Loyola signs highly touted recruits from California, Wisconsin, Germany

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The Loyola recruiting footprint remains nationwide — and now even extends into Europe.

The Ramblers announced that high school seniors Colton Brooks, Colman Chadam, Taylan Cook, Anton Frank, Jake Maffett, Brian Voight and Jack Yentz have all committed to join Loyola for the 2020 season.

“I thoroughly enjoyed recruiting each of these guys, not just because we think they will have a big impact on the program, but because they are outstanding young men,” coach Mark Hulse said in a statement. “They are all used to competing at a high level, and we look forward to having them as part of our program.”

Brooks, a 6-foot-4 outside attacker from Pleasanton, California, led his club team to a gold medal at the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships. He also helped his high school team win back-to-back conference titles.

Chadam, a 6-foot-5 outside attacker from Diablo, California, was the captain of his school team and earned first-team all-conference honors last season. In addition, Chadam won a bronze medal with his club team at the 2017 Boys’ Junior National Championships.

Cook, a 6-foot-2 libero from Carlsbad, California, recently moved from Colorado where he helped his high school team in two state championships. With his club team, Cook earned All-Tournament Team honors at the 2015 Boys’ Junior National Championships.

Frank, a 6-foot-9 middle attacker from Germany, won the championship at the 2017 United World Games and led his team to a third-place finish at the U20 German Championships earlier this year. He also is one of the first European recruits in recent history to play for Loyola.

Maffett, a 6-foot-4 outside attacker from Lakewood, California, was a member of the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Training Team and has competed with the USA Volleyball High Performance A1 program for the last two years. Along with his experience in the USA Volleyball pipeline, Maffett on his high school team earned All-Tournament Team honors at the 2018 Orange County Championships.

Voight, a 6-foot-5 setter from New Berlin, Wisconsin, was a First-Team All-State selection during his senior season and set a school record for a career assists. The setter in his high school career led the team to two state semifinal appearances and was a three-time first-team all-conference recipient.

Yentz, 6-foot-6 outside attacker Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Boys’ Junior National Championships. He also helped lead his club team to back-to-back bronze-medal finishes at the national championships.

Loyola finished last season in the top 10 of the national rankings and advanced to the MIVA Tournament finals. The Ramblers enter the upcoming season ranked No. 9 in the preseason national coaches poll.