March 28, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Head coach Bob Gray has added seven student-athletes to his squad for the upcoming 2013 men's soccer season.
Connor Allen, James Campbell, Curt Gallagher, Ben Holt, Daniel Jodah, Eric Lavery and Brady Reymond have all signed national letters of intent.
“We are very happy with our incoming group”, said Gray. “They are all outstanding young men who will fit in well with our group and we were able to fill our needs for this coming fall”.
Allen, a midfielder from Naperville, Ill., was a four-year varsity player for Naperville Central High School. He led his club team, USYS u-17, to the 2012 National Championship, Illinois State Cup Championship and a No. 1 ranking according to gotsoccer.com.
“Connor is a smart player who sees the field well, and he has a high pedigree coming with his Galaxy team’s success”, said Gray.
Campbell, a defender from Greenville, S.C., helped J.L. Mann High School to a 3A State Championship in 2010 and a 4A title in 2012. He was an all-state candidate in 2012 while recording 11 goals and nine assists. Campbell's club team won numerous honors including the Disney Showcase Championship and the Region 3 Premier League Championship in 2012.
“He talks well, is confident, tackles great, and is the type of defender we love to have on our team,” said Gray.
Gallagher, a forward from Rawtenstall, England, played for three years at Mill Hill, a club team near his hometown, and scored 50 goals in 23 games in his final season. He currently plays for his County team, Lancashire, as well as his Rossendale United club team. He was a 2013 ESFA National team trialist.
“We saw Curtis play over a year ago in England and liked him from day one," said Gray. "He scores goals and that is what we hope he will do wearing a Marshall jersey.”
Holt, a midfielder from Knoxville, Tenn., was a four-time all-state selection for Christian Academy of Knoxville and was named a regional All-American in 2012. He was also a two-time state champion, a two-year team captain and led his team in points for three years. Holt's club team, FC Alliance 94 Black, won its state championship five times.
“Ben’s pace and explosiveness are tremendous assets for him and his work rate is second to none," Gray said.
Jodah is a midfielder from Mississauga, Ontario and played for Toronto FC. He played for the Ontario Provincial team from U14 to U16 before making the jump to the Toronto FC Academy.
“Daniel is training weekly at very high level with the TFC staff and plays in the CSL as well," said Gray. "He is going to come in this fall used to a professional environment and it will be smooth transition for him.”
Lavery, a midfielder from Harrisburg, Pa., helped Central Douphin High School to a Pennsylvania AAA State Championship in 2009 and two district championships. He also played for the club team USSF Development Academy.
“Steve Klein, his academy coach, raves about Eric and we can see why," Gray said. "He is able to play many positions and he gives us another dimension at central midfield."
Reymond, a goalkeeper from Point Pleasant, W. Va., was a two-time class AA West Virginia Goalkeeper of the Year for Point Pleasant High School. He was a two-time West Virginia First Team All-State for class AA (2010 and 2011). Reymond earned second team all-state in 2012 and was a three-time defensive MVP. He averaged 10.1 saves per game and a goals against average of 0.9 during his high school career. Reymond also played for the club team, WVSC Wizards and helped them to two state cup championships.
“Brady hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential as a keeper”, said Gray. “He has a huge upside with this athleticism and shot blocking, he just needs to learn how to play college soccer."