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Pitt soccer recruiting heating up with Edward Kizza and Chandler Vaughn

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The Pitt men's soccer team hasn't had much success since joining the ACC. In fact, the program is still searching for its first conference win after four ACC seasons. That doesn't mean head coach Jay Vidovich can't recruit, though.

Despite the lack of success, the recruiting for the soccer program has been above average considering how bad the team has been on the field. In this year's class, Vidovich managed to snag a top 50 (#41) recruit in forward Edward Kizza. Kizza is one of nine incoming recruits and also in that class is a top 100 player (#81) in midfielder Colin Brezniak. Given all of that, the 2017 class proved to be a solid one for a team that won only two games last season.

Vidovich is also off and running for 2018, too. U.S. U17 Men's National Team defender Chandler Vaughn, which TopDrawerSoccer lists as the No. 17 overall recruit for 2018, committed to the program. And while Vaughn is #17 in those rankings, he's actually all the way up at No. 10 here.

These are, to say the least, really impressive hauls. They would be great gets for any program but if you can pull these kind of recruits with such a struggling program, it's a very good indicator that you're doing one heck of a recruiting job in selling your vision. And if you can sell the vision without any track record of success at the program, imagine what you can do when you're actually winning some games. Even modest on-field improvement should help Vidovich even more.

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