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Tech Announces Signees
12 newcomers to play for the Hokies in 2003
February 13, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech men's soccer coach Oliver Weiss has announced the 2003 recruiting class, which includes 12 student-athletes. Ten of the 12 players have signed national letters of intent to enroll at Tech for the 2003-04 academic year, while the remaining two have already enrolled this spring.

"I couldn't be happier with the student-athletes we recruited this year," said Weiss. "All of them are outstanding young men who will impact our program starting this fall."

This year's recruiting class is comprised of a goalkeeper, five defenders, two midfielders and four forwards. Seven of the 12 athletes are Virginia natives. Other states represented in the recruiting class are Pennsylvania with two players and Texas, Maryland and North Carolina with one each.

"This new freshman class will make up 50 percent of our team next fall, considering our roster has 26 players," said Weiss. "Having said that, we return 31 of our 32 goals scored from last year. I think we could have the best of both worlds next fall, youth and experience."

Already enrolled at Tech are Dustin Dyer and Ben Nason. Dyer, a 5'11" defender from Ashland, Va., is a transfer from Christopher Newport University, where he saw action as a wing midfielder last fall. Prior to CNU, he played for the three-time state champion Richmond Strikers.

Nason, a 5'10" midfielder from Stafford, Va., graduated from Colonial Forge High School a semester early, enabling him to begin classes at Tech this spring. A key player for the Richmond Strikers, Nason will be looked to as an anchor in the Tech midfield when he begins his freshman season in the fall.

Brent Dillie (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is a 5'11" midfielder at Upper St. Clair High School. At Tech, Dillie will compete as a defender or a defensive midfielder. He was team captain for the Beadling Soccer Club and played in the Region 1 championship twice, winning once. He has been a member of the PA West State ODP team and made the All-State team as a senior. Dillie plans to enroll in engineering at Tech.

Bo Lawrence, a 5'10" forward from Haymarket, Va., is a senior at Osbourn Park High School. He played for the Chantilly Cannons of the Washington, D.C., area's National Capital Soccer League. Lawrence has also been a mainstay in the Virginia State ODP program, as well as the Region 1 ODP program.

Luke Mitchell (Midlothian, Va.), a 6'1" defender, is a senior at Midlothian High School. He played central defender for the Richmond Strikers and will fill the same role for the Hokies. Mitchell has also been a member of the Virginia State ODP program. He plans on majoring in chemical engineering when he arrives at Tech.

Keith Osborne is a 6'1" forward from Manassas, Va. The Osbourn High School senior played alongside Lawrence for the NCSL's Chantilly Cannons and has also been a member of the Virginia State ODP team. At Tech, Osborne intends on majoring in business.

Scott Spangler (Media, Pa.) is a 5'8" forward at Strath Haven High School. The versatile player won a national championship with his Eastern PA State ODP team, while his club team, the Hockessin Blizzard, advanced to the Region 1 semifinals last summer. In addition, Spangler broke the scoring record at Strath Haven in the fall.

Chad Steuck, a Cary, N.C., native, is a 5'9" defender at Green Hope High School. As a leftback for his Raleigh club team, CASL Elite, he led his team to the Super Y League National Championship last summer wearing the captain's armband. Steuck plans to major in communications.

TJ Thompson (Silver Spring, Md.) is a 6'5" defender who played right back for his club team, the Bethesda Alliance. Thompson won the 2002 Region 1 Championship and placed fourth at Nationals with the Alliance. The Springbrook High School senior would like to combine his interest in engineering with a business degree when he enrolls at Tech in the fall.

Dustin Toth (Chesterfield, Va.) is the lone goalkeeper in the 2003 recruiting class. The 6'1" senior from Manchester High School played with the Richmond Strikers and was a member of the Virginia State ODP program.

Eric Vickers, a 5'8" midfielder from Fort Worth, Texas, attends Nolan Catholic High School. His club team, Dallas Texans, has won three Region III championships in a row, while at Nationals, the Texans finished second and third in 2001 and 2002, respectively. Vickers has also been a member of the North Texas State ODP program.

Micah Woody (Midlothian, Va.) is the final piece to the recruiting puzzle. The 6'1" forward is a senior at Midlothian High School. He is the fifth member of the three-time state champion Richmond Strikers squad to commit to the Hokies in 2003. Woody is also a former member of the Virginia State ODP team. He plans to major in business at Tech.

"What I like best about this class is the fact that every incoming player has been on a very successful youth team," Weiss said. "All of these players have won numerous, state, regional and national championships before they came to us. That's a great foundation to build on and we will offer these student-athletes an opportunity to play against the best teams in Division I so they can elevate their game and become better."

"Another reason why I am so excited about this group is its upside potential. All of these players will have a tremendous growth and improvement factor once they start training and playing in the college environment."

NamePos.HometownHigh SchoolLast Club
Brent DillieDPittsburgh, Pa.Upper St. ClairBeadling SC
Dustin DyerDAshland, Va.Christopher Newport Univ.Richmond Strikers
Bo LawrenceFHaymarket, Va.Osbourn ParkChantilly Cannons
Luke MitchellDMidlothian, Va.MidlothianRichmond Strikers
Ben NasonMStafford, Va.Colonial ForgeRichmond Strikers
Keith OsborneFManassas, Va.OsbournChantilly Cannons
Scott SpanglerFMedia, Pa.Strath HavenHockessin Blizzard
Chad SteuckDCary, N.C.Green HopeCASL Elite
TJ ThompsonDSilver Spring, Md.SpringbrookBethesda Alliance
Dustin TothGKChesterfield, Va.ManchesterRichmond Strikers
Eric VickersMFort Worth, TexasNolan CatholicDallas Texans
Micah WoodyFMidlothian, Va.MidlothianRichmond Strikers
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