The Lee University men’s soccer team announced the recruiting class of 2014 with the addition of Jake Molony, along with Tennessee Prep’s Myles Scott, Barrett Mills, Matt Brady, and Jake Huffaker.
“We really feel like we are adding five quality players and people to our squad for next year,” said Lee head coach Paul Furey. “They each bring the qualities we look for in student athletes that will fit nicely into our program and our university.”
Molony, from Lakeland, Fla., is a midfielder who hails from perennial soccer power Lakeland Christian where he recorded 49 goals and 38 assists in just three years for coach Grandy Streets. Molony was a member of the Florida Olympic Development Program and was an All-State selection before he chose to forgo playing at LCHS his junior year to play for the U.S. Development Academy in Clearwater, Fla. He returned his senior year to captain his team at LCHS, getting 28 goals and 17 assists to lead the county and being tabbed District Player of the Year.
“I chose Lee University because of the amazing school campus and the character and talent of the men’s soccer team and staff,” said Molony. “Both coaches made me feel comfortable and wanted. I am looking forward to a very productive career at Lee,” he said.
“Jake is a solid technical player who will certainly have an immediate impact in our program,” said Furey. “His style of play will fit nicely into our system. He’ll be a fun player to watch. Jake’s personality and character will mesh nicely into our program and around campus.”
Scott, a prolific goal scorer from Germantown, enters his final season of high school this spring after signing with the Flames as a forward. Scott was named to the All-Metro Team as a sophomore and was the Germantown High School Offensive MVP his junior year, with 13 goals and seven assists. He also helped lead his club team, the Lobos-Rush, to a state title in 2013.
“I chose Lee because it is a great school where I believe I can develop into the man I want to become, while being surrounded by great people,” said Scott.
“We are really excited to have Myles join us,” said Furey. “He has good size and pace and can score goals. He’ll be an immediate contributor. Myles is also an excellent student and quality young man.”
Mills, from Memphis, comes to the Flames with an impressive resume from high school, club and as an ODP regional player as a midfielder and outside defender. His club team, the Lobos-Rush, are the defending state champions where he teamed up with Flames recruit Myles Scott and competed for the Cup crown the previous three years in the state finals. He has also experienced success in the Olympic Development Program Region III, advancing out of that pool the past five years and playing in the regional semifinal in 2013. Mills was an All-State player at Christian Brothers High School his junior year and he captained his team the past two years while leading CBHS to the TSSAA State Finals in 2012 and 2013.
“I chose Lee University because I just felt that it was the right fit for me in all aspects of my life,” said Mills. “I really like the coaches. I feel like they have my best interest at heart both on and off the field and the players are all-around great guys. I feel that I have a bright future at Lee,” he said.
“Barrett is very nice addition for us,” said Furey. “He has so many qualities I admire as a person and student. On the field he is valuable, as we could use him in the back or in the midfield. He will certainly be competing for a spot in the top 11.”
Brady, from Franklin, verbally committed to the Flames a year ago and made it official at his high school on national signing day. This goal-scoring forward also brings an impressive soccer resume as member of the defending state champs at Franklin High School. His club teams, Tennessee Football Club and Tennessee Soccer Club, have also been among the top in the state as champions in 2008 and finalist in 2009 and 2013. He is a consistent goal scorer, leading his team in scoring in the state tournament and for his club team the past five years. FHS was undefeated Brady’s junior year, finishing ranked fifth nationally.
“I knew Lee was the right school for me after my first visit,” said Brady. “Lee offered everything I was looking for in a school and I felt comfortable as soon as I walked on campus,” he added.
“We were happy to have Matt verbally commit as a junior,” said Furey. “He has a friendly, contagious personality and will fit greatly into Lee and our soccer program. He is a hard worker and tenacious around the goal, which will add greatly to our scoring depth next fall.”
Huffaker, from Powell, joins the goalkeeping ranks of the Flames out of Powell High School and coach Josh Van Pelt. A four-year starter at Powell and two-year captain, Huffaker brings depth to the goalkeeping position as a three-time all-district player. He was tabbed all-region last season and going into his senior year at PHS he claims an impressive career goals against average of just 0.88 in a competitive league.
“After visiting other colleges, I chose lee because of the Christian values and the culture of their soccer program,” said Huffaker. “They are a family on and off the field,” he related.
“We love having Jake join us,” said Furey. “We got to know him well through our ID camps and liked so many things about him. He is a good shot stopper and is a fierce competitor in goal.”