Feb. 4, 2009
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis men's soccer team signed eight prospective student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during Wednesday's national signing day, head coach Dwayne Shaffer announced. The prospects, in alphabetical order, are Jacob Barron of La Habra High; Sam Del Gobbo of Terra Linda High; Michael Garrick of Bishop O'Dowd High; Jameil Hall of Franklin High; Taylor Heer of Bellarmine College Prep; Brady Jimison of St. Francis High; Dan Reese of Jesuit; and Pat Reese of Jesuit.
"Overall I think it's an outstanding recruiting class. We definitely filled our needs with this class and I believe this group will add a lot of athleticism, size and speed. This group will set a solid foundation for the future of the program."
Below is a brief bio on each student-athlete and a quote from Coach Shaffer:
Jacob Barron (La Mirada, Calif./La Habra HS)
Scored six goals and added eight assists last season to lead LHHS to its second consecutive Division III Southern Section title... Team went 24-3-2 overall and added a Freeway League title... He scored the game-winning goal during the section title game in 2007... That team went 28-5-1... Also plays tennis at LHHS and was named the team MVP during the past two seasons... Traveled to Ireland for the Milk Cup, which is one of the most prestigious youth soccer tournaments in Europe.
"Jacob is a very good, pure soccer player. He has good quickness and speed. He also possess a good soccer IQ. We look forward to him competing for playing time in the midfield." - Coach Shaffer
Sam Del Gobbo (San Rafael, Calif./Terra Linda HS)
Is a three-time All-Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) honoree, including first-team honors during the past two seasons... Was twice named TLHS team MVP and team captain... Helped lead high school to MCAL title in 2008 and a semifinals appearance in the Class 3A Northern Section tournament... Played club soccer for Marin FC... Club team won a Nomads U-16 title and back-to-back Surf Cup titles at the U-17 and U-18 level... Is also the starting shooting guard for the TLHS basketball team... Excels academically as a CIF Scholar-Athlete.
"Sam is a defender who has played anywhere across the back for his club and high school teams. He is a very good athlete and I look for Sam to compete for playing time as a defender. He has great leaping ability and will be a great addition on those head balls." - Coach Shaffer
Michael Garrick (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd HS)
Is a two-time All-Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) honoree during the last two varsity seasons... Currently has 24 goals as a senior to become the school's all-time goals leader... Scored 15 goals as a junior to earn first-team All-HAAL honors... Helped lead high school to league title in 2007 and their second of three straight appearances in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A Northern Section tournament... Was also an academic honoree... Also ran track for two seasons.
"Michael is probably the fastest of the group. He plays as a striker and leads his high school team in scoring. Michael is a very athletic player and is very quick and fast. He will be a good attacking player for us." - Coach Shaffer.
Jameil Hall (Elk Grove, Calif./Franklin HS)
Named first-team All-Delta Valley League (DVL) as a senior as well as FHS team MVP... Scored eight goals and 12 assists to lead high school to a 19-3-3 record and their fourth straight trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament... Was a two-time team captain... Received multiple academic awards, including being named a Scholar-Athlete and member of the honor roll.
"Jameil is an all-around player and could play any position for us. I see him playing as a striker or as a right-sided back or midfielder. He is fast, tough and has good size." - Coach Shaffer.
Taylor Heer (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep)
Helped lead high school team to a Division I Central Coast Section championship during the 2008 winter season... That team also won a West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) title and finished 26-1-2 overall... Team was section runners-up the previous season... Also played for United States Soccer affiliate United Soccer League in their Super Y League, which develops elite youth soccer players in a professionalized system... Was a member of the De Anza Force Academy and was the team's assist leader when they won the Disney Showcase Championship in 2008... Is a volunteer in Habitat for Humanity and as a coach for kids with special needs.
"Taylor has played as a right midfielder for his club team, but his high school team plays him up front as a striker and he's been scoring a lot of goals. He is a quick player who comes from a very good club and has been well coached. I see Taylor playing outside as a midfielder or in the back." -Coach Shaffer.
Brady Jimison (Redwood City, Calif./St. Francis HS)
Named first-team All-West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) in 2008 as SFHS leading scorer... Totaled 18 goals that season and led his team to the semifinals of the Division II Central Coast Section tournament... Is a four-year starter for the SFHS soccer team... Was a member of the US Soccer Development Academy for the past two seasons... Played club soccer for the Juventus Strikers and helped lead the team to District 2 and Premier League titles in 2007.
"I see Brady playing as a striker or central midfielder for us. He is technically very good and has a good soccer IQ. He has quick feet and good creativity. I see him competing as a striker or central midfielder." - Coach Shaffer.
Dan Reese (Carmichael, Calif./Jesuit HS)
Helped lead JHS to a 27-1-2 overall record and an appearance in the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals as a senior... Team also went a perfect 9-0-0 to win the Delta River League (DRL) crown... JHS was ranked No. 1 in two national polls during the season.... Played defender.... Was also a member of the track and field team.
"Dan is very athletic and tough. He has good size and very good speed and athleticism. He has a good chance to be a starter next season because he fills a need as a defender. " - Coach Shaffer.
Pat Reese (Carmichael, Calif./Jesuit HS)
Played forward for JHS team that ranked No. 1 nationally and advanced within one game of the Sac-Joaquin Section finals... JHS team finished the season at 27-1-2 overall and won the Delta River League (DRL) title... Also ran track.
"Pat has very good size and is very athletic and fast. He is a hard worker and brings some size to our attack. He's a big, athletic striker." - Coach Shaffer.