MSU Men’s Soccer adds another recruit to 2020 class

Ian Gilmour

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Their spring season may not be happening, but that doesn’t mean MSU isn’t busy preparing for their 2020 campaign.

On Tuesday, MSU head coach Damon Rensing announced that the Spartans are adding standout midfielder Vedad Kovac to the 2020 class. Kovac, who spent his entire high school career at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia, earned all-state honors as a junior for his on-field achievements. 

“We are extremely excited to add Vedad to the MSU Soccer Family,” said Rensing. “My staff and I really enjoyed getting to know him as a player and more importantly a person. He is a good student, a humble person, and a very good soccer player.”

Kovac is the sixth freshman to join the incoming recruiting class for the Green and White. MSU also added transfers Louis Sala, Luke Morrell and Brandon DeSmyter to the mix. 

Kovac comes to East Lansing with an impressive lineage and an exceptional resume for an incoming freshman. His father played professionally in Croatia.

Kovac was a three-year captain for head coach David Penny at Lassiter. During his senior season, he bagged 17 goals and 14 assists. 

Kovac also earned five caps with the Bosnia-Herzegovina U19 squad, and played 60 minutes in a UEFA EURO U19 Championship Qualifier against England.

Though he played defensive midfield for his national team, Rensing describes him as more of an attacker. 

“Vedad is a wide attacking player who is very skillful at taking players on or receiving the ball behind the defense,” said Rensing. “He can set up teammates or score himself. His ability to finish is something you can’t teach as a coach.”