Jack Harrison, an incoming freshman at Wake Forest University, was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year on Tuesday. The honor is awarded to the top high school soccer player. It also combines athletic prowess with great academics, and high character on and off the field.
Harrison is the second Demon Deacon player to be awarded the National Player of the Year, following former Deac Pat Phelan, who won the award in 2003-2004.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations to Jack Harrison of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NYCFC?src=hash">#NYCFC</a> Youth Affiliate <a href="https://twitter.com/ManhattanSC">@ManhattanSC</a> on winning the Gatorade National POY Award! <a href="http://t.co/huC6TreWcr">pic.twitter.com/huC6TreWcr</a></p>— New York City FC (@NYCFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYCFC/status/598226106446123009">May 12, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Hailing from Bolton, England, the midfielder Harrison tallied 16 goals, and amassed an incredible 27 assists in leading Berkshire School in Massachusetts to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A (whew that's a mouthful!) championship.
Interestingly enough, Harrison also rides for his school mountain biking team and owns the school's home course record.
Harrison finished his career with 44 goals and 65 assists as Berkshire finished as the nations No. 1 prep school three consecutive years.
Wake Forest will bring in a top ten recruiting class this year for new head man Bobby Muuss. Harrison will no doubt be a critical cog to getting the Deacs back into a national title contender every year.
Congratulations to Jack and we hope this is the first of many prestigious awards that he receives throughout his career!