Friday, December 31, 2010
What makes Akron so attractive
National Champion Caleb Porter on why top prospects chose to attend Akron-
"There are a lot of reasons for kids to come to Akron. Our soccer program speaks for itself. We have the No. 1 winning percentage in the last five years and have been ranked in the top five the entire last three seasons. Certainly the last two seasons, if you ask anyone in college soccer circles, they would tell you we have been the best team in the country, hands down. So why would kids not want to come be a part of the best program in the country and have the realistic opportunity to win a national championship? In addition to that, we are proving that we can develop players as well or better than anyone. If you look at our track record of players moving on and being successful at the next level, that is very attractive to the top talent, who inevitably all want to be professional players one day. That is every kid’s dream: to play professional soccer. For the top kids, this is a very important factor. One of our biggest selling points is the style we play. This style is very unique and a big reason we develop players. There are very few programs if any in college soccer that play the way we play. This is something we’ve really branded Akron soccer on. When kids are looking at programs, they know that Akron soccer plays attractive, attacking soccer and that we develop players. This puts us in a category of our own. In addition to the soccer, our program has developed quite a reputation for having a very special culture of excellence. We’ve created an environment of success on and off the field that is second to none. Our players are developed into high achievers in all aspects of what they do. In the classroom, we had the eighth-highest GPA in the country with a 3.37 GPA last semester. We had 16 players make the dean’s list this semester. We have really good kids that are focused on school and soccer, and they know they will be joining a family with great role models that will shape their lives. Our mission is to “build champions and pursue championships,” and we feel like we’ve proven if you come to Akron, you will become a champion on the field, off the field and as a person. While in the process our players will compete and win [Mid-American Conference] and hopefully national championships during their time in the program. What more would you want??!!!!"
Posted by Mike Jacobs at 8:50 AM