IU soccer nabs No. 2 recruit

Multiple media outlets, including TopDrawerSoccer.com and ESPN.com, have reported that Andrew Oliver, the second-ranked player in the 2012 recruiting class, has verbally committed to play his college soccer for coach Todd Yeagley at Indiana.

Oliver has spent the past two years at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., as a member of the U.S. Soccer residency program, but will be returning to his home town of Indianapolis following this summer’s U-17 World Cup in Mexico. He will attend Southport High School, and if he chooses to play high school soccer, would play against Bloomington North and Bloomington South in Conference Indiana games.

Recently, Oliver led the U.S. U-17 team to the CONCACAF Tournament championship in Jamaica, scoring four goals and picking up an extra time red card after the title game against Canada had been decided that will force him to sit out the World Cup opener.

His Westside FC club coach, Josh George believes the 5-foot-9 forward will be a proficient scorer.

“I think technically he’s still developing quite a bit,” George told ESPN.com’s Brent Latham. “I think he’s gonna be a big time goal scorer, I think he has the potential to be a bigger goal scorer than even Landon (Donovan) is for the U.S. He’s not the biggest guy but he’s got an edge to his game, he doesn’t back down from anybody.”

Latham has an entire story comparing Oliver to Donovan, but you have to be an ESPN Insider to read it. Read a broader overview of the story here.

Oliver could still wind up with an MLS Generation Adidas contract next winter, especially if he plays well in the U-17 World Cup, and never make it to IU. But he told TopDrawerSoccer.com that playing collegiately close to home was a big attraction.

“I just thought being close to home was a big plus,” Oliver said. “And Indiana definitely has lots of young talent coming up that’s looking really good for the program. It was the right fit for me.”

2 comments

  1. Sounds like a great recruit, the #9 Indiana will need. Considering his ability to work the ball in small spaces and his finishing touch he could add great skill to get behind the defense, a very scarce quality in NCAA soccer.

    He should definitely play in college and avoid the MLS Generation Adidas ‘minor league’. He’ll learn much more from traveling with national teams and playing against good European and South American teams, have a great college experience, get a great education at Indiana and increase his value to professional teams from the better foreign leagues (Spain, England, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Brazil, Argentina …with stronger teaching/coaching than the MLS.

    Oliver will learn a lot in his participation in the U-17 World Cup in Mexico City. I’ve also heard that Chile’s former head coach Marcelo Bielsa- one of the best teaching coaches ever in South America- is close to coming to the US and would be put in charge of the the younger national training/education programs.

    Todd Yeagley is doing a phenomenal job recruiting top talent.

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