Tigers Ink Two from Tennessee
April 1, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn- Memphis men's head soccer coach Richie Grant announced Monday that Tennessee high school products Kenneth Kauker and Jackson Boonstra have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the squad for the 2013 season.
"I'm really pleased to have our roster filled up with Tennessee players," Grant said. "We feel like we've found two of the better players in the state."
Hailing from Memphis, Tenn., Kauker is a four-year letterwinner for Christian Brothers High School. Playing at center-mid and center-back for the Brothers, Kauker was a part of the 2010 TSSAA Division II Class-AA state championship team. Kauker has also spent time playing with the Memphis Futbol Club (eight years) and Midsouth Futbol Club (five years).
"Kenneth Kauker is very close to us with his father playing here back in the early days of the program," Grant said. "Kauker has great technical ability and he has good game sense. As he matures and develops, he will definitely compete for playing time. He plays some different positions so it gives him some versatility to impact the team in a couple of spots."
A Nashville, Tenn., native, Boonstra is a two year letterwinner for David Lipscomb Academy. Playing at forward, he helped lead the Mustangs to a district championship in 2012. Boonstra has received numerous honors including TSSSAA All-State first-team (2012), All-Region first-team, All-District first-team and 2012 Tennessee Sports Writers Association 2012 All-State first-team.
"Boonstra has the ability to compete up front because he's athletic," Grant said. "He can score goals and he can create goals. If he responds well to the training environment and is committed to improving his freshman year, I think he'll be able to get some minutes for us, especially with Mark Sherrod graduating after next season. Training of our center-forwards is going to be important for us this year."
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