May 3, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--UAB men's soccer head coach Mike Getman announced the signing of two more student-athletes to the class of 2013 this week.
Evan Scarbrough, a midfielder from Searcy, Ark. and Blake Gonzales, a defender from St. Louis, Mo., are set to join the Blazer squad next season.
The duo rounds out the recruiting class that includes James Ngoe (MF/Bradford England), Lars Willemse (D/Wageningen, Netherlands), Henrigue Sposito (MF/Brazil), Joseph Rund (D/St. Louis, Mo.), Chandler Stroupe (D/Birmingham, Ala.) and Rami Dajani (F/Niles, Ill.).
"This completes our recruiting for 2013," Getman said. "I am very excited by this class, and I believe this will go down as one of our best recruiting classes ever."
Scarbrough won back-to-back state championships at Searcy HS, where he was a starter since his freshman season, in which he was named Rookie of the Year. Scarbrough was the first-ever junior team captain at Searcy HS, and lead the team that year with 21 goals and was voted Offensive MVP. Currently, Scarborough is in the running for the Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year award, and has received all-state and all-tournament honors for his high school performance.
Scarbrough is also a member of the Arkansas Rush, and was selected to the National Rush Select Team. In 2011, the Arkansas Rush finished fifth in the Region III Premiere League.
"Evan has great pace and skill," Getman said. "He can also play anywhere on the field. His athleticism and his versatility make him a very exciting player, and I expect him to compete for playing time right away."
Gonzalez played for coach Tim Regan on the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Academy U16 and U18 teams, which won the Academy Playoff Championship in 2012. Gonzalez also played three years for St. Louis University HS.
In 2012, Gonzalez was a U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week Participant and National Finalist, and was also the starting defender for the U16 National Finalist Team.
"Blake is a very smart and skillful defender," Getman said. "He can play anywhere along the back line, and has been coached by some of the best coaches in the United States, which shows in how he plays. I expect Blake to make a big impact on our team."