Army West Point head men's soccer coach Russell Payne strengthened his roster for the upcoming 2020 season by welcoming 11 new members to the squad on Monday afternoon.
The 11-member incoming class was at one point ranked No. 18 in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.com and features a plethora of talent. The group is comprised of individuals from Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.
The Class of 2024
Nick Atkinson | Defender | 5-11 | Raleigh, N.C.
Atkinson, a four-star recruit who ranked inside the top-150 nationally according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, made the trek to West Point from Raleigh, N.C., where he attended Leesville Road High School. At Leesville Road, he was a key cog on the back line for the boys soccer team. He was a member of the Leo's Club as well as the Special Needs Awareness Club (SNAC). At the club level, he played for North Carolina FC, where he served as a team captain.
Drew Clement | Midfielder | 5-11 | Lewis Center, Ohio
Clement arrives on the banks of the Hudson after wrapping up a successful high school career at Olentangy in Ohio. As a member of the boys soccer team, Clement received first team all-region and all-conference honors in 2018 and 2019 en route to being named the team MVP. Following his senior season, he was named the Olentangy High School Male Athlete of the Year. He was a recipient of the Presidential Award and a member of the Principal's Advisory Council (PAC) and Ski Club. Clement played his club soccer for Ohio Premier. Full story.