FULLERTON, Calif.--- In addition to the eight recruits that made up the initial 2013 Cal State Fullerton men's soccer class, head coach Bob Ammann has brought in eight more non-scholarship athletes to round out what now is the largest recruiting class in the Bob Ammann era.
"I am very excited to add such a talented group to the players we previously signed and the strong group of returners," said Ammann. "The group not only adds talent, but gives us the depth we've been lacking.
"Every one of these guys has been a proven winner in their previous schools, but at the same time they all know they have something to prove. I feel every one of these guys has the talent and drive to be on the field and make contributions immediately."
FullertonTitans.com now takes the time to meet the rest of the 2013 signing class.
Erik Stephenson – MF – San Diego, Calif. (San Jacinto JC)
Stephenson comes to Cal State Fullerton as a junior after competing for two years at San Jacinto Junior College. He played for the Del Mar Sharks, San Diego Crusaders, and the San Diego Surf Academy. He also was a California South ODP and Region IV ODP member, while being a part of the US National U-17 Team Residency program in Florida. While at San Jacinto Junior College, Sephenson was named first team All-Region and was voted team MVP.
Saul Barrera-Roca – D – Los Angeles, Calif. (Bell High School)
Barrera-Roca played for three club teams in Tapatio FC, the Pachuca Academy, and the Vaqueros Academy which he currently plays for. While at Bell High School he helped lead his team to back-to-back Eastern League Championships in 2012 and 2013, while also guiding the squad to LA City Section CIF Championships those two years. Barrera-Roca received individual recognition as well, earning a spot on the All-League first team, as well as receiving an All-City selection his senior season. In addition to the athletic achievements, Barrera-Roca also succeeded in the classroom, as he was named a Scholar Athlete award winner his senior year.
Elliott Braund – D – Winchester, England (Peter Symonds College)
Braund comes to Cal State Fullerton from Winchester, England where he played as a defender for Winchester FC. He also played for Southampton Academy and participated in trials for the Premier League's West Ham. While at Peter Symonds College, he helped lead his team to the quarterfinals of the National Cup.
Dante Medina – MF – Santa Ana, Calif. (Foothill High School)
Medina played his soccer at Foothill High School before moving to the Pateadores Academy team. While he was at Foothill High School he was named the league's best offensive player and team MVP.
Alex Cannas – MF – Ladera Ranch, Calif. (Irvine Valley College)
Cannas participated in trails for the Italian B club AS Cittadella and played at Irvine Valley College for two seasons before transferring to Cal State Fullerton.
Sage Smith – MF – Hesperia, Calif. (Oak Hills High School)
Smith comes to Cal State Fullerton as a true freshman He has played for the Arsenal Academy, Golden State and CZ Elite clubs. While at Oak Hills High School, Smith put together quite an individual career, as he earned All-CIF first team honors twice, was a member of the All-CIF second team once, and earned a spot on the All-League team three times. He also earned team MVP and the school's student-athlete of the year award his senior year at Oak Hills High School. He also did great work inside the classroom, earning the Scholar Athlete award all four years in high school.
Caide Ramos – MF – Highland, Utah. (Lehi High School)
Caide Ramos comes to Fullerton as a true freshman and the younger brother of Titan teammate Ian Ramos. He was a four-year letterwinning midfield/forward for Lehi High School, helping to guide the Pioneers to state championships his freshman and senior years, as well as region championships all four years.
Zach Ruggieri – GK – Hemet, Calif. (Hemet High School)
Ruggieri walks on to the soccer team after playing the goalkeeper position for four years at Hemet High School. He made first team All-League his sophomore, junior, and senior years, while also being named the team captain his junior and senior seasons. While in high school, Ruggieri also excelled off the pitch, as he was named the school's Student Athlete of the Year and found himself on the honor role all four years. Ruggieri has also played for the San Diego Flash of the National Premier Soccer League.