Bearcats Announce Four-Member 2012 Recruiting Class

Feb. 2, 2012

VIDEO: Coach Dayes on 2012 Recruiting Class

CINCINNATI– University of Cincinnati men’s soccer head coach Hylton Dayes announced a four-member recruiting class on Wednesday (Feb. 1). The four student-athletes will join the Bearcats for the 2012 season.

John Manga (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay), Jacob Martinez (Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty), Gabriel Robinson (Easton, Pa./LaSalle), and Evan Talkers (Villa Hills, Ky./Covington Catholic) are the newest Bearcats and will join a young squad that started five true freshmen last season.

The Bearcats are coming off a 6-11-1 campaign in 2011, which ended with a 1-0 win against No. 11 St. John’s in Gettler Stadium. Four Bearcats were named to the Top 100 Freshman list, including BIG EAST all-Freshman selection Cole DeNormandie, who was No. 14 on the list.

UC’s 2012 signees:

John Manga

John Manga
F | 6-2 | 195 | Fr. | Lexington, Ky. | Henry Clay
High School:Three-time first-team all-state selection … 2011 Kentucky High School Soccer Coaches Association Mr. Soccer … 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America all-American … state champion in 2010 at Henry Clay High School … scored 40 goals with 13 assists as a senior.

Club:Played for Javanon SC … member of Region II Olympic Development Program team.

Personal:Born on April 15, 1994 … son of Jonathan Lumumba and Christine Yohali … native of Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jacob Martinez

Jacob Martinez
MF | 5-7 | 140 | Fr. | Colorado Springs, Colo. | Liberty
High School:An ESPN High School all-American … ranked No. 8 player in Colorado by … first-team all-state selection in 2010 … three-time all-Colorado Springs Class 5A Metro first-team choice.

Club:Member of the US Soccer Development Academy with Real Colorado … member of Olympic Development Program Region IV Interregional Championship squad … member of ODP Region IV travel team which trained and competed in Argentina in 2009 … member of US Youth Soccer National Champion semi-finalist squad in 2008.

Personal:Born on Sept. 3, 1993 … son of Bill Martinez and Suzanne Sylvia.

Gabriel Robinson

Gabriel Robinson
D | 5-9 | 170 | Fr. | Easton, Pa. | LaSalle
High School:Two time all-state selection … named 2011 Player of the Year by the Lehigh Morning Call and Lehigh Valley Express Times … three-time league all-star … third-team all-catholic team as a freshman.

Club:Currently playing with New York Red Bulls US Soccer Development Academy … won a pair of state championships with Philadelphia Soccer Club … four-year member of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program … ODP Region I captain for U14 and U16 squads.

Personal:Born on Aug. 3, 1994 … son of John Robinson.

Evan Talkers

Evan Talkers
F | 6-2 | 185 | Fr. | Villa Hills, Ky. | Covington Catholic
High School:Set Covington Catholic High School record with 55 career goals … scored 23 goals with 10 assists as a senior … two-time first-team all-state selection … three-time Cincinnati Enquirer first-team all-star … two-time all-Northern Kentucky first-team choice … ESPN Rise Magazine Breakout Performance Award winner in 2009 … three-time academic all-state honoree … three-year letterman in football … Cincinnati Enquirer first-team all-star as a kicker.

Club:Member of Cincinnati United Premier … finalist at ESPN Wide World of Sports Showcase in 2011.

Personal: Born on March 19, 1994 … son of former Bearcat soccer letterman Jeff and Annie Talkers.