Clemson have seven new players set to join their squad with several of the nation’s best targets as well as some great local talent from the Upstate. Their new class is listed below in detail.
Midfield talent Andy Anglade comes from Alpharetta, GA. He was named in the under 17 Haiti national squad in 2011 and has had training periods with both English Npower Championship club West Ham United and Italian Serie B side Empoli.
Local talent John Cajka moves from JL Mann High School in Greer, SC where he helped to lead his team to four straight South Carolina 3A State Championships in men’s soccer. The midfielder captained his team for both his junior and senior year. He got his start in the sport through the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy(CESA) based in Greenville.
Robert “TJ” Casner joins from talent rich Irvine, CA where he made a name for himself as a forward at Pateadores Academy and University High School. Casner has trained and competed with English Premier League clubs Blackburn Rovers, Everton FC and Manchester City while also having training time with Npower Championship sides Ipswich and West Ham United.
Another local talent born from CESA is Easley, SC defender Kyle Fisher from Wren High School. His greatest accomplishment is leading CESA’s Under 18 team to a number one national ranking.
Matthew Freeman is another South Carolina native headed to Clemson. The ESPN RISE top 150 prospect comes from Irmo, SC and Irmo High School where he was a two time state runner-up in both 2010 and 2011. The defender was also a member of CESA and was also picked as a top 20 ACC incoming freshman.
Preston Gayton comes from Peachtree, GA where he has been featured as an ESPN RISE top 150 prospect, Top 20 ACC incoming freshman and Top 20 ACC incoming freshman to watch in 2012. Gayton also is a member of the Disney All-Star team that competed in England in 2011 as well as having been named on the United States U17 national team.
The Tigers last 2012 class member is Elmont, NY midfielder Richard Robinson. A three time state championship winner in 2007, 2008 and 2009, Robinson led Lawrence Woodmere Academy in scoring both his freshman and sophomore years.
This looks to be another exciting year in the history of Clemson men’s soccer as the former National Champions hope to build on their strong finish last season with an ACC title push in 2012.
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