McPherson College men’s soccer coach Doug Quint turned to California for the first two signees of next season’s recruiting class.
Jared Robbins and Brian Cano recently signed letters of intent to join the powerful Bulldog program.
"We were certainly pleased to get commitments from both of these guys," Quint said. "They play at a high level and are from successful programs with a lot of tradition. Their experience will have an impact on our squad immediately."
Robbins is a 6-4 and 200-pound center back who will give the Bulldogs a physical presence. He played at Santa Rosa Junior College after graduating from Analy High School.
He was a three-year varsity player for Analy, twice earning league honors.
At Santa Rosa, Robbins was a scholar-athlete and a team captain for the Bearcups.
He is the son of Brian and Edie Robbins and plans on majoring in business at McPherson College.
"Jared is the prototypical center back that we were missing last fall," Quint said. "He has good size, athletic ability and is composed under pressure. We needed to improve defensively in a lot of areas and Jared's commitment is a step in the right direction."
Cano is a 5-10 center defensive midfield player hailing from Bakersfield and is a graduate of both Golden Valley High School and College of the Canyons.
At Golden Valley, Cano earned All-Area first team in 2014 and then played for two years for coach Phil Marcelin at COC.
The son of Silvia and Edilberto Cano, he will major in criminal justice at MC.
"Brian is the workhorse in the middle of the park that we need," Quint said. "He's not only very technical on the ball, he is a true box-to-box guy that just makes everyone around him better."