Niagara Gazette — The Niagara men’s soccer program added six early signees for the 2014 season, the school’s athletic department announced in a release Wednesday.
The team will welcome Rolando Velazquez, Sergio Lujan, Brennan Koslow, Steve Casey and brothers Navid and Adel Rahman.
“I am thrilled with our initial signing for our 2014 class,” said head coach Eric Barnes. “We have added significant depth in all areas of the field with some nationally recognized prospects. All six players will be competing for playing time immediately upon their arrival, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a couple of them in the starting 11 come next fall.”
Velazquez hails from Junction City, Ore., where he was a two-time all-league honoree and was named Rookie of the Year during his sophomore season at Junction City High School. Velezquez was a member of the U.S. U14 National Team and was ranked as highly as the No. 43 recruit in the country, according to topdrawersoccer.com.
“Rolando is a dangerous winger with great movement on and off the ball,” Barnes said. “He is a sound finisher with an exceptional ability to strike free kicks.”
Lujan comes from Miami, where he played for Miami Coral Park Senior High. He was a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Kendall Soccer Coalition since 2010 and ranked as highly at 109th in the nation.
“Sergio is a versatile attacking player with the ability to play anywhere across our midfield or up top,” Barnes said. “He has a knack for getting into dangerous positions and building the attack.”
Koslow was a three-time all-state selection in Greenville, S.C. at Saint Joseph’s Catholic, where he was named South Carolina A-1 Player of the Year in 2012.
Casey is the lone local player. He was a two-year captain at Williamsville South. The Rahman twins come from Brampton, Ont., where they played for the Bryst Football Academy.