IU soccer adds Wake Forest transfer

Well, Todd Yeagley continues grabbing top talent out of the Indianapolis area. This time, it’s in the form of a Wake Forest transfer.

Who says IU can’t pluck the best kids out of Indy anymore?

From IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s soccer head coach Todd Yeagley announced today that forward/midfielder Chris Estridge (Indianapolis, Ind.) will join the Hoosier program this fall.

Estridge will enter IU as a junior after spending his first two seasons at Wake Forest University. The 2008 Brownsburg High School graduate played in 19 games for the Demon Deacons last fall, scoring a pair of goals against South Carolina and Duke. He also saw time in each of Wake Forest’s NCAA Tournament matches. As a freshman in 2008 he appeared in seven matches.

“We are excited to bring Chris back home to Indiana,” Yeagley said. “Chris is an very talented and versatile attacking player who we feel can have an immediate impact next fall.”

Estridge was the 2007 Indianapolis Star Player of the Year and a member of the Indianapolis Star Super Team. A four-time Indiana All-State team member, he helped lead Brownsburg to the Hendricks County Championship each of his four seasons and was the Hendricks County Player of the Year in 2007.

The addition of Estridge, brings the 2010 IU recruiting class to a total of 11 players. Estridge joins Kerel Bradford (Chandler, Ariz.), Ryan Bristol (Franklin, Tenn.), Jacob Bushue (Champaign, Ill.), Nikita Kotlov (Indianapolis, Ind.), Dylan Lax (Columbus, Ind.), Matt McKain (Columbus, Ind.), Ambry Moss (Nassau, Bahamas), Harrison Petts (Zionsville, Ind.), Taylor Reeves (Omaha, Neb.) and Blake Wise (Frisco, Texas).


  1. Does he have to sit out a year as a transfer? It sounds like he does not. This must mean that that rule only applies to revenue producing sports.

  2. Yes, he will have to sit out next season, but IU will have several impact players to fill the void in his stead.

  3. I’m pretty sure in college soccer if you transfer out of conference you don’t have to sit out a year.

  4. No doubt that Yeagley can recruit, but adding 11 new guys begs the question – what is coming up on the horizon? Does he expect changes in the roster? Or are some of the guys we’ve got just not as good as we’d like, or not putting out the effort?

  5. He does not have to sit out a year.

    Futbal, you raise a good point. But a majority of the kids coming in were recruited by Mike Freitag, so it’s not like this is Yeagley coming in and trying to sweep out the existing players (besides, he recruited most of them as an assistant.)

    Indiana probably had a decent amount of scholarship money come open (remember that soccer has the equivalent of 9.9 grants to split between players) with the departure of Ofori Sarkodie, Eric Alexander and Darren Yeagle.

    IU is now at 30 players, I think, which is a bit high. Competition during fall practice should be pretty interesting.

  6. Chris –

    True, most of these guys were Freitag recruits. We’re going to be a very young team for the next 2 years, but young and talented is better than other alternatives.

    A little soccer analysis for anyone who’s interested:

    We’re now carrying a 30-man roster this year, compared to 26, 31, and 26 the past 3 years respectively. We also lost a total of 13 players to gradation (8) and attrition (5) from 2008, compared to 7 last year and only 4 in 2007.

    Whatever happened in 2008 with personnel issues, it set the program back a few years and it seems this large incoming class is an effort to offset and reinforce our thinned roster.

  7. Who says IU can’t pluck the best kids out of Indy anymore?

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