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PROVO, Utah – Volleyball Magazine has released its final rankings for the 2017 recruiting classes this week and BYU men’s volleyball came in at No. 4 in the nation.
"We are excited about the addition of this specific recruiting class," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead, "Each athlete brings a wealth of experience and maturity to our program."
BYU’s 2017 recruiting class includes four 2017 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 members: Gabriel Garcia, Garrett Halsey, Zach Hendrickson and Charles Siragusa. It also includes a 2015 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 member in returned missionary Branden Oberender.
Also joining the class are James Reed, Cyrus Fa’alogo and Felipe De Brito Ferreira. De Brito Ferreira (Brazil) joins Garcia (Puerto Rico) as the two new international players on the roster next season. Fa’alogo is the lone transfer on the list – coming from Long Beach City College.
Fellow Mountain Pacific Sports Federation squads UCLA, Stanford and USC fill out the first three spots, respectively.
The 2017 VolleyballMag.com rankings are based on voting done by a panel of NCAA Division I-II men’s coaches and take into consideration international signees and transfers.
See the complete list at Volleyball Magazine’s site.
From Volleyball Magazine
No. 4 BYU
Incoming players: Cyrus Fa’alogo (6-4, S-OH, Copper Hils (West Jordan, Utah), Long Beach CC); Felipe De Brito Ferreira (6-9, MB, Colegio Regina Mundi, Brazil); Gabriel Garcia (6-5, RS, St. Francis School (Carolina, Puerto Rico), Borinquen Coqui); Garrett Halsey (6-5, RS-OH, Servite (Anaheim, Calif.), Balboa Bay VBC); Zach Hendrickson (6-0, libero, Saint Xavier (Louisville, Ky.), Louisville Fury); Branden Oberender (6-7, MB, Royal (Simi Valley, Calif.), Bones VBC); James Reed (6-4, RS-OH, Green Valley (Henderson, Nev.), Vegas United); Charles Siragusa (6-8, RS-OH, McQuaid Jesuit (Rochester, N.Y.), 949 VBC)
Analysis: The Cougars’ class features a mix of international players, highly touted juniors players and a transfer. Fa’alogo transferred in from Long Beach City College (where he was an all-CCAA state-championship tournament selection this spring) and will be a sophomore. He also is a former USA boys’ youth national team member. De Brito Ferreira has experience with the U19 Brazil national team, while Garcia, once headed to Cal Baptist before it shuttered its men’s program, received numerous votes from VBM’s Boys Fab 50 panel for being one of the top five recruits in the class of 2017. For more on Garcia, click here. Siragusa, out of the strong McQuaid Jesuit prep program in Rochester, N.Y., was a 2017 VBM Boys Fab 50 selection. Reed racked up impressive kill numbers for Green Valley High in Nevada.