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Sacramento State signs three for 2016 season

Republic FC Academy defender and two others signed to join the Hornets on Wednesday.

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Sacramento Republic FC Academy defender Mac Harrington and two others inked national letters of intent to play college soccer at Sacramento State on Wednesday.

Harrington, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound central defender from Sacramento and Rio Americano High School, has played for Sacramento Republic's Academy team for two years and played for Sac United for five years. He's also played for the Canadian U20 national team. Coach Michael Lineberger is familiar with Harrington, having coached the dual American and Canadian citizen at the youth level. He called Harrington the team's "center back of the future" in a release on the team's website.

Joining Harrington are defender Abraham Rosales (Pittsburg, Calif. / Pittsburg HS), who has spent time with the San Jose Earthquakes Academy. Coach Lineberger expects the 5-foot-9, 145-pound outside back to start as a freshman in the fall. "He will play as a freshman and we see him being one of our core defenders going forward," Lineberger said.

Rounding out the small recruiting class is midfielder/forward Christian Webb, out of Tulare Union High School, where he currently has 19 goals and 11 assists in his senior year. The left-footed attacker can play as a forward or an attacking midfielder.

The recruiting class is only three deep because the Hornets (6-10-2 in 2015) are loaded with upperclassmen. Eight juniors, seven sophomores and seven freshmen will be returning to the team.