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Recruiting Radar 2.1 - C. Binney, '16; Marks, '17; Kneese, '16; Q. Binney, '18

06/29/2015, 10:45am CDT
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Connor Binney (2016), Midfielder from The Woodlands, Texas, would be a great pick up for any program looking for a defensive-minded/transition midfielder. Connor has a great, top-end speed that compliments his burst nicely. These gifts along with his ability to anticipate and communicate everything defensively allow him to be a lock down midfielder that grinds out incredible ground balls and sparks transition for any squad he plays on. Binney can also get it done on the offensive side of the field. He shoots the ball well with both hands when given time and room, while his explosiveness helps him beat his man on impact with consistency. 

Paxton Marks (2017), LSM from ESD, is, without a doubt, one of the best LSMs in the Texas class of 2017.  Marks is an absolute menace between the boxes. On ball, he does a tremendous job of staying into hands and dispossessing opponents. Marks seemingly has velcro in his stick as he routinely comes up with first-touch, ground balls in traffic. His athleticism allows him to apply tons of pressure, and he's able to escape quickly to open space to secure possessions coming out of tough scrums. Off ball, he's instinctual and knocks down/intercepts a ton of passes. Marks will definitely be an impact player and a great get for any program he matriculates to at the next level.

Highland Park’s own, Colby Kneese (2016), is one of the top uncommitted goalies in his class. With a  Division 1 state title under his belt, Colby distinguishes himself with lightning fast hands, laser-guided outlets, and ironclad poise. It's hard to be a big fish in the Texas goalie pond, but Kneese is a prized goalie catch for college recruiters. He is able to kill momentum with a jaw dropping save and then zip a 40-yard outlet pass to create transition. An excellent communicator, Kneese is intimidating for opposing shooters, while bolstering the confidence of those around him. 

Quinn Binney (2018), Midfielder out of The Woodlands, is one of the top midfielders in the 2018 class. Binney IS the Texas, dual-sport athlete that college coaches talk about.  At 6'0'', 170 lbs, Binney gained tons of experience playing as a freshman for The Woodlands Varsity. This season, he was first in caused turnovers at the midfield and third on the team overall proving he can D up just about any short stick across from him. Skilled with both hands as a dodger, feeder, and off-ball finisher, Binney's quarterback skills shine through in his awareness, decision-making, and vision.  Binney was most recently named an All-Star at Baltimore Summer Kickoff, King of the Hill, and Gait Cup. 


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