Tar Heels have top-rated recruiting class

Player Signings

North Carolina’s 2016 recruiting class has been ranked No. 1 by both Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.

Tar Heels head coach Carlos Somoano officially announced the signing class on Wednesday that includes eight high school seniors and a transfer from UC Santa Barbara.

Midfielder Drew Murphy was a two-year starter in Santa Barbara before sitting out most of 2015 with an injury. He was second team All-Big West in 2014 and made the Big West All-Freshman team in 2013.

Six of the eight incoming freshman have experience playing with MLS academy teams. Chicago Fire Academy midfielder Cameron Lindley is the NSCAA high school player of the year and he’ll be joined by Academy teammate Mauricio Pineda, a defender.

Defender Auston Trusty and midfielder Jack Skahan were teammates on the Philadelphia Union Academy U16 team last season while forward Nathaniel Adamolekun plays for Orlando City Academy and forward Giovanni Montesdeoca for FC Dallas.

Rounding out the recruiting class are midfielder Jeremy Kelly and goalkeeper Drew Romig.

The Tar Heels (15-2-3 overall, 6-1-1 in the ACC) have a lot of holes to fill having lost first-round MLS draft picks Omar Holness, Jonathan Campbell and Jordan McCrary and regular starters Raby George and Alex Olofson.

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