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TAMPA, Fla. – The college season is just around the corner, and many of the best from the 2016 PDL season will be in action this fall.
The University of Akron’s Adam Najem, the University of Buffalo’s Russell Cicerone, Southern Methodist University’s Mauro Cichero, Syracuse University’s Sergio Camargo and Wake Forest University’s Jon Bakero are among the PDL players to keep an eye on this upcoming college campaign.
Approximately 1,500 active college players registered to compete in the 2016 PDL regular season, and the league has highlighted 80 to keep track of this year. Five players will compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), while 12 talents will participate in Division II of the NCAA.
The majority of the players to watch compete in Division I of the NCAA. Eleven players will compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference this fall, including the University of Louisville’s Tate Schmitt and the University of Virginia’s Jeff Caldwell. Georgetown University and Pfeiffer University each have four players named to the list.
The PDL Players to Watch list includes players named to and considered for the six 2016 PDL Top Prospects lists throughout the summer. More than 20 scouts across North America provided the PDL with valuable insight on players who were performing at the highest level within the league, possessed strong technical and tactical qualities and had the potential to play at the professional level. The Top Prospects list serves as a useful resource for professional clubs who are interested in identifying and scouting high-level performers.
University of Louisville
Wake Forest University
University of Virginia
UNC Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
Michigan State University
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Penn State University
University of California, Berkeley
Oregon State University
University of New Mexico
Florida International University
University of South Carolina
University of Kentucky
Central Atlantic Conference
Pacific West Conference
Peach Belt Conference
Sunshine State Conference