Wal­dorf’s Johns named one of Top Drawer Soc­cer’s best

Maryland Independent - - Sports -

Bran­den Johns, 14, of Wal­dorf, was named one of Top Drawer Soc­cer’s best play­ers at its re­cent show­case for play­ers with­out col­lege com­mit­ments. Johns, who will start his fresh­man year at St. Mary’s Ryken High School this fall, earned a spot in the Cary, N.C., event’s “Best Eleven.” TDS op­er­ates show­cases across the na­tion so girls and boys can dis­play their skills for col­lege coaches. Johns, a right wing and striker for Bethesda Soc­cer Club South 2002, was the youngest player named to the show­case’s all-star team which also in­cluded play­ers who will grad­u­ate from high school in 2017. TDS called Johns’ speed “sear­ing” and said he used that speed to “cut through the de­fen­sive line and score two qual­ity goals.” Scouts noted Johns’ ath­leti­cism was “a level above most play­ers in his age group.” They said his abil­ity to score goals and cre­ate chances in the of­fen­sive third of the field “will take him far.”

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