ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico men’s soccer program is just weeks away from its appearance in the 2013 NCAA College Cup, and Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein has announced the signing of eight high school student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Three local signees from Albuquerque will join players from Texas, Arizona and California in the Lobos’ 2014 recruiting class.
“We are very excited to welcome this incoming group of student-athletes into the Lobo Soccer program. Associate Head Coach Paul Souders and former assistant coach Brandon Moss put in countless hours ensuring we brought in high-caliber young men who excel athletically and academically,” said Fishbein. “Each one of these eight signees will be outstanding students who excel on the playing field and who will contribute to our community.”
Gabriel Camera (Sugar Land, Texas), Matthew Dorsey (Spring, Texas), Sam Gleadle (Scottsdale, Arizona), David Gros (Albuquerque, N.M.), Justin Hix (Albuquerque, N.M.), Patrick Khouri (Frisco, Texas), Wayde Scibilia (Escondido, Calif.) and CJ Slough (Albuquerque, N.M.) will all join the New Mexico Lobos for the Fall 2014 semester.
Four of the eight members of this year’s class will come to the Lobos from Major League Soccer (MLS) Academy teams; the Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake. This year’s recruiting class also includes a pair of players rated in TopDrawerSoccer’s Top 150 national rankings.
The local high school trio of Justin Hix (Eldorado), CJ Slough (Volcano Vista) and David Gros (St. Pius X) will enroll at UNM after playing together for a decade with Rio Vista FC in Albuquerque. The trio’s high school teams have been frequent participants in recent NMAA state championship games. Hix is the first-ever second generation member of the Lobo Soccer program. His father, Jason, played for UNM from 1992-94.
Another prep standout of the class is Wayde Scibilia from Southern California. Scibilia helped San Pasqual High School in Escondido to a pair of CIF championships and three league titles. As a captain last fall, he helped guide the Golden Eagles to an impressive mark of 20-2-1.
Houston Dynamo Academy products Matthew Dorsey and Gabriel Camera are coming off a national runner-up finish in the 2013 summer USSF Academy playoffs. Dorsey is the 53rd rated player in TopDrawerSoccer’s Top 150 of the 2014 recruiting class.
Sam Gleadle is the latest product of the Real Salt Lake Academy system to come to New Mexico, joining 2013 signees Lucas Seligman and Josh Goss. Originally a native of England, Gleadle is a golden boot award winner for Campo Verde High School with over 50 goals scored in his first two seasons.
Patrick Khouri wraps up the eight-member signing class. Khouri will arrive in Albuquerque after spending time with the FC Dallas Academy. Khouri has played for the United States U-15 national team as well as living and training in England and Spain. He is the 66th rated player in TopDrawerSoccer’s national rankings of the 2014 recruiting class.
The returning Lobos have begun their offseason strength and conditioning program in preparations for a full slate of spring exhibitions. They will be joined by the eight incoming freshmen this summer.
(Scroll below for a breakdown of each of the eight signees)
Gabriel Camera – 5-foot-7-inch – Midfielder – Sugar Land, Texas – Elkins High School
(Houston Dynamo Academy)
Camera becomes the first member of the Lobo Soccer program from Venezuela. The midfielder has extensive experience in the Houston Dynamo’s Development Academy going back to his time as a member of their U-14 team. He is a third generation soccer player in his family who carries a 3.89 grade point average. Camera fits into the program’s philosophy with his quality on the ball and high-level decision making in the midfield.
Coach Fishbein on Camera: “Gabriel really came to our attention last summer at the academy playoffs in Dallas with his Houston Dynamo Academy team. He’s a very technical player with an insatiable passion for the game. He has a mature soccer mind and will elevate the quality of play in every training session. Gabriel has had diverse playing experiences in both the United States and in Venezuela.”
Matthew Dorsey – 6-foot-3-inch – Defender – Spring, Texas – Klein Collins High School
(Houston Dynamo Academy)
Dorsey will join the Lobos with high-level experience in the backline and center midfield. He was rated as the 53rd overall prospect in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com and a top five recruit for the entire state of Texas. As a captain of his Houston Dynamo Academy team, Dorsey helped lead the Dynamo U-16’s to deep runs in the USSF Development Academy national playoffs. Dorsey chose UNM because of the tremendous home environment at the UNM Soccer Complex and the winning tradition of Lobo Soccer.
Coach Fishbein on Dorsey: “With a lot of high-level soccer experience already under his belt, Matthew will join us with extensive time in a professional atmosphere. He has proven to be a driven leader with a tremendous amount of focus in his capacity as captain with the Houston Dynamo Academy. He will come to us as a natural leader that commands respect from everyone on the field.”
Sam Gleadle – 5-foot-10-inch – Midfielder – Scottsdale, Ariz. – Campo Verde High School
(Real Salt Lake Academy)
Originally from England, Gleadle will bring dynamic attacking qualities to the Lobos. He was an All-State, All-Region and All-Conference player at Campo Verde High. Gleadle was a golden boot award winner as he accumulated over 50 goals in his first two high school seasons in Arizona. He joined the Real Salt Lake U-18 Academy team this past summer. His upbeat style is only surpassed by his upbeat personality.
Coach Fishbein on Gleadle: “First and foremost, Sam is a dynamic attacking player who has a knack for scoring goals. Sam has the ability to find the back of the net as well as create scoring chances for his teammates. He has a tremendous personality in addition to being a soccer junkie who eats, sleeps and breathes the game. Sam has really found his form as of late with RSL’s Academy team.”
David Gros – 5-foot-9-inch – Midfielder – Albuquerque, N.M. – St. Pius X High School
Native New Mexican David Gros was a second team All-State selection after earning District Player of the Year honors for the Spartans. Gros has shown a high level of versatility and talent during his prep career. He was also a member of the Academic Honor Roll at St. Pius X High. The midfielder tallied 19 goals and 14 assists in his final two years of his high school career. Gros committed to UNM due in part to the program’s level of play and team chemistry.
Coach Fishbein on Gros: “David is a guy we have had our eye on for a number of years here in New Mexico. He really impressed us last summer at our Elite Camp. He’s a very crafty and technically-gifted player who can play any attacking position. David is athletic, tough and creative on the ball, which fits our program’s personality.”
Justin Hix – 5-foot-10-inch – Midfielder – Albuquerque, N.M. – Eldorado High School
Hix is the son of former Lobo standout Jason Hix (1992-94) who still ranks in the top five in program history in assists. By joining the Lobos next season, Hix becomes the first second-generation member of the Lobo Soccer program. The younger Hix is a two-time All-State and All-Metro selection for the Eldorado Eagles and helped Eldorado capture the 5A state championship in 2011. The Eagles advanced to the championship again in 2012.
Coach Fishbein on Hix: “Obviously Justin comes from a great soccer family as the son of a former Lobo standout. Justin has developed into an excellent student, role model and soccer player. He is a leader and a warrior with all the intangibles you want in a young man. Justin’s competitive nature and tenacity will make it very difficult to keep him off the field.
Patrick Khouri – 5-foot-11-inch – Midfielder – Frisco, Texas – Bishop England High School
(FC Dallas Academy)
With MLS Academy and United States U-15 national team experience, Patrick Khouri brings an extensive pedigree to New Mexico Lobo Soccer. He was rated as the 66th best prospect in the nation for the 2014 recruiting class and a top ten player in the state of Texas by TopDrawerSoccer.com. While his work on American soil is impressive, the defender has also traveled and trained in England and Spain. Khouri’s prep career began with a record-breaking freshman campaign of six goals and eleven assists in his native South Carolina.
Coach Fishbein on Khouri: “Patrick is a very special player that I am excited to coach next season. He’s played soccer and trained at the highest levels in both the United States and Europe. He is a very mature and tempered player whose challenge is to make an immediate impact on the field. Patrick comes from a great soccer-rich family.”
Wayde Scibilia – 6-foot-4-inch – Midfielder – Escondido, Calif. – San Pasqual High School
Southern California native Wayde Scibilia is a dynamic recruit who initially flew under the recruiting radar prior to exposure to the Lobo staff. Scibilia has the rare blend of size, great feet and athleticism, which can lead to a special career as a Lobo. His decorated prep career has included numerous individual honors as he has helped propel San Pasqual High to three league titles and two CIF championships. As the Fighting Eagles’ captain and leading scorer, Scibilia earned Player of the Week honors from the San Diego Union-Tribune in January of this year after a pair of hat tricks in the SoCal Classic’s Showcase.
Coach Fishbein on Scibilia: “Wayde caught our attention after sending us one of the most impressive recruiting videos our coaching staff has ever seen. After watching him play in person and meeting his family, we couldn’t be more excited to have him join our program. His older brother was an established Division I college soccer player as well, and Wayde knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level. We are confident that Wayde has the tools, desire and work ethic to be a standout player here at the University of New Mexico.”
CJ Slough – 5-foot-9-inch – Defender – Albuquerque, N.M. – Volcano Vista High School
The two-time District Player of the Year will join the Lobos after a standout prep career in Albuquerque. Slough was a first team All-State and All-Metro player for the Hawks while becoming the school’s all-time leading goal scorer. He’s shown the athleticism and technical ability to compete against anyone in the nation and will quickly adapt to the pace of Division I soccer. He helped guide Volcano Vista to the 2013 5A state championship game as a senior. Slough was coached at Volcano Vista by former Lobo Billy Thiebaut who played at UNM from 1991-94.
Coach Fishbein on Slough: “CJ is a natural lefty who can play anywhere on the flanks. He’s shown a nice mixture of athleticism and toughness, which really represents the character of Lobo Soccer. He’s a dedicated and disciplined student who will excel in all facets of university life. CJ will quickly adapt to our style of play and will rapidly develop into an excellent player for us.