HUNTINGTON — Marshall University men's soccer head coach Chris Grassie hauled in a recruiting class that spans the globe.

Grassie's recruiting class for his third Thundering Herd season includes players from Brazil (2), Germany, Canada, Michigan (3), Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.

"I think this years' class will add the final piece to the puzzle for us, as they will join an already gifted group of players this season," Grassie said in a release. "This is another big class for us, as we look to finish the rebuild of the squad and move into our next evolution as a team. I believe that we will have more competition in this roster than we have had before."

Following is a look at the 10 recruits.

n Max Schneider from Cologne, Germany, played for Bayern Leverkusen, one of the biggest clubs in the German Bundesliga. The defensive midfielder played 36 games and scored two goals. He was also called up to the first team for Bayern Leverkusen for Europa League match.

n Adam Lubell from Moreland Hills, Ohio, played in 38 matches with 26 starts in club ball for the Cleveland Internationals of the U.S. Development Academy. The defender also attended Orange High School. In two years of high school soccer, Lubell scored 17 goals, had 19 assists and helped lead his team to two conference championships.

n Ryan Gray from Troy, Michigan, played club soccer for Vardar of the U.S. Development Academy. The left-back played in 70 matches with 64 starts. He also attended Tory Athens High School.

n Demarre Montoute from Toronto, Ontario, in Canada played club soccer for Vaugh Azurri. The center-back attended Chaminade College High School where his team won s TDCSB Championship. His club team took home the U19 Ontario Cup, were the U19 OYSL Champions and the Montverde Showcase.

n Joao Pedro Peterlini Souza from Cuiaba, Brazil, played for Orlando City of the U.S. Development Academy. The attacking mid/left wing has played in 14 matches this season with Orlando City and had seven starts.

n Hunter Shanks from Austin, Texas, played club soccer for Lonestar Soccer Club of the U.S. Development Academy. The center-back has played in 52 matches since 2015 with 43 starts. Shanks attended Rouse High School where he lettered as a freshman and sophomore before turning his full playing attention to the Development Academy.

n Sanad Yahya from Melvindale, Michigan, was the teammate of Marshall recruits Ryan Gray and Ali Zolfikar Nasser on the Vardar squad. The center-mid attended Melvindale High School and spent his final two years at Edsel Ford High School where he will graduate. Yahya was part of a regional championship during his freshman season and won the state cup championship in 2016.

n Ali Zolfikar Nasser from Dearborn, Michigan, a forward, has played in 76 matches for Vardar since 2015 with 49 starts. He has scored 17 goals including three goals this season for the U18/19 team. Nasser attended Edsel Ford High School.

n Bleno Cruz from Recife, Brazil, played at Montverde Academy an internationally renowned soccer academy that has been the No. 1 high school team in the country the last four years running. It regularly produces professional players as well as top level NCAA Division I talent. The center-forward attended Colegio Equipe before making the move to Montverde.

n Jacob Adams from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, played club soccer with the Pittsburgh River Hounds Academy. The center-mid also attended Westmont Hilltop High School. During his prep career, Adams scored 88 goals with 48 during his senior year.


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