UW Men's Soccer And Jamie Clark Sign Eight For 2012
Feb. 6, 2012
SEATTLE - Head men's soccer coach Jamie Clark has announced that seven high school seniors and one junior college transfer have signed National Letters of Intent to play soccer and attend school at UW beginning in the fall of 2012.
Highlighted by Highline Community College transfer Darwin Jones, the 2012 class will be the foundation for the future of Husky Soccer. "In my opinion, Darwin is likely the best attacking player entering college soccer next year," said Clark. Including Jones, five of the eight signees are from the state of Washington. "It will always be our goal to keep the best in-state talent here at UW. We have done that with the 2012 class. In addition, we have added players that will add depth to our already strong defensive unit and outstanding, dynamic attacking players that will bolster our attack for many years to come. "
The 2012 class includes Darwin Jones, Michael Gallagher, James Moberg, Ian Lange, Tyler Miller, David Gebert, Dominique Dismuke, and Justin Schmidt.
Darwin Jones, Forward, Highline Community College, Des Moines, Wash.
Jones chose the Huskies because "I really liked the coaching staff and [I have] been a long-time UW fan as a kid."
Clark on Jones: "He has electric pace and great feet, which makes him a very tough matchup defender. He had a great season with Highline CC last year and before that was a standout for the Seattle Sounders Academy. He has big shoes to fill with the departure of Brent Richards, but I believe he's ready to make a big impact."
Michael Gallagher, Defender/Midfielder, Eastlake HS, Sammamish, Wash.
Gallagher chose Washington because his "brother Patrick is a junior, [it's a] great school, and [I will have] the opportunity to play in front of my family, friends, and Seattle soccer fans."
"Michael is arguably the best player coming out of the state of Washington this year," Clark said. "He is a very smart player that has the ability to play out of tight situations, which will allow him to be a playmaker out of the back or a connecting defensive midfielder."
James Moberg, Midfielder, Maria Carrillo HS, Windsor, Calif.
Moberg says "There are many reasons why I chose to come and play at UW. One of the [primary] reasons is that right when I stepped foot onto the campus, I felt like I was at home. Also, the biggest reason is the coaching staff and their capabilities at raising my game to the next level. I want to play professional soccer one day, and I felt like UW and the coaching staff gives me the best chance at obtaining that goal."
"James is a two-way midfielder with the ability to both unlock defenses with clever passes in the attacking half of the field [as well as] buckle down play right in front of the back four in a more defensive role," Clark said. He has a great feel for the game and is one of the top midfielders coming out of high school on the west coast."
Ian Lange, Defender, Kennedy HS, Burien, Wash.
Lange chose the University of Washington because "I love the school, I like what they offered, [and] I wanted to stay close to my hometown. I think at the University of Washington, I could have the best opportunity for advancing my game to the next level. I love the campus."
"Ian is a powerful defender that has already played with the Seattle Sounders reserve team," Clark said. "His ability to attack balls in the air is unmatched by any youth player I have seen this year. His toughness and intensity makes him a tough defender, but he also has a great range of passing and can help start the attack. His improvement over the last year has been incredible and if it continues, he has a huge playing future ahead."
Tyler Miller, Defender, Volcano Vista HS, Albuquerque, N.M.
Miller chose Washington "because they have one of the best soccer programs in the nation, but also because they have an amazing science program."
"Tyler Miller is a very smart defender that led his New Mexico Rush team to the national finals of last year's club soccer championship," said Clark. "He is a very calm defender that has the ability to play out of the back. His vision allows him to see passes that will make forwards very happy."
David Gebert, Defender/Midfielder, Everett HS, Everett Wash.
Gebert chose UW because he "really wanted to be a part of this great university. I really like the soccer program and the facility it has, the great academic courses it offers, and [Seattle] is an awesome city. I also think it will be a great opportunity to be a part of the new coaching staff and I think I will become a much better soccer player from their coaching."
"David is a very good player that we first saw at our camp," said Clark. "He is an incredibly tough player that is very two-footed. This versatility should allow him to play any of the back six positions at UW. He's a very intelligent player and real winner on the field. On his Crossfire U18 academy team, he is the engine and glue in the middle of the park."
Dominique Dismuke, Forward, Decatur HS, Federal Way, Wash.
He chose Washington because, "I grew up watching UW play and it's always been my No. 1 school. Once I came on my visit I fell in love with the campus and all of the facilities. It's just a great place to play and get your education."
"In our opinion, Dom is the best senior forward in the state," Clark said. "He has the ability to stretch defenses with his pace, but also has very good feet and has a nose for goal. He is one of the top scorers in the academy league at the half way point in the season and I'm sure he will continue to find the net for the rest of this season and in seasons to come."
Justin Schmidt, Defender, Volcano Vista HS, Albuquerque, N.M.
Schmidt chose UW because of "the great soccer program, great coaching staff, great academic[s], [and] beautiful campus. [I] have always loved the area (born in Washington!) [I] can't wait to be a part of it!"
"He is an adventurous left back that loves to go forward and get into the attack," said Clark. "He serves a great ball and could become a force on the left flank. He is physically ready for the college game, and this shows with how good he is in one-on-one situations."