Feb. 25, 2013
Louisville, Ky. -
Louisville head coach Ken Lolla has announced that Andrew Brody, Romilio Hernandez, Jeremy and Michael DeGraffenreidt have all signed letters-of-intent to play for the University of Louisville next season. The Cardinals' recruiting class has been ranked No. 11 by Top Drawer Soccer, giving Lolla and his staff their highest ranked recruiting class in school history.
"We are very excited about the talent and experience of the young men joining our program," said Lolla. "All four come from highly recognized and successful club programs. They are people that possess excellent character and ability. This is likely our best overall recruiting class."
Below is a list of signees:
Andrew Brody, 5-10, Midfielder, Orlando, Fla. (Vista Grande)
Brody plays outside midfield or attacking midfield at Real Salt Lake - Arizona in the U. S. Soccer Development academy. Brody is ranked 49th by Top Drawer Soccer and is also ranked in the ESPN Top 150. He played for the US Development Academy Select team last season and was invited to the preseason camp with the RSL first team recently.
"Andrew is technically very good and crafty with the ball," said Lolla. "He has the ability to create opportunities for himself and others. He can also play in any of the attacking midfield roles."
Romolio Hernandez,6-0, Midfielder, Lanham, Maryland (Edmond Burke)
Hernandez starred for the Baltimore Bays Chelsea the past two years, scoring seven goals last season. He played high school soccer at Edmund Burke School and earned ESPN HS Fall D.C. All-Star honors. Earned first team All-PVAC honor his junior year at Edmund Burke. Hernandez is ranked 45th by Top Drawer Soccer and is also ranked in the ESPN Top 150 at 30th in the nation.
"Romi has been involved with the US National Team program and was recently invited to join The El Salvador U.20 National Team," said Lolla. "He is a very technical player with the versatility to play anywhere in the midfield. He has a great feel for the game and very competitive."
Michael DeGraffenreidt, 5-10, Defender
Michael was named Maryland's Soccer Player of the Year. He is a two-time all-state first team selection. He helped anchor Loyola's defense to the second best goals against average in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. He also led the team to two shutouts in the playoffs en route to its first league championship since 2005. He is ranked 52nd in the nation by ESPN Top 150.
"Michael is extremely athletic and is one of the top one on one defenders in our country for his age," said Lolla. "He continues to make great strides in his development and is filled with the qualities to be special."
Jeremy DeGraffenreidt ,5-10, Forward
Jeremy finished his senior season at Loyola with 18 goals and 20 assists. Along with his brother he helped lead his team to its first league championship since 2005. He earned All=MIAA A Conference honors for four straight seasons. He earned all-state honors his senior year and was named MIAA A Conference Co-Player of the Year honors.
"Jeremy is gifted athletically and has grown as much as any of our incoming players in the past six months," Lolla said. "He is versatile and will play an attacking role for Louisville. He has a very bright future."