ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University head men’s soccer coach Kevin Kalish has announced the Billikens' 2018 recruiting class. The 11-player class, which includes six incoming freshmen and five transfers, begin their eligibility in the fall.

The new players are:

Jack Bessey • So. • D • Algonquin, Ill. (Duquesne University | Sockers FC | Huntley HS)
Devin Boyce • Jr. • MF • St. Louis, Mo. (University of New Mexico | St. Louis Scott Gallagher | CBC)
John Klein • Fr. • MF • Columbia, Mo. (Portland Timbers U19 | Rock Bridge HS)
JP Koshakji • Fr. • MF/D • Dallas, Texas (Dallas Texans | Jesuit College Prep)
John Makowiecki • Fr. • D • Palentine, Ill. (Sockers FC | William Fremd HS)
Nick Mootz • Fr. • D • Chandler, Ariz. (U19 Barca Development Academy | Hamilton HS)
Chase Niece • Fr. D • St. Louis, Mo. (University of Tulsa | St. Louis Scott Gallagher | Kirkwood HS)
Youssef Ramadan • Fr. • MF • Huntley, Ill. (Sockers FC | Huntley HS)
Brandon Santel • So. • MF • St. Louis, Mo. (Lipscomb University | St. Louis Scott Gallagher | CBC)
Seth Stiebel • Fr. • GK • St. Louis, Mo. (Saint Louis FC | Fort Zumwalt West HS)
David Viox • Jr. • MF/D • St. Louis, Mo. (University of Tulsa | St. Louis Scott Gallagher | SLUH)

“We are truly excited about the incoming class of players who will be joining the program," Kalish said. "We believe we have identified specific individuals that fit the SLU soccer profile moving forward and will help in our mission of serving others in the community, excelling in the classroom and ultimately winning championships. Each one of these young men have tremendous character, a winning mentality, and value what it means to be a quality teammate. They will join an established core group of players that will help us create a competitive environment and give us multiple options to put the best 11 players on the field each and every game.

"I personally would like to thank Coach Robson, who played a prominent role in recruiting these student-athletes to SLU. He, along with Coach Grazier and Coach McGinty, had a good start with some top players already committed, and we were able to solidify the class throughout the spring, addressing positional needs in the short- and long-term. We know these players will represent the city of St. Louis and Saint Louis University with pride and will have outstanding careers as Billikens.”

Jack Bessey • So. • D • Cypress, Texas (Cypress Ranch HS | Texans SC Houston)

Transfer from Duquesne ... appeared in eight matches (seven starts) last year for the Dukes ... played club with Sockers FC in the US Soccer Development Academy and advanced to the Academy Playoffs three years in a row ... was ranked No. 15 in his region by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Kalish on Bessey: “Jack is a phenomenal leader and teammate who will compete for time at the center back position. Jack already has played meaningful minutes in college soccer and in the Atlantic 10 Conference and provides another layer of experience to our back line. He is an intelligent central defender who relies on his positioning, concentration and competitive mentality to excel. Jack played in the U.S. Development Academy for Sockers FC, coached by David Richardson."

Devin Boyce • Jr. • MF • St. Louis, Mo. (University of New Mexico | St. Louis Scott Gallagher | CBC)

Transfer from the University of New Mexico, where he appeared in 39 matches (24 starts) for the Lobos ... registered a team-high-tying five assists and added three goals last year ... scored two goals his freshman season at New Mexico ... currently playing for the Colorado Rapids in the Premier Developmental League ... played for St. Louis Scott Gallagher Academy, and also won a state championship in 2012 at CBC.

Kalish on Boyce: "Devin has the ability to be one of the premiere players in college soccer over the next two seasons. He possesses brilliant insight, game understanding and leadership abilities that can drive team success. Devin is a two-way player who can play a multitude of positions throughout the center of field. He has the ability to unlock defenses and score goals, while also demonstrating a tireless work rate and passion to win. Devin has matured incredibly as a person over his first two seasons in college soccer and is excited to come home and play in front of his family and friends in St. Louis."

John Klein • Fr. • MF • Columbia, Mo. (Portland Timbers U19 | Rock Bridge HS)

Has appeared in 31 games (29 starts) for his Portland Timbers U19 academy team and has tallied five goals ... was one of a select few players in the Timbers organization to sign a USL Academy contract with Timbers 2 (USL) ... prepped one season at Rock Bridge High School, where he was named the district's Player of the Year after scoring 15 goals and registering 16 assists ... family is part of the SLU soccer heritage – his grandfather, John, was a member of the Billikens' national championship teams in 1959 and 1960 ... his father, John, played at SLU from 1985-86 ... finally, his great uncle, Tom, played for the Billikens in 1961 and the national-championship season in 1962.

Kalish on Klein: “John not only is a quality player and person who fits the profile we covet, but he also bleeds Billiken blue. The SLU soccer legacy is in John’s family and we believe those connections to our program are vital when building a culture of sustainable excellence. John is an honest, hardworking midfielder who excels in-between the lines. John’s technique, decision-making, ball retention skills and ability to create chances are going to be valuable to the team for many years to come."

JP Koshakji • Fr. • MF/D • Dallas, Texas (Dallas Texans | Jesuit College Prep)

Four-year letter winner at Dallas' Jesuit College Prep ... played on the Rangers' state championship team his junior season ... first-team All-District selection as a senior ... played club for the Dallas Texans academy team.

Kalish on Koshakji: “JP is another player who can play multiple positions on the field and has been raised in a soccer culture. He comes to us from Dallas, Texas, where he has been fortunate to be coached by some of the best coaches in youth soccer. Our core beliefs of serving others, our Jesuit values and the first-class education students receive at Saint Louis University are aligned with his personal goals. We look forward to integrating his infectious energy and work ethic into the team."

John Makowiecki • Fr. • D • Palentine, Ill. (Sockers FC | William Fremd HS)

Has appeared in 18 matches for the Mid-American Conference leaders, Sockers FC, a U.S. Soccer Development Academy squad ... was a member of the Sockers FC NPL national championship team ... is a Sockers FC teammate with fellow Billiken signee Youssef Ramadan.

Kalish on Makowiecki: "John an extremely quick, athletic right back that has the ability to get forward, penetrate the opponent’s defense and deliver quality service. We value his gritty style of play, no-nonsense personality and competitive mentality. His physical attributes will allow him to be a dominating 1v1 defender as he grows with maturity over his career. John is a player who is an ideal teammate who hails from the Chicagoland area, playing for Sockers FC."

Nick Mootz • Fr. • D • Chandler, Ariz. (Barca Academy | Hamilton HS)

Played three years of prep soccer at Hamilton High School before joining Barca's U19 team for his senior year in the Development Academy ... at Hamilton, was a two-time All-State selection and helped the Huskies to the 2016 state championship by scoring the game-winning goal in the title match ... also played club for Arizona Arsenal ... will graduate from Hamilton as a Distinguished Scholar and an AP Scholar.

Kalish on Mootz: "Nick comes to Saint Louis from Barca Academy in Case Grande, Arizona, where he has developed under the guidance of Academy Director, Sean McCafferty. Nick is a reliable defender who excels in box defending, while also being able to build the game from his center back position. Nick has a tremendous attitude and work rate that will allow him to fit in perfectly with our team."

Chase Niece • Fr. D • St. Louis, Mo. (University of Tulsa | St. Louis Scott Gallagher | Kirkwood HS)

Transfer from the University of Tulsa, where he had a redshirt season in 2017 ... played at St. Louis Scott Gallagher in the U.S. Development Academy and appeared in more than 80 matches during his four-year academy career ... scored six goals from his defensive position with SLSG ... was a Top 150 recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com out of high school.

Kalish on Niece: "Chase is a powerful, intelligent central defender who is strong in aerial challenges. His professional mentality, range of passing and general understanding of our game model will allow him to compete for minutes immediately at the center of the back. He will be another outstanding addition to our culture, as he is a very good teammate and represents the values of the program in his daily life. Chase comes back home to St. Louis, where he played for St. Louis Scott Gallagher in the U.S Development Academy during his high school years." 

Youssef Ramadan • Fr. • MF • Huntley, Ill. (Sockers FC | Huntley HS)

Has started all 19 games for his Sockers FC side in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy ... Sockers FC is currently ranked 13th in the country ... has scored two goals ... is a Sockers FC teammate with fellow Billiken signee John Makowiecki.

Kalish on Ramadan: “Youssef is another player who fits the mold of what we value at SLU: hard working, high character, a trusted teammate, accountable, and an overall talented soccer player. He is a ball-winning center midfielder with an excellent range of passing. Youssef comes from Sockers FC, where he has been coached and trained by Bret Hall, Ahmed Gad, Tony Kees and David Richardson. We expect Youssef to play a big role in our future success throughout his career."

Brandon Santel • So. • MF • St. Louis, Mo. (Lipscomb University | St. Louis Scott Gallagher | CBC)

Transfer from Lipscomb University ... enrolled at Saint Louis University in the spring semester and participated in the Billikens' spring campaign ... currently playing for the Colorado Rapids in the Premier Developmental League ... at Lipscomb, appeared in 10 matches his freshman campaign and recorded one assist ... played for St. Louis Scott Gallagher Development Academy team and prepped at CBC ... is the son of Billiken Hall of Famer and former assistant coach Mark Santel, who played at SLU from 1986-90 before a career in MLS and as a member of the U.S. National Team.

Kalish on Santel: “Brandon is a trusted player who can play a number of different roles on the field. He is another player who understands the tradition of SLU Soccer and the expectations that are expected of the program. Brandon’s father, Mark, was one of the best players ever to wear the uniform and his uncle, Chris, was an invaluable member of some of our most successful Billiken teams in our history. Brandon possesses outstanding tactical acumen and is the epitome of what we look for in a teammate. He has extraordinary moral fiber and will be an example for how we want to conduct ourselves on and off the field."

Seth Stiebel • Fr. • GK • St. Louis, Mo. (Saint Louis FC | Fort Zumwalt West HS)

Named to U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team in May for a 12-day training camp, concluding with two matches in Honduras ... previously, was called to the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team ... plays club for Saint Louis FC, led by STLFC Academy Director, Blake Decker ... signed a USL Academy contract for the 2018 season with Saint Louis FC, where he has been rostered for the majority of games.

Kalish on Stiebel: “Seth is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the country for his age group. He has a tremendous physical profile and his distribution skills will allow us to efficiently get to half field and establish control of games. Seth's recent experiences with the U-20 National Team and being involved with the first team at Saint Louis FC will help better prepare him for college soccer. He is another goalkeeper who has been trained under Tim Kelly’s tutelage who has the ability to have a long career in the game."

David Viox • Jr. • MF/D • St. Louis, Mo. (University of Tulsa | St. Louis Scott Gallagher | SLUH)

Transfer from the University of Tulsa ... appeared in 21 matches (six starts) during his stint with the Golden Hurricane ... played at St. Louis Scott Gallagher, where he captained the U18 Development Academy team ... CollegeSoccerNews.com top 100 recruit as a senior in high school.

Kalish on Viox: “We expect David to have an immediate impact on our team, as he is another player with collegiate experience under his belt. He is a player with splendid technique who can play a number of different roles for the team depending on the shape of the team on the day. David has an admirable athletic profile that allows him to cover ground, press and win tackles. We are happy to have David back home in St. Louis to finish his remaining two years of college and help us win championships."