Men's Soccer Signs Six To National Letters Of Intent

Feb. 4, 2010

SEATTLE - The University of Washington men's soccer team signed six prep standouts to National Letters of Intent on Thursday, head coach Dean Wurzberger announced.

The six players who will join the Huskies for the 2010 season are: forward John Crenshaw (Marysville, Wash.), midfielder Quinn Grisham (Issaquah, Wash.), midfielder Brent Ham (Englewood, Colo.), defender Michael Harris (Shoreline, Wash.), defender Taylor Peay (Salt Lake City, Utah) and midfielder Zachary Portillos (Aurora, Colo.)

The Huskies will also welcome U.S. U-17 goalkeeper Spencer Richey (Seattle) to the pitch in 2010, who has already enrolled at Washington for winter quarter.

'This 2010 recruiting class really hits the bull's eye in regards to meeting our needs for next fall's team. The addition of USA U-17 National Team goalkeeper Spencer Richey to the six-member class that singed for us will surely go down as one of our best recruiting classes in years,' Wurzberger said. 'Two excellent players at the back (Peay and Harris), three quality midfield players (Portillos, Grisham and Ham) and one very promising player up front (Crenshaw) will help put our program back among the best in the West quickly. All of these players have the potential to make an immediate positive impact upon our program. We can't wait for them to join our team next August.'

Crenshaw, who attends Marysville-Pilchuck High School, was named the Everett Herald's Player of the Year after leading the Tomahawks to 18-2-2 season and a fourth-place finish at state his junior year. He was also named Second Team All-State.

'John is a quality addition to the depth of our forward line,' Wurzberger said. 'He is blessed with great speed and we are excited to help him use that quality to threaten college defenses. John will give us another important dimension to boost our attacking weapons.'

Grisham, who attends Issaquah High School, was the 2009 KingCo 4A player of the Year and was also named an ESPN RISE honorable mention All-American. He plays for the Crossfire Premier club team and is part of Washington's Olympic Development Program.

'Quinn has a real desire to play at UW and that was my introduction to him,' Wurzberger said. 'He has a good skill level and a high work rate that will serve him well as he competes for playing time in our midfield next fall. I think Quinn will dedicate himself to daily improvement and this attitude will serve him well.'

Ham, who attends Denver Christian High School in Englewood, Colo., was named the Class 3A State Offensive Player of the Year. A National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region nominee, he led the Crusaders to the state title game, scoring 18 goals while contributing nine assists. He is also a club teammate of fellow signee Portillos.

'Brent is a real talent of his own,' Wurzberger said. 'He's fleet-footed and creative and a good work rate will give Brent the initial tools he needs to compete for playing time in our midfield. We consider ourselves lucky that we can get a quality player like Brent along with Zac out of the same productive club midfield.'

Harris was a four-sport star at Shorecrest High School, also competing in football, basketball and gymnastics. After finally deciding to concentrate on soccer recently, he was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year, leading the Scots to a 17-1-0 record and the district-championship game with six goals and eight assists as a midfielder and defender. He also plays for Snohomish United club team and traveled to Costa Rica with his regional Olympic Development Program (ODP) squad in 2009.

'Athleticism is Michael's immediate calling card and his pace, power and quickness will have him playing at the collegiate level very quickly,' said Wurzberger. 'Being the son of a coach, Michael is a real student of the game and he is hungry to make his mark on our program. Watch out when this guy gains his stride and confidence at playing at our level.'

Peay attends Brighton High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, and plays for the Real Salt Lake club team, which competed in the 2009 Youth Club World Cup in Spain. He also led Real Salt Lake's U-17 team to the MLS Sum Cup and was captain of his ODP Region IV team which traveled to Costa Rica last year.

'Taylor has the majority of things you look for in a top-level center back: size, speed and skill and he is good in the air,' Wurzberger said. 'Taylor will figure into our back four somewhere next fall and for years to come.'

Rounding out the group is Portillos, who attends Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo., and plays for the Real Colorado club team. A member of the U.S. U-17 National team, Portillos was an NSCAA All-American in 2007 and ESPN RISE honorable mention All-American in 2009.

'Zac is a high-level youth midfield player with a great left foot,' said Wurzberger. 'He will bring a needed change to our midfield in that his passing style and movement will bring a different dimension to our possession game. We think Zac can help us unlock some defenses.'

Richey, meanwhile, has already enrolled at Washington and has been attending winter quarter classes. The U.S. U-17 National Team goalkeeper, Richey recently attended the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. He is a PARADE and NSCAA All-American.

The Huskies will return seven starters to the pitch in 2010, including their top four leading scorers from last season, and will look to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.

WASHINGTON MEN'S SOCCER LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES

John Crenshaw
F, Marysville, Wash. (Marysville-Pilchuck/Snohomish United)

Quinn Grisham
MF, Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah/Crossfire Premier)

Brent Ham
MF, Englewood, Colo. (Denver Christian/Real Colorado)

Michael Harris
D, Shoreline, Wash. (Shorecrest/Snohomish United)

Taylor Peay
D, Salt Lake City, Utah (Brighton/Real Salt Lake)

Zachary Portillos
MF, Aurora, Colo. (Grandview/Real Colorado)

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