinkley, a 5-foot-6 midfielder, comes to GSW from Cairo High School where he was an All-Region I-AAA performer.
"Caleb is currently undergoing rehabilitation for knee surgery," said Coach Russ. "He is on the road to recovery and we believe he will be contributing to our midfield in the near future."
Davis is a 5-foot-6 transfer midfielder from Trinidad and Tobago via South Georgia College. Davis received GJCAA All-Region XVII honorable mention accolades in 2007 at SGC.
"Jesse brings a high level of skill and effort to our midfield," stated Russ. "Also, his experience as an incoming junior will be of great value to us."
Garston, a 5-foot-9 midfielder/forward, comes to GSW from London, England via The University of West England. Garston was a Trinity Schools Cup winner with his high school, Colfe's School. In addition, his club team, London Athletic, was a Dennis Wells Cup winner.
"His skill and work-rate will be a great asset to our program," said Russ.
Huet was a four year letter winner at Heritage High School garnering numerous honors. The 5-foot-11 defender was a 2007 first team All-Region VIII-AAAA selection and first team All-County Defender.
"Kevin is good on the ground and in the air and can help bring the ball into the attack," said Russ. "Also, he has the versatility to play on the left, right or in the center, so we are looking forward to his contribution."
Jennings is another transfer from South Georgia College. The 5-foot-10 sophomore midfielder scored two goals and had two assists in 14 games last season for the Tigers.
"Taylor brings strength and a powerful shot to our front line," said Russ. "He brings a different look to our corps of frontrunners."
Morgan is a 6-foot-1 central defender from Rockdale County High School. Morgan was the 2006 Rockdale Citizen Defender of the Year, as well as a three-time Rockdale Citizen All-Area selection. In addition, Morgan was an Atlanta Journal Constitution East Team honorable mention in 2006 and 2007.
"Michael brings speed confidence, skill and leadership to the Hurricane back line," said Russ. "He has had a standout high school career and we expect him to continue at that level here at Georgia Southwestern."
Romaniw comes to GSW from the renowned Peachtree Ridge High School program. Romaniw, a 6-foot-2 defender, was the 2007 MVP at the Paul Banta Coastal Carolina Soccer Camp in Rome, Ga.
"James is a central defender that brings physicality as well as skill to our back line," said Russ. "His vision and passing ability along with his hard-nosed defensive style will make a valuable addition to our team."
Rudisill is a three-time All-County selection out of Alexander High School. The 6-foot-2 midfielder was a captain in 2007 and for the 2008 Region V-AAAA championship squad. In addition, Rudisill was a Douglas County Athlete of the Week in 2007.
"He has a good touch and is a good passer of the ball," said Russ. "His possession game fits right in with what we're trying to do here."
Smith is a transfer goalkeeper from Anderson University. He spent the 2007 season on the sidelines due to an injury, but has completely recovered and has arrived to compete for the goalkeeping position. Michael is the younger brother of current GSW player Jonathan Smith.
Vick comes to GSW from the highly touted, state semi-finalist Thomas County Central High School program. The 6-foot-1 midfielder/defender was a 2007 first team All-Region I-AAAA selection.
"Ethan was a standout performer in high school," said Russ. "We expect his skill and versatility to help us the next four years."
GSW finished last season 0-18.