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Two Sounders Academy products named among top 11 college prospects

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This ranking of potentially available draftees also shows the increasing influence of the Academies.

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At this point the national opinion of Jordan Morris is quite clear. But how does that hype-train match to the other potential acquisitions from the 2014 college season when Major League Soccer's SuperDraft takes place in January? TopDrawerSoccer answers that in their first "Big Board." Potential HGP Morris is ranked third with another potential Seattle Sounders HGP in Darwin Jones at eleven.

A Big Board is a ranking of player quality that pays no attention to team need. It is a subjective ranking of talent, so clearly not gospel, but is a view into the college rankings from people whose job it is to evaluate and study college players.

Seattle has two HGPs listed among the 12 potential HGPs and with the New York Red Bulls are one of two teams with two potential HGPs in the top 11. Morris and Chapman are the only underclassmen that make the potential HGP list at this time. Those ten seniors listed may not all sign with their MLS teams. They could sign overseas or refuse to sign with the club that developed them and enter the draft.

It is also interesting that TopDrawer sees potential HGPs as six potential 1st Round talents. Only seven seniors fit the traditional mold as drafted talents, since potential Generation Adidas players are almost always seen as 1st Rounders.

Though not Sounders talents, three other University of Washington players are in the top 75. Midfielder/forward Cristian Roldan is ranked second. Defender Andy Toma is right at 20, which means he's probably a first round talent. Once highly regarded keeper Spencer Richey is all the way down at 74 and is the fifth keeper listed.

Two past Sounders HGPs were generally seen as first round talents (Yedlin, Okoli) with Kovar generally regarded as second to third round talent. Mansaray's signing comes so early in his development that judging him against college seniors is quite difficult.