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PDL Players to Watch During 2016 College Campaign

08/18/2016, 3:00pm EDT

80 players to track, including Bucks’ Adam Najem and FC Tucson’s Jon Bakero

Photo by Akron Zips

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.

NCAA Division I

Syracuse University

University of Louisville

Wake Forest University

University of Virginia

UNC Chapel Hill

University of Notre Dame

Georgetown University

Butler University

Creighton University

Michigan State University

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Penn State University

Rutgers University


University of California, Berkeley

Stanford University

Oregon State University


Southern Methodist University

University of Dayton

Virginia Commonwealth University

Florida Gulf Coast University

Northeastern University

University of Delaware

Hofstra University

UNC Wilmington

University of New Mexico

Florida International University

UNC Charlotte

University of South Carolina

University of Kentucky

Valparaiso University

Wright State University

Quinnipiac University

University of Akron

University of Buffalo

Loyola University Chicago

Saint Francis University

Omaha University


Seattle University

University of Portland

NCAA Division II

Central Atlantic Conference

Conference Carolinas

Heartland Conference

  • St. Edwards University

Pacific West Conference

  • Hawaii Pacific University

Peach Belt Conference

Sunshine State Conference

  • Palm Beach Atlantic University


Heart of America

  • Missouri Valley University


  • University of Rio Grande
  • Lindsey Wilson College

Midlands Collegiate

  • Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  • Grand View University
    • Samuel Blackman – Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors – Midfielder

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