What Scouts Say: "Busy center midfielder who is MLS-ready now in technique, awareness, and fitness … He has wonderful technique to get out of trouble and avoid contact … He was the guy that made his team go … He wasn't my player, but he's a coach's dream: tough as nails, hard worker, great soccer brain … Can operate as a pinched-in wide player or in the middle … He's not going to put in crunching tackles, but his strength is his work rate … Effective in reading the game, being around the ball defensively, and making recovery runs in transition … Extremely fit, covers every blade of grass … Could compare him to Ned Grabavoy … His size for his position could be an obstacle at the professional level … I don't think he'll go in the first round, but someone's going to get a real good soccer player in one of the later rounds."
College (Charlotte 2009-13): Capped standout career as a senior in 2013 by converting dramatic penalty kick in 88th minute to lift Charlotte to Conference USA tournament championship and NCAA tournament berth … Posted three goals and four assists while starting every match … First team all-Atlantic 10 Conference and Atlantic 10 all-tournament team as a junior in 2012 … Posted three goals and tied for second on the team with six assists in 21 games … First team all-Mid-Atlantic region and first team all-Atlantic 10 Conference as a sophomore in 2011 … Started all 25 games and tallied three goals and six assists in helping Charlotte to its first appearance in the NCAA championship game … Assisted on two goals in the NCAA tournament, including game-tying goal in the 85th minute at No. 3 UConn in the quarterfinals … Converted opening penalty kick in 4-1 shootout win after 0-0 tie vs. Creighton in national semifinals … Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year and Rookie of the Year and College Soccer News freshman all-America in 2010 … Started all 19 games and finished the season with four goals and four assists … Redshirted in 2009.
Prep: Knoxville Catholic High School (Tenn.).
Club: Played club soccer with KFC Crush and was a member of Tennessee and Region III ODP teams.
Personal: Academic all-America third-team selection and Conference USA all-academic first-team selection with a 3.82 GPA … Graduated in December with a degree in marketing.