CLEMSON, S.C. – Three 2015 Clemson men’s soccer signees were recognized as Gatorade State Players of the Year this past week. Trey Langlois (Florida), Michele Bottari (South Carolina) and Jonathan Heckman (Tennessee) made up the Clemson contingent.
Clemson is the only school with three award winners signed this year, and only one other school, Indiana, has more than one.
Langlois is a midfielder from Jacksonville, Fla. This is the second national award Langlois has received in the last few weeks. In early April, he was named Florida’s Mr. Soccer. Langlois led his Bishop Kenny High School team to the 2A Florida District Championship match in 2015, scoring an impressive 66 goals and assisting on 25 more in a single season.
Bottari, a forward from Greenville, S.C. and orginally from Prato, Italy, holds the season scoring record at his high school with 33 goals. Additionally, he was invited to train with the U.S. U-15 National Team in March 2012. He currently plays for the South Carolina United Battery Club.
Heckman, a midfielder from Franklin, Tenn., is a decorated member of the Tennessee Soccer Club. He has led the club in scoring and assists en route to five state championships and is a four-time high school varsity letterman.
Langlois is the third consecutive winner of Florida’s Gatorade State Boy’s Soccer Player of the Year award to sign with Clemson. Diego Campos, the winner in 2014, scored three goals for Clemson last season en route to the ACC Tournament Championship. Campos will be a sophomore in the fall. Thales Moreno, who will be a junior in the fall, won the award in 2013. Moreno also scored three goals last season for the Tigers.
Bottari is the second consecutive South Carolina winner to sign with Clemson. Tyler Rider, who won in 2014, was a freshman on last season’s ACC Tournament Championship team.
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