Brandon Baty, the new Woodlands move-in from Solon, Ohio, is the real deal. A skilled offensive player, Baty can beat his man on impact and always has his head up. Baty is a player who attracts tons of attention. He shreds would be defenders at X consistently and turns the corner with ease. An unbelievable 1st step puts him in position to distribute, while understanding slides and delivering timely looks makes him a gifted distributor. It is very tough to get your hands on him which makes him such a tough cover. The kid gets to the middle and can score, in bunches. He gets to the next level and finishes. He will be an excellent addition to a very talented offensive unit for the Highlanders.
Lake De La Fuente has serious, top end speed, and is usually the fastest kid on the field, time and time again. You cannot teach this kind of speed. De La Fuente can finish with both hands. While he can just run by opposing defenders in space, he can also beat the opposition with quickness in small areas. Once he gets the space, his ability to accelerate is unmatched. From a defensive standpoint, he is very tough to beat. His feet are always in position, and this, ultimately, creates transition opportunities. Due to the attention he attracts, he understands how to share the rock. He applies tons of leverage by either scoring or assisting. He is a top end, midfield option in every phase of the game - offense, defense, transition, wings, and clearing.
Brandon Meaux, out of ESD, is a skilled and athletic, finishing attackman. However, it is his ability to convert opportunities that is his strength. He is a creative player who is not just limited to finishing over the top. Moving the goalie inside, shoveling the ball back hand, lefty quick-stick, he can do whatever the situation requires. He can score, but also sees good passing lanes and understands cutting and space. He finds a way to be open and usually makes the right play. He’s a confident goal shooter and goalscorer who puts himself in position. Great hands around the goal allow him to handle whatever is thrown in at him. Kid has got dangles.
Walt Alexander is a massive freshman for the Austin Maroons program. Alexander has a huge frame, great wheels, and solid, ball handling abilities. He’s a big defender that jumps off the page. In space, he is a favorable match-up who can get you the ball. He has the footwork and range to consume opponents. After he creates an opportunity, he looks to capitalize on it. In transition, he’s a handful. With the patience and understanding of a midfielder, he can run the break or simply make his own play by getting to the rack. He can convert and will be huge for Austin in terms of manufacturing goal scoring opportunities throughout his career. If he continues to progress, he will be a standout for several years to come in Central Texas.