Men's soccer announces 2007 signing class
Allen, Bentley, Burnell, Hooper, Kaufman and Shupp commit to Tech
February 9, 2007

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer program has announced the signing of six newcomers to National Letters of Intent for the 2007-08 academic year. Among this year's class will be Max Allen, Clarke Bentley, Craig Burnell, Brent Hooper, Chris Kaufman and James Shupp. The new signees hail from four different states ranging from Maine to Georgia, and will join a Hokie squad that made the NCAA Tournament in 2006 for the third time in the last four seasons. Two of the recruits - Allen and Shupp - are already familiar with each other as they were teammates on the FC Delco club team.

"I am excited to have these six student-athletes commit to Virginia Tech," head coach Oliver Weiss said. "Not only are they talented soccer players from rich club and high school environments, but they are outstanding students as well. My assistant coaches have done a great job finding the right combination of player, student and super citizen for our program.

"This class will improve our talent level. Frankly, I think these young men will be a lot of fun to coach, and consequently, they will help us build the next plateau for our program's successes."

Allen - who has played as a forward, a midfielder and a defender - is from Wayne, Pa., where he attends The Haverford School. In addition to being a four-time member of the All Inter-Academic Conference Team, he won the Most Points Award as a junior, and as a senior, was the team co-MVP while being named to the All-Delaware County and All-Main Line teams. He also played club ball for FC Delco, and was a five-year member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association ODP Team.

Bentley is a center midfielder hailing from Marietta, Ga., where he has played for Marietta High School and Cobb FC U-18. In two seasons with the high school team, he tallied 18 goals and 20 assists, while being named the team's offensive MVP and a member of the 2006 MDJ All-County second team. His club team accomplishments include leading the team in scoring his senior season while ranking fourth in the R3pl East, and being part of the 06 R3pl championship team.

Burnell, a forward/defender from Wells, Maine, totaled 42 goals and 25 assists during his career at Wells High School. A member of the National Honor Society, he was named to the Western Maine All-Conference Soccer Team three times, the York County Coast Soccer All-Star Team two times, and was the Journal-Tribune Player of the Year as a junior. He led his team in scoring in each of his last three seasons, and was also a state champion in the 4x200m relay as a member of the indoor track team. Burnell also played for the Seacoast United Soccer Club, where he helped them to become Region 1 finalists, Super Y League National finalists and U.S. Club National Cup finalists.

Hooper is a midfielder from Bel Air, Md., where he starred for Archbishop Curley High School. Also a member of the National Honor Society, he captained the MIAA champions during his senior year while being named First-Team All-City, All-State, All-Metro, All-MIAA and NSCAA All-South. He also played club ball for the Baltimore Casa Mia Bays, who in 2006, were the Maryland State Champions, the Region I Champions and the National Champions. Additionally, Hooper participated in the Maryland Olympic Development Program in 2005 and 2006.

Kaufman, a midfielder from The Heights School in Silver Spring, Md., was a four-year starter who made numerous all-tournament teams before being named the team MVP and an All-Met honorable mention as a senior. His club career included two seasons with MPS McLean FC, where he helped lead them to the semifinals of the 2006 Virginia State Cup and the championship in the 2006 Bethesda Tournament. He also was the team captain of his high school basketball team and was named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar after accumulating an overall G.P.A. of 4.09/4.0.

Shupp is a center back from Downingtown, Pa., where he played for Downingtown West High School and FC Delco Black V. He started for four years at Downingtown West, where he tallied 26 goals while being named first-team All-Area three times, the team captain twice, and the team MVP once. He was a four-year starter/two-year captain for his club team, which won the state championship and the Region 1 Director's League championship twice. He also was a four-year starter/three-year captain for the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association ODP team.