MSOC: O’Keefe Adds McGrath to 2018 Signing Class

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BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men’s soccer head coach Jason O’Keefe and the coaching staff are excited to welcome the addition Alex McGrath to the 2018 recruiting class

Thanks to the addition of McGrath, the Mountaineers now have 14 student-athletes for the recruiting class, giving the Apps four defenders, two goalkeepers, six midfielders and two forwards.

“This is another great class for us here at App State,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said.  “All of these players have one common trait, and that is they are winners.  They come from winning environments and have the mentality we are looking for.  I want to thank Dan Louisignau and Shaun Utterson for working tirelessly to help deliver this 2018 class.  This will be another deep class which will help us continue to move this program forward. It addresses our needs for some more goal scoring punch, athleticism, versatility, and a high soccer IQ.  These young men are all scholar athletes and will represent App State tremendously well in the classroom, on the soccer field, and in the community.  We’re expecting to sign three more student-athletes, which only raises the profile of this skilled signing class. We can’t wait to blend this group with our returning team and get to work.  We are very excited for the future of App State Soccer.

Alex McGrath | 5’9 | Midfielder | Durham University | County Durham, England
The future Mountaineer played his ball at Whitwork Park under Russell Braithwaite in 2013 and Chris Moore at Durham University. While at Durham from 2015-18, McGrath was the team captain during the 2017-18 seasons, starting in 11 matches with one goal, four assists en route to being named Player of the Year. With Whitworth, he was the team captain and graduating Sportsman of the Year. Born on May 12, 1997, McGrath is the son of Ian and Elaine McGrath. He’ll major in exercise science. He enjoys playing cricket and golf, and he works as a DJ in his spare time. 

O’Keefe on McGrath
” Alex is a very experienced and mature player from Durham Academy in England. He is a two-way midfielder, which has a great technical foundation, high soccer IQ and competitive spirit. McGrath will help our program from day one. We are very excited to have Alex join our program.”


App State will open the regular season on Aug. 18 against Campbell at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.