- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 29, 2011
- 1 Comments
- 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Features, Kelyn Rowe
The 2012 Generation adidas class is a little more than half way there. Before Christmas we had Darren Mattocks (Akron), Chandler Hoffman (UCLA), Andrew Wenger (Duke) and Sam Garza (UCSB) sign their GA deals with the league. It appears one more can be added to that list in the form of UCLA midfielder Kelyn Rowe.
Early this morning one of my sources confirmed that Rowe is signing his GA deal with the league and that it should be announced at some point this week. (There could also be two other signings this week as well to round out the GA class and we should also see some of the top seniors sign with the league here soon too before the combine.)
Rowe was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and helped lead UCLA to the College Cup semifinal. He is a skilled attacking midfielder who just recently took part in the U.S. Under-23 national team camp in Florida. Rowe has been projected to be a high draft pick since the start of the season in my book.
Adding Rowe to the mix only helps this draft. The thought of him, Mattocks and UNC’s Billy Schuler all going to Europe was really going to hurt this draft. Only Schuler is left on the not-signed list for MLS.
In my first mock draft I had Rowe is projected to be a top five pick, going to Toronto FC at number four. (Note: my next mock draft should come either later this week or first thing after the New Year!)