Seven could be a lucky number for many people.

The number certainly will hold considerable significance for the Rogers State soccer program.

Derek Larkin, head coach of the men’s and women’s soccer teams, has signed his first recruits. Seven players who will will be seen as the foundation for RSU’s first-ever soccer program.

Larkin didn’t venture very far to bring in his first recruits.

Claremore High School seniors Paige Graves, Joanna Petty, Amanda Burger and Megan Parkinson all signed to play for Larkin’s women’s team. All four players have experience playing for Larkin with the Tulsa Nationals Soccer Club. Three of the four have played for his club since the age of 12.

Catoosa High School standout Matt Longaberger was the first men’s player to sign on the dotted line with the Hillcats. Chris Roberts from Union High School in Tulsa and Claremore High School’s Dillion Phillips followed Longaberger with their own commitments to RSU.

“With RSU being a brand-new program, we are very excited to sign such quality local players as the first members of our inaugural recruiting class,” Larkin said.

“The early interest in RSU soccer has been phenomenal,” Larkin said. “It’s obvious that we are going to be able to lure not only quality players, but quality kids to play soccer at RSU. These early signees will be vital in helping to promote the program and hopefully get the ball rolling on a great recruiting class.”

Larkin was named the RSU soccer coach on Jan. 4. He joined the Hillcats after leading Tulsa Kelley to back-to-back state championships in boy’s soccer. He previously coached men’s and women’s soccer teams at Bacone College, Catoosa High School and Missouri Valley College (Marshall, Mo.).