Munford senior soccer player Jaylen Hill was looking for more than a good soccer team when he was narrowing his college choices.
He believes he found everything he was looking for in Lincoln Memorial University, located in the Cumberland Gap area about 55 miles north of Knoxville.
Hill signed a scholarship with the school last week.
The soccer team is chock full of international players, something that Hill believes will benefit him in various ways.
“The team just captivated me the way they play,” said Hill. “I think it will be great place for me to grow as a person and a soccer player.”
Hill has been a big reason for the Cougars' resurgence the last three years.
He has started 46 of his 52 career games, racking up 19 goals and 10 assists.
Hill, an attacking midfielder, has three assists and three goals so far this year.
“Jaylen controls the midfield,” said Munford coach Kyle Selby. “People try and man mark him, but that's just not something you're going to be able to do. He's dominant with the ball.”
He started off his career at Munford playing defender, but his offensive capabilities prompted a move forward.
“He can pass and score,” Selby said. “I think he's going to do well at the next level. There are a lot of foreign players on that roster. To get a kid from Munford on that roster is pretty impressive.”
Hill said he plans on learning from the international players at Lincoln Memorial. The roster includes players from Brazil, Germany and England.
“I'm going to absorb what I see in each and every player and try and reflect that in the way I play,” Hill said.