Stanford Names Six To The Class of 2012
June 24, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford men's soccer will welcome six newcomers for the 2008 season, as head coach Bret Simon announced the team's Class of 2012 today. The incoming class is composed of three Californians and three Texans who will descend on The Farm for preseason training beginning in August.
Joining the Cardinal is Alexander Binnie (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas), Ben Grafentin (Allen, Texas/Allen HS), Clayton Holz (Houston, Texas/St. John's School), Adoni Levine (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS), Tommy Ryan (Ross, Calif./The Branson School), and Cullen Wilson (La Quinta, Calif./La Quinta HS).
'This is an athletic and talented group,' commented Simon. 'The variety of positions and types of players will make for an interesting team dynamic. The past accomplishments of this group are extraordinary. They will certainly help us grow as a program and compete with the top teams in the country.'
Two of the Texans, Binnie and Grafentin, can play dual positions for the Cardinal as Binnie has experience as both a striker and a midfielder. Grafentin plays more defensively, with the ability to anchor back lines as well as move up into a midfield position.
Binnie played club ball for the nationally-renowned Dallas Texans that recently took the prestigious 2007-08 Disney Showcase title. 'Alexander has great pace, and is an attacking player with great one-v-one ability,' praised Simon. 'He has the ability to be dangerous both in the attacking third and in wide positions.'
Grafentin has been a strong player on the youth scene and his club team, Andromeda, won the 2007 USYSA National Championship. 'Ben is a reliable and talented defensive player, who is intense and very aware of his surroundings,' added Simon. 'He is also a threat on set pieces and scored a goal versus Sao Paulo in the Dallas Cup Super Group.'
The third Texan, Holz, will step in for the Cardinal at midfield. Holz had a stint with the youth National Team, was selected to participate in the Adidas ESP program, and is a mainstay on the Region III ODP team. 'Clayton is a very technical player and a phenomenal passer,' commented Simon. 'He has tremendous vision of the field.'
Stanford inked two Bay Area locals in San Jose native Adoni Levine and Marin County's Tommy Ryan. Levine played for the nationally-rated De Anza Force and was a standout at Leland High School, while Ryan has been plying his trade with the San Francisco Seals soccer club and is a graduate of The Branson School.
'Adoni is an attack-minded midfielder who has tremendous quickness and is a great passer,' offered Simon. 'He has the ability to both create and score goals in the Cardinal attack.'
'Tommy is an athletically powerful and technically clean defender,' remarked Simon. 'He showed especially well at our Cardinal Camp in the summer of 2007.'
Wilson, the sole southern California native to join the team this year, played with the DMS 11 club team, formerly known as the L.A. Rampage, which captured the USYSA Region IV Championship in 2007. Wilson also spent time training with the Sheffield United youth academy in the United Kingdom. 'Cullen has a phenomenal work rate up front and has a propensity to score big goals,' commended Simon. 'He is a true goal scorer and is lethal in the air.'
Meet the Incoming Cardinal
Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas
6'0', 175 lbs.
Played club ball for the Dallas Texans, the 2007-08 Disney Showcase Champions ... A four-year letterwinner at the Episcopal School of Dallas, a Southern Prepatory Conference (SPC) member ... Also lettered two years in golf ... Son of Bill and Cary Binnie, and father Bill played semiprofessional soccer in Motherwell, Scotland ... Has four siblings, Vivienne, William, Olivia, and Sanders ... Enjoys golf, tennis, and cycling.
Allen, Texas/Allen HS
6'2', 185 lbs.
Played for Andromeda Soccer Club, the 2007 USYSA National Champions and three-time State Champions in 2004, 2006, and 2007 ... Team also won the 2006 Surf Cup in San Diego and was a part of the Dallas Cup Super Group in 2008 ... The Defensive MVP in 2007 and 2008 for Allen High School ... A Texas District 9-5A First Team All-District Player in 2007 and 2008, also making the All Region Team in 2007 ...Son of John and Andrea Grafentin ... Has one sibling, Grant ... Enjoys outdoor activities and ultimate Frisbee.
Houston, Texas/St. John's School
5'11', 170 lbs.
A U-17 National Pool player (2004-07) ... A four-time member of the Region III ODP team from 2004-08 ... A member of the South Texas State ODP Team from 2002-08, captaining the team from 2004-06 ... Attended Adidas ESP in 2006 and 2007 ... Played for Houstonians FC ... A member and captain senior year of the St. John's School varsity soccer team that played in the Southern Preparatory Conference (SPC) ... Recorded 64 goals and 52 assists over four years ... In his senior year, led the team to a third place finish in the state, the best result in over a decade for the school ... A four-time All-SPC honoree, and twice named the conference MVP in his junior and senior years ... Also competed in track and field ... Son of Eric and Joyce Holz ... Enjoys playing the guitar and music.
San Jose, Calif./Leland HS
5'11', 158 lbs.
Played for the De Anza Force team that reached the USYSA Nationals and Super Y League Nationals in 2006 ... was named the Coca Cola Cup MVP in 2006 ... captained the Force in 2008 ... Was a four-year varsity player for Leland High School in the Blossom Valley Athletic League ... Was BVAL All-League in 2006, 2007, and 2008 ... Plans to major in International Relations at Stanford ... Full name is Adonis Levine ... Son of Michael Levine and Dora Koumoutsakis, father Michael was a gymnast at San Jose State University ... Has one sibling, Sarah ... Enjoys snowboarding, weightlifting, traveling, and history.
Ross, Calif./The Branson School
6'0', 175 lbs.
Played for Marin FC, Club Marin, and most recently the San Francisco Seals ... Played four years on The Branson School's boys soccer varsity team and captained his senior year ... At defense, scored an astounding 18 goals between his junior and senior years, and racked up 20 assists ... A Marin County Athletic League First Team All-League selection in 2007 and 2008, and was named the MCAL Foundation Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2008 ... Also lettered twice in basketball ... Son of Tom and Roxanne Ryan, and has one sibling, Michael ... His uncle, Steve Ryan, was a member of the San Jose Earthquakes (NASL) ... Enjoys mountain biking, trail running, watching the English Premier League, swimming, movies, and playing basketball.
La Quinta, Calif./La Quinta HS
6'4', 185 lbs.
Played club for DMS 11 (formerly L.A. Rampage), the 2006 USYSA Region IV Champions ... Club team was the Coast Soccer Premier League Champions and California Premier State Champions in 2006 and 2007, the Cal South National Cup Champions in 2006 and 2008, and the Dallas Cup Champions in 2007 ... A four-year letter winner in soccer at La Quinta High School of the Desert Valley League (DVL) ... From 2006-08, the team's captain, DVL Player of the Year and a First Team All-DVL honoree ... In 2007, was the CIF-SS Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year ... In 2008, a member of the All-CIF-SS First Team ... Holds La Quinta's record for most career goals (81) and goals in a single season (30) ... Son of Fred and Beth Wilson ... Has two siblings, Alec, and Natalie ... Enjoys water skiing, snowboarding, and ping pong.
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