NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge men's volleyball coach Jeff Campbell has announced another strong recruiting class as the Matadors have signed Emerson Waumans, Jakob Karlsson, Justin Toth and Travis O'Gorman to National Letters of Intent.
Waumans, a 6-6 setter from Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, Calif., is the first player to sign with the Matadors during the early signing period. He is a multi-sport athlete who was a standout in both volleyball and basketball. As a junior, Waumans led the Lancers volleyball team to a 20-11 overall record under coach Andy Tomkinson. He also competes for the Seaside Volleyball Club.
"Emerson is a player that has exceptional upside," said Campbell. "He's had great training, is very athletic and what I like about him is he's also an outstanding basketball player. As a 6-6 setter, we think his volleyball upside is very high because of his athletic ability and the fact that's he has trained in several different sports."
Karlsson, a 6-4 outside hitter from Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, Calif., is the second player to sign with the Matadors during the early signing period. A teammate of Waumans, he had 206 kills and 42 aces while hitting .365 for the Lancers who finished with a record of 20-11. He also competes for the Coast Boys Volleyball Club.
"Jakob is big and strong and we feel he can be an outstanding passing outside for us," said Campbell. "He has an exceptional arm swing and will hits the ball as hard or harder than anyone in club volleyball right now. We think he can definitely develop into an MPSF-caliber volleyball player."
Toth, a 6-10 middle blocker from Minooka High School in Minooka, Ill., is the third player to sign with Cal State Northridge during the early signing period. Toth was instrumental in the Indians posting a 73-7 record over the last two seasons along with a fourth-place finish in the state in 2012.
"One of the things that attracted me to Justin was the ability to move and his foot speed," said Campbell. "What is impressive about that is that he's 6-10 and he's not skinny. He's a big strong guy that can move, can block and really do it all. We'll train him as a middle and he can be an outstanding player for us."
O'Gorman, a 6-3 outside hitter from Northport High School in Northport, NY, is the fourth player to sign with Cal State Northridge during the early signing period. O'Gorman earned All-County honors for the Tigers in 2013 and was among the players listed in the Long Island Newsday "Players to Watch" in both 2012 and 2013.
"Travis is a passing outside that's a little on the young side," said Campbell. "Right now he's 16 years old but is a senior in high school. He's still developing physically but he jumps well and has a good arm swing as well as the right mind set. He's had excellent training and we think he can be a great player for us."
"Overall this is another great class, very athletic, academic oriented and all these guys will work hard and do what it takes to be a part of a national championship team," added Campbell.
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