WVU Men's Soccer Inks Three

West Virginia University men's soccer coach Marlon LeBlanc today announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent for the 2007 season.

Inking letters for WVU were Tuan (pronounced "Twahn") Doan (North Hills/Irving, Texas), Dan Hagey (Ephrata/Ephrata, Pa.) and Paul Paradise (Plum/Pittsburgh, Pa.).

"In my opinion I think that this is obviously a fantastic class," says LeBlanc. "We got started late in the recruiting process but to look at the quality guys coming in shows how far this program has come. All three of these guys exemplify the character and value of what our program represents."

Doan is a three-time Texas Olympic Development Pool (ODP) selection as well as a 2005 Region III team member. While playing club soccer, the Irving, Texas, native's squad posted a 368-18-4 record and won titles at the Dallas Cup (2006), Disney Showcase (2002-03), Premier League (2004-06), Coca-Cola League (2000-06), state championships (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005) and regional championships (2004-06). He was most recently selected to the 2006 Adidas Elite Soccer Program (ESP).

"Tuan was one of the most sought after attacking midfielders in the country," says LeBlanc. "He is a very savvy and creative attacking-oriented player who should make an immediate impact."

Hagey was a three-year starter and four year participant for Ephrata High. As a senior he led his league with 27 goals and his team with 10 assists to finish his career ranked third in school history with 146 points (59 goals, 28 assists). For his efforts, Hagey was named an NSCAA regional All-America and named to the Pennsylvania state coaches' all-state team. He also played club soccer for the PA Classics Elite 88.

"Dan is an athletic, fast, strong, do-all type of player," says LeBlanc. "He scores goals and you can't put a value on that. We are going to look for him to play a number of roles."

Paradise comes to WVU from 2005 WPIAL champion Plum High in Pittsburgh where he scored 78 career goals to go along with 56 assists. The forward wracked up numerous awards including NSCAA regional All-America (2005-06), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette East high school player of the year (2003-06), all-state (2004-06), Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Elite 11 (2004-06), WPIAL all-section (2004-06) and to the Region I ODP pool. Paradise was selected to Adidas ESP in 2005. He played club soccer for Century United.

"Paul is another top forward in the country," says LeBlanc. "He is one of the top players from the Pittsburgh region in recent memory and I look forward to him having a wonderful career here."

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