CONWAY, S.C. -- The Coastal Carolina men's soccer program has announced it has signed 10 players as its 2008 recruiting class, Head Coach Shaun Docking announced today. In the class are Brandon Adkison (Plano, Texas/Plano East), Adam Crysel (Florence, S.C./Wilson), Chris Dixon (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach), Jacob Downey (College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated), Eric Geniesse (Madison, Wisc./West), Casey O'Brien (Randolph, N.J./Morris Catholic), Gray Phelps (Peachtree City, Ga./Starrs Mill), Jesy Phelps (Peachtree City, Ga./Starrs Mill), Nic Santarlasci (Washington, D.C./St. John's College) and Brandon Zeller (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East).
“I am very pleased with the addition of this year’s freshman class," Docking said. "Not only do we have players who will strengthen our squad in every position, but we also have tremendous character being injected into the team. The incoming class has already demonstrated a competitive spirit that will see many compete for starting positions; and a maturity that will benefit the men’s soccer program over the next four years. I am delighted with the make-up of the squad this year and look forward to watching them develop into an exciting and successful team.”
Bios of the recruits are below.
Brandon Adkison MF 5-10 140 Plano, Texas/Plano EastHigh School: A two-year varsity letterwinner at Plano East... Currently has two goals and four assists in the first three games of his senior season for the Panthers... Missed half of his junior season due to injury... Named Most Valuable Offensive Player for the junior varsity his sophomore year... Played club soccer for the Dallas Texans Red North the last three years after playing for the West Red for one season... Was a member of NAS his freshman and sophomore years... Personal: Full name: Brandon Lee Adkison... Son of Tim and Kelli Adkison... Mother Kelli participated collegiate athletics at Sam Houston State from 1979-82... Majoring in biology.
Adam Crysel MF 5-9 154 Florence, S.C./WilsonHigh School: Named All-State and All-Region his junior season, as well as the Regional and Team MVP for his play while serving as team captain... Earned All-Region honors as well his sophomore and freshman seasons... Played his club ball for the Columbia United U-18 Elite... Was a member of the National Honor Society and Honor Roll... Personal: Full name: Adam Jacob Crysel... Son of John and Elizabeth Crysel... Majoring in biology.
Chris Dixon MF 5-9 160 Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle BeachHigh School: A four-year starter for Myrtle Beach... Served as team captain for the Seahawks his final two seasons... Named All-Region and Sun News "Toast of the Coast" his junior season, while earning All-Region honors his sophomore year... Was part of the ODP Region Camp and currently playing club soccer with Bridge Futbol Academy in Mt. Pleasant... Also was part of a team that scrimmaged the U-17 Jamaican National Team in 2007, earning a tie with them... Was a part of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Duke TIP Scholar and National Young Leaders Conference nominee... Personal: Full name: Christopher Michael Dixon... Son of Michael and Pamela Dixon... Majoring in business.
Jacob Downey MF 5-11 170 College Station, Texas/A&M ConsolidatedHigh School: A three-year varsity letterwinner in soccer, serving as captain his senior year for the Tigers... Was a First Team All-District honoree his junior year after being named Honorable Mention All-District as a sophomore... Was played freshman basketball during his high school career... Played club soccer for TFC Texans 89/90 Red as well as 90 South Texas ODP Team... Was a member of the National Honor Society and on the "A" Honor Roll... Personal: Full name: Jacob Gregory Downey... Son of James and Linda Downey... Undecided on major.
Eric Geniesse GK 6-4 205 Madison, Wisc./WestHigh School: Was a four-year soccer letterwinner at West... Played club soccer for FC Milwaukee, leading them to a State Cup and Regional title, as well as a second-place finish at the 2007 Nationals... Also played for the Chicago Magic Academy Team, helping them to the USL Super-Y League National Championship in 2007... Was a three-sport player at West, playing volleyball his senior season, earning Second Team All-Conference honors and also earning varsity letters in track and field his junior and senior seasons... Personal: Full name: Eric Michael Geniesse... Son of Mark Geniesse and Dorie Geniesse... Majoring in business.
Casey O'Brien D 6-1 185 Randolph, N.J./Morris CatholicHigh School: A three-year varsity letterwinnner at Morris Catholic, earning Honorable Mention All-State and First Team All-County and All-Conference honors his senior year while serving as team captain... Was Honorable Mention All-County his junior year after being a part of the Crusaders' State Championship his sophomore season... Helped his club team, Match Fit Academy, win two New Jersey State Cups... Also played baseball and basketball during his high school career... Was a part of AAU Basketball in 2005... Also earned Second Honors during his high school career... Personal: Full name: John Casey O'Brien... Son of Patrick and Karen O'Brien... Mother Karen played college field hockey at Centenary in 1979-80... Majoring in sociology.
Gray Phelps F 5-9 145 Peachtree City, Ga./Starrs MillHigh School: A three-year letterwinner for the Panthers heading into his senior season... As a junior was First Team All-County at forward after scoring a team-high 18 goals and adding six assists... Set a record for the most goals scored in a game with five while earning the team's Offensive MVP award... As a sophomore also earned All-County accolades after posting 10 goals and three assists in the midfield after tallying 15 goals and seven assists his freshman season... Also ran cross country his junior year... Played Club Soccer with the Atlanta Fire United U-18/U-19 team... Was a member of the National Honor Society for two years, as well as part of the Peer Assisted Learning Support Club... Personal: Full name: Gray Barnes Phelps... Son of Gary and Vicky Phelps... Father Gary played college soccer at Northern Illinois University and University of Missouri-St. Louis, while brother Riley is a member of Coastal soccer squad and brother Jesy is also in CCU's 2008 men's soccer recruiting class... Undecided on major.
Jesy Phelps MF 5-9 144 Peachtree City, Ga./Starrs MillHigh School: A three-year varsity letterwinner starting his senior season... Garnered All-County honors his junior and sophomore seasons after scoring 10 goals and eight assists and nine goals and five assists, respectively, in the midfield... His freshman season posted nine goals and eight assists... Competed on the club level with the Atlanta Fire United U-18/U-19 squad... Was a member of the National Honor Society all four years, as well as part of the Peer Assisted Learning Support Club... Personal: Full name: Jesy Martin Phelps... Son of Gary and Vicky Phelps... Father Gary played college soccer at Northern Illinois University and University of Missouri-St. Louis, while brother Riley is a member of Coastal soccer squad and brother Gray is also in CCU's 2008 men's soccer recruiting class... Undecided on major.
Nic Santarlasci MF 5-8 150 Washington, D.C./St. John'sCollegeHigh School: Was a three-year varsity letterwinner in the midfield his final three seasons and served as team captain his last two... Earned First Team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference his senior season after leading in scoring with 13 goals and six assists for 32 points... Garnered Third Team All-Conference honors his junior year after being named Honorable Mention All-Conference as a sophomore... Played club soccer with the MSC Dragons and summer ball with the Rhode Island Stingrays... Also was the varsity kicker for the Cadets' football squad his junior and senior years... Personal: Full name: Nicolas Donovan Santarlasci... Son of Joseph and Betsy Santarlasci... Majoring in business management.
Brandon Zeller MF 5-8 150 Toms River, N.J./Toms River EastHigh School: A two-year starter and three-year letterwinner at East... Named Second Team All-State and First Team All-State Central Jersey, All-Shore, All-County and All-Conference, as well as to the N.J. Digital Sports First Team and All-State All-Stars his senior season... Tallied 14 goals and 10 assists his senior year, leading the Raiders in both categories... Posted nine goals and 11 assists his junior year, earning Second Team All-State Central Jersey and All-Shore and First Team All-County and All-Conference honors... Was inured half of his sophomore season but still managed three goals and five assists... Was a nember of the New Jersey Olympic Development Program from 2003-07... Played with the U.S. National Team U-17 at the 2006 Nike Friendlies... Playing currently on a USSF Academy Team... Competed in club soccer for the Match Fit Academy FC, helping the team to three straight New Jersey State Cups (2005-07), U.S. Club Region titles in 2005 and 2006 and a berth in the U.S. Club National Finals in 2005... Also played in the 2006 Nike Joga 3, representing the U.S. at the World Championships in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and finishing third... Named to the Honor Roll and All-Madden Team at Toms River East... Personal: Full name: Brandon Blake Zeller... Son of Duane and Lynne Zeller... Father Duane and Mother Lynne played college soccer at Houghton from 1981-85 and 1982-86, respectively, while brother Corey also is playing college soccer at Georgetown... Majoring in recreation and sports management.