Herd Men’s Soccer Adds Eight Signees Gray Announces 2016 Recruiting Class

Updated 3 years ago Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall men’s soccer coach Bob Gray announced the team’s 2016 recruiting class Monday, welcoming eight new players to the program.

“With a large group of seniors that we graduated, we really wanted to try to find some experienced players,” Gray said. “We feel like we filled that void immediately by signing two outstanding junior college players and one other two-year transfer from an NCAA Division I program.

“We also have several impressive college freshmen coming into the program as well. We’re excited to get all of these guys here to build on the success of making it to the Conference USA Tournament final last season.”

A look at the signees (in alphabetical order), along with analysis on the player from Gray:

Trevor Clemens: 5-11 (Goalkeeper), Lancaster, Pa.

Clemens was a goalkeeper for Manheim Township High School in Lancaster for four years and also played for the prestigious Pennsylvania Classics club team for five years in the U.S. Academy League. Known as a fiery competitor in training and on the field, Clemens also is a technical and athletic goalkeeper, and is also a very strong shot stopper.

Gray: “Trevor is a very dynamic goalkeeper. He’s really aggressive off his line and is quick as a cat. He plays for a very good academy team in the Classics as well. We had him at our ID Camp and really liked him. We think he has potential to come and fill in.”

Jascha Glueckschalt: 6-1 (Defender), Reichenbach, Germany

Glueckschalt comes to the Herd from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., where he made 31 starts in 34 games over two seasons, scoring three goals as a defender. He also attended the Karl Kuebel Schule in Germany. He played for German professional club Eintracht Frankfurt’s U-16 and U-17 teams and the SV Waldhop Mannheim team for two years in the U-19 division, winning the Oberliga Baden-Wurttemberg in 2016 and the 2013 and 2014 League Cup.

Gray: “Jascha is a center back who started every single game for them last year. What we love about him is he’s got two years of NCAA Division I experience under his belt. He’s an intelligent young man and is also decent-sized and very strong. He’ll fill the gap we’ve lost with some of those seniors.”

Thomas Hollis: 5-10 (Wide attacker/Defender), Houston

Hollis comes to the Herd from Langham Creek High School, where he received all-district honors for three seasons and captained the team his senior year. He also played for Houstonians FC, where he competed in the Disney Showcase, Dallas Cup, the Surf Cup, the National League and the National League Showcase. He was also a member of the Olympic Development Program of South Texas.

Gray: “He’s another product from our ID camp and is just another intelligent young man. He can play multiple positions. We think in college he will probably be more of an outside defender. He’s very smooth on the ball, doesn’t get rattled and makes good decisions.”

Brendan Jones: 6-0 (Defender), Goshen, Ohio

Jones joins Marshall from Summit Country Day School, where he graduates this spring. At the private school, he played varsity as a freshman, served as team captain and earned state champion three times (the only year he did not earn a state championship at the school was his junior season, when he played for the Columbus Crew Development Academy). At Summit, he earned all-conference first team, all-region first team, All-Ohio first team, All-Ohio All Star Team and the All-Midwest first team. In the 2014-15 season, he played with the U-18 team at the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.

Gray: “Brendan’s a very versatile young man. He actually plays up front for his club, but we think we’re going to be able to convert him into a defender, just because of his aggressiveness. He earned all kinds of awards this year and comes from an impressive lineage of coaches. He really reminds me of another (former Marshall standout) Zach Hunter type of player.”

Yannick Koffi: 5-9 (Striker,) Lewisville, Texas

Koffi comes to the Herd after two junior college seasons -- last season with Eastern Florida State. Koffi scored the most goals in the league at Eastern Florida, netting 48 with 20 assists. He also played at Northeast Texas CC, scoring 16 goals with 10 assists. In 2015, he was named to the NJCAA All-America second team. Koffi also has played in the summer with the FC Dallas Premier team.

Gray: “Yannick is probably one of the more dynamic offensive players in the country. He’ll have pace, the ability to run at people and he’s a threat evert time he touches the ball. I’m very excited to get him. He’s going to be an immediate impact player.”

Brayan Lopez: 5-7 (Midfielder), Bloomfield, Minn.

Lopez joins the Herd from Jefferson College in Missouri and was named to the 2015 NSCAA Junior College Division I All-North Region first team. At Jefferson, Lopez scored 10 goals and provided 10 assists in his sophomore season, including two assists and a goal in the regional final. He played high school soccer for Kennedy High School, earning All-Conference in his sophomore and senior seasons and was also the team MVP in 2013, recording the most assists.

Gray: “Brayan is an attacking midfielder who has great vision and has the ability to open up other teams’ defenses with just one pass. He’s an intelligent young man who’s going to show a high comfort level when he’s on the ball.”

Devin Morgan: 5-10 (Midfielder), Covington, Ky.

Morgan started four seasons at Scott High School and was captain his junior and senior years. He scored 61 goals and dished out 57 assists at Scott and holds the school record for assists in a season and career. He was named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year three times and was the team MVP in 2015. With Scott, Morgan also advanced to the 2014 state finals and made the 2014 All-Tournament team and was named to the all-district and all-region teams in 2014 and 2015. With his club King’s Hammer Soccer Academy, Morgan won the Kentucky State Cup Championship in 2014 and 2015 and also participated at the 2013 and 2014 Disney Showcase.

Gray: “Devin’s another wide player who can be very dangerous and dynamic. He scored a lot of goals and assists at his high school and was also on a very good club team.”

Alex Reyes: 5-6 (Midfielder/Striker), Houston

Reyes played for Spring High School for four seasons and also played for some impressive club teams, including the USSDA Development Academy, Houston SC Texans U-16 and the Texas Rush U-18. Reyes is a wide player that can line up a striker or wide midfielder.

Gray: “Alex may be the sleeper of the bunch. A lot of schools were after him. He’s another wide dynamic player who loves to run at you and take people on 1-versus-1. He’ll have the ability to create a lot of scoring chances for us.”
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