Tupelo High Standout Signs with Men's Soccer
April 8, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's soccer team announced today the signing of Tupelo High standout midfielder Patrick Elkins for the 2005 season.
The Tupelo, Miss., native attended the highly respected IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Fla., during his junior year. The residency program provides specialized and expert guidance in soccer training, fitness training and mental training.
"Patrick has really benefited from being at the IMG Academy in Florida for a year," said Memphis head coach Richie Grant. "That's a first class environment where they work on their skills throughout the day."
Elkins is also a club teammate of another Memphis signee, Tripp Parkins. The two compete together on the Jackson Futbol Club coached by Eric Johnson.
"Coach Johnson does a great job with them," Grant said. "I believe he has prepared those two players very well to come in and have an impact here at Memphis."
At Tupelo High School, Elkins led the team with 24 goals in his senior season. Ranked ninth in the nation by Soccer America, Tupelo finished the year 14-1-0 under the guidance of head coach Mark Enis. Elkins also played baseball in high school.
"Patrick has a great knowledge of the game and is a very skillful player," Grant said. "He seems most comfortable playing in midfield, and he's a player I think that will have a chance to compete as a freshman."