March 1, 2013

Butler Signs Three Men’s Soccer Recruits

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler men's soccer coach Paul Snape wrapped up his 2013 recruiting class with the signing of three incoming freshmen.

Comprising Butler's incoming class of players are Tanner Whitsken of Carmel, Ind./Carmel High School, Charlie Constantino of Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood High School, and Eric Dick of Carmel, Ind./Carmel High School.

Butler's 2013 Recruits
Tanner Witsken (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel High School)
Witsken is tough, athletic and intelligent defender with special leadership qualities. Tanner graduated High School this past December and is currently enrolled at Butler, as well as participating in the Men's Soccer Spring Season. Tanner was a 4 year scholar athlete at Carmel High School and ranked #20 on the list of 2013 recruits for the Great Lakes Region by TopDrawerSoccer. He was a 3 year member of the Indiana Fire Academy in the Development Academy League and a 2 time Captain.

Why Tanner chose Butler … "I decided that Butler was the right place for me to play and study based on their excellent academic and athletic programs. The personalities and goals of the players and coaches were a perfect match with my own."

Coach Snape on Tanner … "Tanner has the ability, athleticism, and character to become a very good Division I over these next four years. He is a natural born leader and always puts the welfare of his teammates above his own. He relishes the physical side of the game, and his brave as defenders come. He possesses a lot of soccer intelligence, especially when it comes to his defensive positioning and reading of the game. We are delighted that Tanner chose to attend Butler University, we knew there were a lot of other top Division I schools after his services."

Charlie Constantino (Kentwood, Mich. / East Kentwood High School)
Constantino is dynamic attacking player with the ability to both create and score goals. Charlie is member of the National Honor Society and the committee head for his HS Student Council. A captain of his Grand Rapids Crew Juniors team, Charlie finished runner up for the 2012 Mr. Soccer in the state of Michigan. He was a 4 year member of the Varsity team at East Kentwood and the captain this past fall. Following a standout senior year, Charlie was named to the 2012 Michigan Dream team and named an NSCAA All American. With that came a chance to play in the All American game, where he scored the game winning goal.

Why Charlie chose Butler … "The reason I chose Butler is because of the variety of unique opportunities the campus provides. A huge part of my decision was how much I enjoyed the players both on and off the field."

Coach Snape on Charlie … "Charlie is one of the best players to come out of the state of Michigan in 2013. He is a gifted soccer player who possesses excellent technique, an assortment of short and long range passing skills, and the unique ability to score long range goals. He comes across as a quiet unassuming young fellow, but once he steps onto the field he is fierce competitor who gives his absolute best for the team. Charlie is a hard working lad with strong moral values, which leads me to believe that he is a perfect fit for the Butler Men's Soccer Program!"

Eric Dick (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel High School)
Dick is a physically imposing Goalkeeper with uncanny athleticism for his size. Eric is a current member of Indiana Fire Academy in the Development Academy League. In High School Eric is a 3-time Scholar Athlete Award recipient, member of the National Honor Society and Student Government class representative. On the field at Carmel High School, he was a 2-time All District and All County Player. In 2011 Eric was named to the Indianapolis Star Super Team and was the County Player of the Year.

Why Eric chose Butler … "I chose to attend Butler University because I saw it as an ideal place where I can develop academically, athletically and as an individual. Academics are extremely important to me and I knew Butler would provide me with an outstanding education. In addition I know the coaches and program will provide me the best opportunity for me to develop as a goalkeeper, and reach my goals of playing in the future."

Coach Snape on Eric … "Eric came on the recruiting scene pretty late in the process, but fortunately we saw him perform at the right time. He is big lad with an enormous wingspan, which comes he uses to his full advantage when coming for crosses. He is an excellent shot stopper and is footwork is improving each week.  His work ethic and desire to succeed is second to none. He understands that he has a lot to learn about the position but he has already set his sights on becoming one of the best goalkeepers in the country over these next four years. He is very humble young man who always acts with integrity and respect. He is going to help push the other two goalkeepers on the team, and I fully expect our goalkeeping group to be one of the best around!"