Gabe Franco is center back from Mooresville, N.C. , where he played his club soccer for the prestigious North Meck Soccer Academy and helped his Lake Norman High School team to two state quarter-final appearances. He was an All-Conference and All Region selection his senior year. Franco is an honor student looking to major in Pre-med. He is also an active member in his local church and has served on numerous community outreach ministries.
“Gabe will be a great addition to our program that will compete right away for playing time. He is a model student-athlete and the type of young man we are proud to have in our program. He brings the ability to play at a high level with strong academics and a solid character grounded in his faith,” said Furey.
Anthony Brayer is an outside midfielder/wing from Franklin, and played club soccer at with the KAOS and most recently the Brentwood Soccer Club. He is completing his senior season at Independence High School under Josh Phillips and has been a four- year member of the varsity team. He spent three season playing ODP from 2006-208 for the Tennessee State Team. He is taking honor courses and is active member in his church youth group and ROTC youth volunteer.
“Anthony is a crafty midfielder who will bring creativity to our flanks. He has the technical ability to come and help us right away. Anthony comes from a solid church upbringing and is a good student. We look forward to having Anthony join us,” said Furey.
Jonathan Perelman is outside defender from Knoxville where he plays for the Crush Revolution and is a four- year starter of the Hardin Valley Academy team who are presently the defending 2011 AAA State Champions. He has served as captain for both his high school and Club teams and was an All-District Player in 2011. He is an honor student and active in his local church and participates in his high school Bible Study group.
“It was important for Jonathan to attend a Christian university and we are glad he selected Lee. He has had a stellar high school career under coach Mike Mclean and brings a good work ethic and winning mentality to our program. Jonathan also is a model student-athlete who has done well in the classroom and demonstrates the Christian virtues and character we embrace at Lee,” said Furey.
“This is a great foundation to our 2012 recruiting class and will help us continue to shape the culture of our program with quality players, good students and young men of character,” pointed out Furey.