BATON ROUGE – LSU Soccer’s heralded 2013 recruiting class solidified its reputation as one of the nation’s best on Friday afternoon when it was selected as the No. 1-ranked class in the Southeastern Conference and the No. 14-ranked class in the NCAA ahead of the 2013 season by the editorial staff at www.AllWhiteKit.com.
The Tigers will welcome their Class of 2013 featuring five international recruits to campus in just 11 days for the start of preseason training camp on Tuesday, August 6.
While junior transfer Natalia Gomez-Junco (Monterrey, Mexico) enrolled in January prior to the start of the spring semester, four incoming freshmen will join the program in August as the Tigers are excited to add the likes of striker Summer Clarke (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada), attacking midfielder Emma Fletcher (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), left back Megan Lee (Massey, Auckland, New Zealand) and center back Rebecca Pongetti (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) to bolster a young, talented roster for the 2013 season.
Each of LSU’s 2013 recruits joins the program with an international pedigree that includes starting experience for their respective countries at the FIFA Women’s World Cup at the Under-17 and Under-20 levels.
The Tigers will welcome a new wave of talent into the program in the coming years as they expect to sign another strong class of recruits on National Signing Day in February 2014. LSU’s 2014 recruiting class is the No. 2-ranked class in the SEC and No. 10-ranked class in the NCAA in the initial 2014 rankings released by www.AllWhiteKit.com on July 15.
“We’re excited to have this kind of momentum on our side as we get ready to open preseason training in the coming weeks. We expect this to be as competitive a preseason camp as we’ve had with this level of talent joining our program ahead of the fall season,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “This class of recruits will be a great complement to the talent we have returning from last year’s squad.
“Our staff has done a tremendous job of identifying and recruiting the best players in the world to join our team at LSU and help us achieve the goals we’ve set for our program. The future of the LSU Soccer program is certainly as bright as it’s ever been with the level of world-class talent getting ready to join us in the coming years.”
LSU is the lone program in the country to crack the Top 20 of the final recruiting rankings released by the editorial staff at www.AllWhiteKit.com ahead of the 2013 season.
While the Tigers rank No. 14 nationally for the 2013 recruiting cycle, they top the list among the 11 SEC programs with classes ranked among AWK’s Top 100 nationally this season. LSU is followed by No. 21-ranked South Carolina, No. 23-ranked Georgia, No. 26-ranked Florida, No. 27-ranked Vanderbilt, No. 36-ranked Auburn, No. 39-ranked Kentucky, No. 42-ranked Tennessee, No. 45-ranked Texas A&M, No. 48-ranked Alabama and No. 100-ranked Missouri in AWK’s final 2013 recruiting rankings.