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Gallaudet men's soccer announces recruiting class

Gallaudet men's soccer recruits

WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University men's soccer head coach Pedro Braz is proud to announce the 12-member recruiting class for the 2018 season. 

GU finished last season with a 5-12 overall record and a 4-6 mark in conference play. The four conference wins are the most by a Bison team since they joined the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) in 2010.

Gallaudet begins the 2018 campaign in Kentucky at the end of August. The Bison will play at Centre (Ky.) College on Friday, Aug. 31, before heading over to Spalding University on Sunday, Sept. 2. 

2018 Gallaudet Men's Soccer Recruiting Class

Recruits listed in alphabetical order by position. Insight provided by Coach Braz


Dylan Christoffels     Dylan Christoffels (Framingham, Mass./Marie Philip School for the Deaf)
Dylan was named to the 2017 NDIAA Player of the Year and three-time NDIAA All-American First Team. He also played for Seacoast United Soccer Club, a prestigious club in the Boston area. Dylan is a quick and very dynamic player that will be a force out on the wing.  
Kelly Grant     Kelly Grant (St. Louis, Mo./Hazelwood Central)
5-8 | 125 lbs.
Kelly is a talented athlete and team player. He was honored as Offensive Player of the Year, Team MVP and was promoted to varsity starter during his freshman season  He was a team captain. He was the team’s season leading scorer, 2nd Team all-conference, and varsity Offensive Player of the Year. His coaches have commended him for his competitive and positive attitude. In addition to this athletic abilities, he tutors deaf and hard of hearing elementary students, he serves as a youth leader in his church and received the Teacher’s Choice Award.
Chad Johnson     Chad Johnson (Gardena, Calif./Palisades)
6-0 | 170 lbs.
Chad is a pure scorer, strong decision maker, playmaker and has high endurance. In his senior year, he led his team to an historic first CIF Championship. He was the leading scorer on the team with 16 goals and four assists in 21 games. He was a two-year varsity player and team captain. He was part of the elite clubs; Los Angeles Premier FC: U19 Gold and Los Angeles United Futbol Academy: U18 Gold.


 Yazeed Al-Khatib    


Yazeed Al-Khatib (Bronx, N.Y./New York School for the Deaf)
5-7 | 135 lbs.
Yazeed has a good soccer IQ and he can play anywhere in the midfield. He was a team captain. He was named to NDIAA All-American - Honorable Mention and was a two-time ESDAA All-Star. He maintained a good academic GPA during his high school career.

Noah Carter    

Noah Carter (Brentwood, Calif./Heritage)
5-10 | 145 lbs.

Noah can play both wings, is very fast and is a playmaker. He played on the varsity team for three years. He helped his team to reach the North California section playoffs twice.

Kyle D'Amore     Kyle D'Amore (Cranberry Township Pa./Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf)
6-1 | 135 lbs.

Kyle has demonstrated good leadership and influence in athletics and in the classroom. He was three-time ESDAA All-Star, two-time ESDAA Division 1 Champion and three-time NDIAA All-American first team. He was named to school's most outstanding athlete twice. He was named to the Honor Roll all four years. He also participated in a math competition at RIT.
Nicolas Granzow     Nicolas Granzow (Rincon, Ga./South Effingham)
6-0 | 160 lbs.

Nicolas is a very technical and strategic player and will communicate with his team to help them get better. The four-year varsity player helped South Effingham win regionals two years in a row with back-to-back 10-1 records.
AJ Markel     AJ Markel (Columbia, Md./St. Vincent Palloti)
5-10 | 175 lbs.

AJ is a relentless player that will bring high-energy to the team. He can play defensive midfielder and has great vision of the field. He was team captain of his high school team. He also played on the Takoma Park Soccer Club.
Liam Painter     Liam Painter (Albuquerque, N.M./East Mountain)
5-11 | 150 lbs.
Liam started off as a left wing during his first year then moved to center midfield for the last two years in high school. He is very physical player when it comes to 50/50 balls. Liam can create on the field, reads the game well and can make some beautiful plays. He received a varsity letter and the most improved player award while at East Mountain.
Nick Smith     Nick Smith (Hamburg, Pa./Hamburg)
5-9 | 150 lbs.
Nick is very athletic and quick on his feet. He played indoor soccer for many years against competitive club teams. He also competed in indoor and outdoor track and field. He participated in variety of track and field events: shot put, discus, javelin, and 400-meter dash. He graduated with honors and was a member of the National Technical Honor Society. He studied masonry at Berks Career and Technology Center.


Julien Cano    

Julien Cano (Phoenix, Ariz./Tolleson Union)
5-6 | 145 lbs.

Julien is very quick and technical player. He has the ability to draw multiple players onto him. He was part of the runner-up team in the 2017 6A Arizona Boys Soccer State Championships. He carried the team to a record of 20-1 and finished #2 in the state. He was a four-year starter on the varsity team. He was also a six-year starter on the Excel Soccer Academy club. He was a first team all-conference selection and a second team all-state pick. He took multiple AP courses in high school and earned high ACT scores.


Shane Angel     Shane Angel (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon)
5-10 | 150 lbs.

Shane was voted unanimously 2018 All-Met and conference goalie. He was also an honorable mention for all-metro. He was a three-year starter for Chopticon. He was team captain his senior year.