KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State men's tennis Head Coach T.J. Greggs announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent in the early signing period on Monday.
Jake Bouchillon (Cumming, Ga./Lambert HS), David Durham (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton HS) and Simon Pritchard (Newport, South Wales, UK/Millfield School) are set to join the Owls as the 2013-14 early signing period class.
"I'm very excited to announce that we have added three new players to our roster for this upcoming year, in fall 2013," said Greggs. "We have two local players, as well as one international player. I am just really excited to add these players in to get us up to full strength for next year and add to what we have already been building."
Bouchillon, a three-star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net, will join the Owls after a stellar career at Lambert High School in Cumming, Ga. While at Lambert, Bouchillon posted a 40-2 record at No. 1 and 2 singles, and advanced to the Georgia High School Association final four in the state playoff during his sophomore campaign. He was also named the most valuable player for the tennis team following each of his first three seasons at Lambert. In USTA rankings, Bouchillon has achieved a ranking of eighth in the state of Georgia and 79th in the South region in the 18s age group. He also was the finalist in both the 18s singles and doubles draw at the Georgia State Closed tournament.
Coach Greggs on Bouchillon:
"Jake Bouchillon is a really strong player, who is from a local high school. He went to Lambert High School along with current sophomore Alex Pena on our team, so they have played together in the past. After meeting him, meeting his family and seeing him play, he is just exactly what we want an Owl to be. He is a hard worker, a great student and just a nice person. He is a good person overall and is going to add to our lineup in a big way. He is a very feisty player and really fights for everything, so I am anxious to have him on board."
Durham, another three-star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net, has a current ranking of 64th in the South region in the 18s age group and has achieved a ranking of 13th in the state of Georgia. He has a combined 24-10 record against one-star through four-start recruits, including a 15-1 tally against one and two-star recruits, and has tallied a 43-24 record during the 2012 season. Overall, Durham has posted a 234-127 mark throughout his junior career, including having won 22 tournaments as a junior.
Coach Greggs on Durham:
"David's ranking has just skyrocketed over the last four years. He works with the Jeff Wilson Tennis Academy and has just really blossomed over the past several years. He has picked up some really big wins, even two weeks ago he had a tournament and picked up some big wins over three and four-star recruits. His ranking is just going to continue to improve and he is just going to continue when he gets to college. He is a lefty, has got a nice kick serve, a good left-handed forehand and we are really looking forward to working with him because he has a lot of potential."
Pritchard, a talented athlete from Newport, South Wales, United Kingdom, has earned a ranking as high as 20th in British rankings for U18s. In International Tennis Federation (ITF) play, Pritchard tallied a doubles win at the ITF Donnybrook tournament in Dublin, Ireland, and was also a finalist in both the singles and doubles draw at the Rushbrooke ITF tournament in Cobh, Ireland. While only playing three tournaments, all of which were held in the UK, he achieved a ranking of 748th in the world.
Coach Greggs on Pritchard:
"I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing in Simon Pritchard to play for the Owls next season. He not only has some great results, but he's also a really positive person and is going to work hard for us as we improve into the future. Simon hits big off both sides, and has a very solid serve. His game is built for success in the college ranks."
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