2017 “From top to bottom we feel that this is one of the best classes that we’ve ever had here at the University of Denver. With five Colorado kids, we feel extremely comfortable with understanding who the student-athletes are, who they can be and ultimately understanding what makes them tick. For us, we feel that this is a class that understands the standards and the expectations of the program already, because they’ve been around. We expect this class to be able to hit the ground running when they get here this fall.” - Head Coach Jamie Franks
Bailey Heller - Fr. - Defender - Highlands Ranch, Colo. Colorado Rapids Development Academy
Before Denver: Earned a U-18 Men's National Team Camp invite in April, 2016...Regionally ranked player in 2016 and 2017...Spent 2005-16 with Real Colorado before joining with the Colorado Rapids Development Academy.
Personal: Born on January 26, 1999 in Denver, Colo...Son of Craig and Kelly...Has two brothers Collin and David...Chose DU because I thought it was the school that could offer me the best chance to succeed...Plans to major in marketing...Hopes to become a professional soccer player....Also recruited by Clemson, Santa Clara, Virginia, Cornell, Princeton and Dartmouth.
Jamie Franks on Heller: "Bailey's a winner. He's a captain. Being able to watch him the past couple of years grow into a more complete leader excites us. He has a defend first mentality, and he'll do whatever it takes to win the game. For us, that's an extremely important characteristic, and he'll be a future leader of our program."
Chris Martinez, Colorado Rapids DA, on Heller: "Bailey is an extremely reliable and rugged center back that truly wears his heart on his sleeve. He is a high character player that possesses natural leadership qualities."
Destan Norman - Fr. - Midfield - Fort Collins, Colo. Real Colorado
Before Denver: Played for Real Colorado Development Academy from 2014-17...Started 94% of games over the last three years for a club side that was ranked as high as No. 10 nationally in 2015...Invited to the U.S. Soccer Training Center in 2014 and to the Colorado Boys All-Star game in 2016...Two-time captain at Real Colorado...State Cup semifinalist in 2014 with Arsenal Colorado...Made the team as a freshman at Fort Collins High School, finishing as a Colorado State Semifinalist in 2013...Invited to Region IV Championships and Regional camps in 2012 and 2013...Made the 2013 Region IV ODP Team, playing at the Surf Cup in 2013...Played four years of youth lacrosse.
Personal: Born on December 5, 1998 in Fort Collins, Colo...Son of Orhan and Julie...Has one sister Sofya...Chose DU because he felt it fit his career goals and soccer aspirations...Plans to major in biology...Hopes to get into the medical field.
Jamie Franks on Norman: "Destan will do all the dirty work for everybody else. He's a mature young man in the sense of he understands who he is as a person, and what he wants out of the game. His daily commitment to his development as a player is second to none. For us, he's a guy that will come in and compete for a starting spot right away."
Danny Bills, Real Colorado, on Norman: "Destan has been a great captain for Real Colorado. He is a player that is constantly pushing himself and his teammates to improve on and off the field. We are proud to watch him play for DU."
Before Denver: Played 13 seasons for Real Colorado, earning State Cup MVP honors during his pre-collegiate career.
Personal: Born on August 5, 1998 in California...Son of Keith and Diane...Has one sibling, Tori...Chose DU because of its high standards for soccer players on and off the field to push athletes to not only be better players, but to also be better people...Plans to major in business...Hopes to become a professional soccer player....Also recruited by Oregon State, Michigan State, New Mexico State, Yale and Loyola.
Ryan Hopkins on Gray: "Kobe is a young goalkeeper that we've seen continue to develop in the recruiting process. He's got a great frame. He had the opportunity to play with the Switchbacks for a little bit, which I think was a great experience for him to be able to see that higher level of play and what it takes to get there. He was a basketball player for a little while, but has since committed himself to soccer and has seen his ability sky rocket since then."
Danny Bills, Real Colorado, on Gray: "Kobe has displayed an unbelievable loyalty to both his club and teammates. Every step of the way he took on all challenges emerging as an elite goalkeeper. On and off the field he will dedicate himself to continued success at DU."
Brooks Crawford - Fr. - Forward - Greenwood Village, Colo. Colorado Rapids Development Academy
Before Denver: Started for Kent Denver his freshman year of high school, before spending the last three seasons with the Colorado Rapids Development Academy...Led the Colorado Rapids DA in assists in both 2015 and 2016...Also played lacrosse at Kent Denver in the midfield.
Personal: Born on September 2, 1998 in Denver, Colo...Son of Michael and Carolyn...Has one sibling, Kendall...Chose DU because of its strong business program and a nationally ranked soccer program with incredible facilities...Plans to major in business...Hopes to graduate from the business school, while also completing his pre-law requirements....Also recruited by Wake Forest, Dartmouth and Brown.
Jamie Franks on Crawford: "Brooks is a great young man, and as a staff, we really fell in love with him during the recruiting process. He's a guy that can score goals, and fits our culture. He's a team first guy with a tremendous upside. Brooks has great feet and an ideal forward's frame. We look forward to challenging him to get better and better throughout his career at the University of Denver."
Chris Martinez, Colorado Rapids DA, on Crawford: "Brooks is a very versatile attacking player that can do damage from the flanks or when playing in central positions. He has a great engine, is a tremendous teammate and is a pleasure to coach."
Jared Jungjohann - Fr. - Defender - Highlands Ranch, Colo. Real Colorado
Before Denver: 2013 U-14 Colorado State Champions and 2014 NPL National Champions...2016 U.S. Development Academy Third Place National finish with Real Colorado, spending time at outside back and outside mid throughout his club career...Ran high school track and spent two years as a club swimmer.
Personal: Born on February 17, 1999 in Morristown, N.J...Son of Jim and Rebecca...Has one brother, Erik...Chose DU because the combination of a great soccer program and excellent academic programs...Plans to major in physics or business...Hopes to one day own his own business.
Jamie Franks on Jungjohann: "We think after having the opportunity to watch JJ over the past couple of years, his best days are still in-front of him. When you talk about his athleticism and his determination, those two things should provide a good base for him in his transition to the college game. We think he can cover an entire side of the field for us. JJ's pace and his 1v1 defending are his two best attributes, and we will look for him to build off those strengths and continue to improve in 2017."
Danny Bills, Real Colorado, on Jungjohann: "Jared has played his competitive years for Real Colorado and he has led by hard work and dedication for each team he has played on. He has a positive effect at every practice and game. We are excited to watch him play for DU."
Alex Kaddah - Fr. - Defender - Blue Springs, Mo. Sporting KC Development Academy
Before Denver: Played for the U.S. National Futsal team, traveling to Canada and Costa Rica, scoring six goals in six CAPS...Team captain as a defensive mid and centerback for the Sporting KC Academy.
Personal: Born on December 23, 1998 in Independence, Mo...Son of Sam and Kelli...Has one sibling, Tori...Chose DU because from the moment he stepped on campus he felt that this was the place for him...Plans to major in pre-med...Hopes to become a professional soccer player and medical doctor....Also recruited by Louisville, Air Force, Cal Poly and Marshall.
Jamie Franks on Kaddah: "Alex fits all the characteristics of what we want in our student-athletes. We think he's a soccer junky and a guy that has continually gotten better because ultimately, he's never satisfied with where he is at. His work rate and commitment will make a great addition to our family. As a player on the field, his ability to work in tight spaces and play in quick combinations speaks volumes to his ability to see the game."
Jon Parry, SKC Academy Director, on Kaddah: "AK epitomizes the culture and core values that we have set forth in the Sporting KC Academy. He is a team first player with a winning mentality. His intelligence on and off the field combined with his work-ethic will allow him to contribute to DU's high quality soccer program."
Graham Smith - Jr. - DM - Highlands Ranch, Colo. - Oregon State
Started all 18 matches in his defensive midfield role, playing 1595 minutes for the Beavers in 2015. As a freshman in 2014, Smith recorded three assists in his 20 starts for Oregon State, including assisting the game-winning goal as Oregon State topped Denver in the NCAA Tournament First Round. FULL BIO
Head Coach Jamie Franks on Graham Smith:I loved Graham coming out of high school and am not surprised he has found success in the collegiate game over the past two years. During the recruiting process, we were most attracted to Graham's character. He is an outstanding student and teammate that brings a physical dimension to the game with his ability to cover ground that allows him to be dominate in tackles and in the air. We will ask Graham to not only do the dirty work, but also connect the game for us. He possesses a great passing range and we will look for him to get on the ball and facilitate the game. We are excited to add Graham Smith to the family. He already knows many of the players on the team and believes the student-athlete experience here at the University of Denver will help him prepare for life after college. Graham welcomes the challenge of the high expectations and accountability associated with our program. He is an extremely competitive kid who will relish the opportunity to bring a National Championship to his hometown city.
Nick Marcin - LM - Austin, Texas - Lonestar SC
Before Denver: Has played eight seasons as a winger for the Lonestar Soccer Club...Currently holds the captain's armband for his club side. Also played a year of high school basketball.
Personal: Born on April 16, 1998 in Austin, Texas...Son of Tom and Elaine Marcin...Has one sister, Natalie...Chose DU because of its great mix of both soccer and academics, and his ability to compete at the highest level everyday while receiving a great education.
Bobby Murphy, Lonestar SC Academy Director on Marcin: "Nick is a great kid who will bring a lot to DU soccer. He has pace and power, and his character and work ethic make him a tremendous asset."
Head Coach Jamie Franks on Marcin: "Nick is a dynamic left sided winger with the ability to constantly win his 1v1 battle out-wide. We loved his confidence and resiliency to run at players. He has a very quick release on his shot, can deliver quality service and possesses good movement in the box. As Nick transitions into the college game, we will ask him to learn our press and work on both sides of the ball. His intelligence as an individual should allow him to adjust well to the collegiate game."
Will Palmquist - GK - Denver, Colo. - Colorado Rush
Before Denver: Played two seasons as a goalkeeper for the Colorado Rush U17 and U18 Development Academy...Also started as the Denver East goalie in his sophomore and junior seasons, earning First Team All-Colorado honors in 2014.
Personal: Born on December 3, 1997 in Denver, Colo.....Son of John and Elizabeth Palmquist...Has one brother, Andrew...Chose DU because the University's academic strength, and the school's network career opportunities both locally and nationally. Looking forward to the relationships among players and coaches that appealed to him when he visited the campus.
Mike Gabb, Colorado Rush Director of Goalkeeper on Palmquist: "Will is an outstanding shot stopping goalkeeper with very strong soccer acumen. His ability to organize his team and distribute the ball throughout the field accurately are key strengths to his game. Overall he has a very bright future in the collegiate game".
Assistant Coach Ryan Hopkins on Palmquist: "We actually spotted Will at one of our Denver ID Camps about a year ago and were very intrigued by him. He possessed a great demeanor that he coupled with some wonderful athletic tools. His ability to communicate effectively, start attacks from the back and shot stop are all qualities that the top-level modern day goalkeeper holds. As Will joins the program, we know that those qualities plus his work rate, passion and positive attitude will serve him as he develops into the rigors of the college game."
Dylan Keeney - D - Littleton, Colo. - Real Colorado Academy
Before Denver: In two seasons of high school soccer, accumulated six goals and eight assists from his outside back position...Continental League Player of the Year as a senior, and was a First Team All-Colorado selection...Helped his team to an 18-2-1 record in his two seasons with the program, and helped lead a backline that kept a 0.42 GAA in 2012 and a 0.80 mark in 2015...Also played for Real Colorado Academy.
Personal: Born on April 10, 1998 in Denver, Colo.....Son of Ronal and Maria Keeney...Has two siblings, Sean and Samantha...Chose DU because of the environment of the soccer program and the school's campus.
Adam Buseck, Heritage High School Head Coach, on Keeney: "Dylan's exceptional pace and quickness as well as his tactical understanding of the game will serve him well in college. In addition Dylan has tremendous character, is extremely hard working and understands what it means to be a good teammate. Dylan has been an outstanding student-athlete while at Heritage and we look forward to seeing him compete for the Pioneers."
Head Coach Jamie Franks on Keeney: "Dylan has a very dynamic first step that he utilizes both in attacking and defending situations. On the attacking side of the ball, his ability to run by players to deliver crosses or get to the end-line make him a constant threat. On the defending side of things, he can close up space very quickly and is difficult to get around. As he adjusts to the next level, his positioning will allow him to continue to utilize his quickness to his advantage."
Blake Moncur - M - Fort Collins, Colo. - Colorado Rapids Academy
Before Denver: Played three seasons at Arsenal Colorado (2010-12), before returning to the side in 2015...Earned MVP honors with Arsenal Colorado in 2011...Made frequent starts as a midfielder during his three seasons (2013-15) for the Colorado Rapids Development Academy at the U16 and U18 levels...Also played a year of high school soccer for Fort Collins High School, earning all-conference honors and academic all-state honors in 2015.
Personal: Born on May 31, 1998 in Fort Collins, Colo.....Son of Bryan and Dawn Moncour...Has one sister, Alyssa...Chose DU because of the quality of the program and his belief in the program's emphasis on culture.
Justin Stephens, Fort Collins High School Head Coach, on Moncur: "Blake is a tremendous talent. He pairs loads of pace and tireless work rate with another excellent knowledge for the game."
Head Coach Jamie Franks on Moncur: "Blake adds a variety of skill sets to our team, but his physical nature and ability to utilize his pace and power to his advantage separates him from others. He can play multiple positions and possesses the technique to add to the attack in all of them. Blake has a great passing range over distance, but also adds a unique ability to run at opponents in 1v1 situations. As he makes the transition into college, his increased awareness will help with his speed of play."
Tobi Jnohope - D - Largo, Fla. - Seattle Sounders Academy
Before Denver: Seattle Sounders Academy product...Two year defender for the state ODP Team, serving as captain, while also playing two seasons on the back line of the ODP Region Team...Also recruited by Louisville, Marquette, Villanova, Washington and Elon.
Personal: Born on October 4, 1997 in Largo, Fla....Son of Bob and Bukky Jnohope...Has no siblings...Chose DU because of its combination of great academics, the strong soccer program and the sense of family the program supports.
Dick Mccormick, Seattle Sounders Academy Director, on Jnohope: "Tobi has been a great addition to our squad this year. Tobi has a fantastic mix of athleticism and skill which makes him a player with a very bright future in the game."
Head Coach Jamie Franks on Jnohope: "Tobi brings a unique combination of athleticism and poise on the ball to his game. We will look for him to start our attack out of the back and facilitate rhythm for our team. He has all of the tools to be a very competitive defender at this level. Just like any freshman, he will need to learn the ins and outs of his position so that he can dominate opponents with his air game, tackling and matching up. The college game features physical forwards that Tobi should be able to deal with."