UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond men's soccer head coach Clint Peay has announced that four prep student-athletes will continue their academic and athletic careers with the Spiders beginning in the fall of 2012.
Chris Hill (Howell, N.J.), Brandon Jordi (Charlotte, N.C.), Parker Patterson (Alexandria, Va.) and Mitch Reavis (Clarendon Hills, Ill.) represent the program's four-man class that has already committed and will be eligible to compete with the Spiders during the 2012 season.
"Our class this year consists of some wonderful soccer players who are good character people," said Peay. "I believe the impact these young men will have during their four years will reach far beyond the soccer field. We like to play attacking soccer with possession as the core of our style. The addition of these four players will give us better depth and balance in our offensive style of play."
The Spiders graduate just two seniors in Ben Brewster and Jayson Perez this year while welcoming back 21 players for the fall campaign.
Chris Hill • Midfield/Forward • 6-0 • Howell, N.J. • Howell High School
Hill is set to join the Spiders after a successful prep career under coach Rich Yuro at Howell High School. The midfielder/forward was a four-year varsity player and three-year starter who scored 20 goals to go with 21 assists on his way to being named the program's MVP as a senior captain this season.
After leading the Rebels to a division championship in each of the past two years, Hill was named All A-North Division First Team and All-Monmouth Country First Team as a junior and senior. He would go on to be recognized to the All-Shore Conference Second Team and All-State Third Team in 2011.
The incoming Spider, who played club for the NJSA 04 Academy team, is also accomplished off the field. In addition to his designation to the National Honor Society and High Honor Roll, Hill's academic accolades also include being honored as a Scholar Athlete and Distinguished Rebel Scholar. He has been involved in the Howell Police Athletic League and the Lead for Diversity program as well.
Brandon Jordi • Midfield/Forward • 5-8 • Charlotte, N.C. • Charlotte Latin School
Jordi is set to attend Richmond following a standout career as a four-year starter on coach Lee Horton's Charlotte Latin squad. He completed his stellar career with 65 goals and 40 assists for a Hawks program that won the state championship in 2008 and finished as the runner-up the following year. The three-time All-Conference and All-Region selection was named All-State and All-South (Region-III) as a senior while also being tabbed a South Charlotte Weekly Boys Super Team selection in 2011.
The Queen City product has enjoyed equal success on the club and national circuits as well. Jordi's North Meck Academy Club team has twice reached the Academy playoffs, finishing its 2011 season ranked sixth in the nation. He attended the U.S. U14 National Camp in 2007 before joining the U15 National team and U.S. U16 Academy National Select Team over the next two years. The two-time U.S. U16 Academy Player of the Week captain his U16 club squad in 2009-10.
Jordi's strong boot also afforded him a place as kicker on the Hawks varsity football team, earning him recognition as Special Teams Player of the Week by the South Charlotte Weekly. His academic honors include designation to Charlotte Latin's Head Masters List. In his free time away from the sport, Jordi can be found tutoring area youth as part of the Seigle Avenue Volunteer program.
Parker Patterson • Midfield • 5-10 • Alexandria, Va. • St. Stephens & St. Agnes School
Patterson will join Coach Peay's Spider program after completing a career as a four-year starter under coach Bo Amato at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School. The two-time captain, who paced the program in goals and assists as a junior and senior, led his Saints squad to its first conference championship in school history in addition to a pair of state semifinals and one state finals appearance.
Patterson's individual accolades include three years as a VISAA All-State and All-IAC selection and being recognized as Second Team All-Metro. His career has also been highlighted by an All-America nomination.
Patterson has helped lead his Annandale United FC club team to two Virginia state cup championships and the Disney Soccer Showcase title. The club, which has been ranked among the top 10 nationally, was also a Region I semifinalist and Region I Premier League champions.
A member of the Saints golf and lacrosse programs, Patterson complemented his success on the field with recognition to the Dean's List Honor Roll as well. He has also consistently volunteered with the Hopkins House, a local center committed to early childhood education.
Mitch Reavis • Midfield/Forward • 5-8 • Clarendon Hills, Ill. • Hinsdale Central High School
The Spiders welcome Reavis to the program following his decorated career both on the field and in the classroom at Hinsdale Central. A four-year starter and two-time captain under coach Mike Wiggins, he led the Red Devils to its third-consecutive regional championship as a junior after the program reached the IHSA Sweet Sixteen in each of the previous two seasons.
Reavis capped his stellar Red Devils career with a host of individual honors in his final two years with the program. The 2011 Team MVP was tabbed an IHSA All-Sectional and Daily Herald First-Team All-Area DuPage County selection as a junior and senior. Reavis, who was also a First-Team West Suburban Silver All-Conference honoree both years, was named one of Chicago's Top 20 "Players to Watch" by the Chicago Tribune and a Chicago Sun-Times Second-Team All-Chicagoland selection in 2011. The school also designated him a Dick Ohl Determination Award winner his final three seasons.
Playing club for the Chicago fire Youth Academy, Reavis led the team to the U16 USSDA National title in 2010 after helping his club take the U15 state title. He would make state championship appearances with his U14 and U17 squads as well.
Reavis has also undoubtedly made his mark in the classroom and beyond while at Hinsdale Central. A member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society, he has made the Dean's List every quarter over his four years. His academic success helped his Red Devils squad twice earn the NSCAA National Team Academic Award.
In partnership with his father, Reavis founded GOALS (Giving Orphaned Africans Love with Soccer), a non-profit organization whose mission is to collect equipment and raise funds to build turf soccer fields in sub-Saharan Africa. For his efforts, he was one of four male students in his class of over 700 students to receive the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation Award.
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