Men's Soccer Announces 2005 Letter of Intent Signees

Feb. 8, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Five student-athletes, including four from the state of Washington, have signed national letters of intent to play for the Husky men's soccer program beginning in the fall of 2005, Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger announced today.

This year's recruiting class includes Taylor Cochran (Snohomish, Wash.), Michael DeSimone (Everett, Wash.) Rylan Hawkins (Shoreline, Wash.), George John (Shoreline, Wash.) and Jordan Katz (Mission Viejo, Calif.).

'We are delighted by the signing of these five outstanding high school players,' Wurzberger said. 'Once again we remain committed to basing our Husky soccer team around the best talent the state of Washington has to offer and then supplementing with some key players from outside the state. We believe this recruiting class reflects this UW success formula.'

Cochran, a central midfielder who plays under coach Dan Pingrey at Snohomish High School, led his prep squad to a runner-up finish at the 2003 state championship. He also helped his Snohomish teams advance to the state semifinals in 2004 and the quarterfinals in 2002. Cochran was a first-team all-district selection on a squad that won three-straight WesCo North division championships (2002-04). Cochran is a seven-year member of Snohomish United F.C. His club team finished first in the Washington State Snickers Championship five times.

DeSimone is a forward from Mariner High School in Everett, Wash. and plays under coach Rick Lee. A two-time co-captain, DeSimone led the league in scoring as a freshman in 2002. He also earned WesCo South first-team midfielder honors in 2003 and first-team forward honors in 2002. DeSimone was a teammate of fellow signees Cochran and Hawkins with Snohomish United F.C. for three years and also was on the squad that won the 2003 Washington State Snickers Championship.

Hawkins is a 6-2 goalkeeper from Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Wash. Hawkins led his prep squad to a third-place finish at the 2004 WIAA state tournament, while earning second-team all-state honors for himself. He was also a first-team all-league (WesCo South) selection and named a Seattle Post Intelligencer All-Star in 2004. As just a sophomore in 2003, Hawkins was a second-team All-WesCo South honoree and led the league with eight regular season shutouts. He also boasts a stellar club career with Snohomish United and Emerald City `86.

John, a 2004 NSCAA High School adidas All-American, is a central midfielder for coach Drew Thompson at Shorewood High School in Shoreline, Wash. He was a team captain last season as a junior and team MVP as a sophomore. John played five years with Emerald City F.C., leading his squad to a pair of state championships in 2003 and 2004. He was a four-year member of the Washington state '87 ODP team and currently captains the Under-18 Crossfire F.C. team coached by Tommy Jenkins. John helped that club squad to an Under-18 Premier I Division Championship this past fall.

Katz, another central midfielder who attends Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Calif. and plays for coach Ron Willms, rounds out the 2005 UW signing class. Katz is a member of Irvine Strikers F.C. and led his club team to the Region IV Under-17 Championship in Spokane, Wash. in the summer of 2004. His squad also competed in the USYSA National Championships in Orlando, Fla. He played five years for the Cal South '87 state team and is a four-year member of the Region IV '87 ODP pool. Katz was also a two-year adidas ESP selection.

Midfielder/ Forward
6-2 o Snohomish, Wash.
Snohomish HS

CLUB/ HIGH SCHOOL: Played seven years with Snohomish United team took first in Washington State Snickers Championships five times, took first in the 2003 Surf Cup, and placed 3rd at the 2003 Regionals...individually won MVP of the state final, and was second leading goal scorer in 2003...attends Snohomish High School, and plays under coach Dan Pingrey...a four-year letter winner...2003 second-team All WesCo was WesCo North division champions from 2002-2004...first-team all placed second in the 2003 state championships.

PERSONAL: Taylor Cochran...born Nov. 9, 1986...parents are Mike and Christel...has a brother, Ryan.

COACH WURZBERGER ON COCHRAN: 'Taylor is an outstanding athlete with great potential to play at the collegiate level. He has very good feet for a `big man' and is able to deliver the ball with skill. Taylor could easily end at center-back for the Huskies.'

6-1o Everett, Wash.
Mariner HS

CLUB/ HIGH SCHOOL: Played three years with Snohomish United took first in the 2003 Washington State Snickers Championships, took first in the 2003 Surf Cup, and 2002 Pacific Coast Champions...attends Mariner High School, and plays under coach Rick Lee...a four-year letter winner...2003 WesCo South 1st team midfielder...2002 WesCo South 1st team forward...was co-captain in 2003 and 2004...led the league in scoring as a freshman in 2002...won Student/ Athlete Award in 2001.

PERSONAL: Micheal Antonio DeSimone...born May 14, 1987...parents are Vincenzo and Evie...has a brother, Nick and sister, Michelle.

COACH WURZBERGER ON DeSIMONE: 'Mike is a `powerhouse' center forward with the ability to make an immediate impact up front for the Huskies next fall. He is a forward with great size and deceptive speed, and will score goals and create chances for others very soon.'

6-2o Shoreline, Wash.
Shorecrest HS

CLUB/ HIGH SCHOOL: Played with Snohomish United team took first in the 2003 Evergreen International Tournament, and first in the Seattle Diadora Cup Tournament...attends Shorecrest High School...a four-year letter winner... in 2004 earned second-team All-State...was named the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Washington State All-Star...named WesCo South First Team 2003 led all goalkeepers in regular season shutouts (8) in the WesCo South division...was the only freshman on his school's varsity team, which was dominated by seniors.

PERSONAL: Rylan Hawkins...born May 9, 1987...parents are Mike and Chris...sister Kirstin attends UW.

COACH WURZBERGER ON HAWKINS: 'Rylan is one of the best local goalkeeping prospects we have seen in years. He has great size, mobility and command of his penalty area, and this is what we see from Rylan even now. He has the physical tools and the desire to reach the top of the Husky goalkeeping record books.'

6-3o Shoreline, Wash.
Shorewood HS

CLUB/ HIGH SCHOOL: 2004 NSCAA High School adidas All-American...played five years with Emerald City took first in state in 2003 and 2004...four-year member of the Washington state '87 ODP team...currently captains the Under-18 Crossfire team coached by Tommy Jenkins...led that squad to the U-18 Premier I Division Championship this past fall...attends Shorewood High School, and plays under Coach Drew MVP in 2003...named team captain in 2004.

PERSONAL: George John John...born March 20, 1987...parents are John and Emilie...has a brother, Anthony and sister, Angelea.

COACH WURZBERGER ON JOHN: 'George is one of the best young central midfield players in the entire West Region. He has the chance of seeing significant playing time next fall. George has great size, skill, decision making and attitude which will make a significant impact on our program.'

5-6o Mission Viejo, Calif.
Capistrano Valley HS

CLUB/ HIGH SCHOOL: Attends Capistrano Valley High School, and plays for Coach Ron Willms...member of the Cal South'87 state team for five years...also a member of the Region IV '87 ODP team for four years... plays with the Irvine Strikers FC... helped the Strikers to the Region IV U-17 Championship in Spokane, Wash. (2004)...played in the USYSA National Championships in Orlando, Fla.... two-year adidas ESP selection.

PERSONAL: Jordan 'Jo-Jo' Katz...born March 2, 1987...parents are Gary and Marta.

COACH WURZBERGER ON KATZ:'Jo-Jo is another gem out of Southern California for the Huskies. He has special attacking qualities that will make us a better team immediately. Blessed with great vision and passing ability, Jo-Jo will carve open opposing teams' defenses. Movement and skill will be his Husky calling card.'

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