Duke men’s football adds depth ahead of 2022 season by signing 10 rookies

Durham – Duke Men’s Football Coach John Kerr announced the addition of 10 rookies to the Blue Devils program starting in the 2022 season.

“We are thrilled to welcome this group of talented freshmen to the Duke football family,” Kerr said. “These dynamic players give us depth in every position and bring a huge experience to play at a very high level. We look forward to working with these talented young people this fall!”

The new additions come from a wealth of academic and club football experience as the Blue Devils look to join a team that was ACC Coastal Division champions and advanced to the third round of the NCAA championship last season.

Kamran Akito

Job title: Central defender
Native city: Manhattan, New York
Secondary school: Trinity School
Club: New York City FC (NYCFC)

Before the Duke: Competed at the New York City FC Academy, starting as a guest player in 2018…Offered an amateur contract to compete with the NYCFC MLS NEXT PRO first team in the second tier of US pro football…Played center back and captained the team…Has been a regular member NYCFC First Team Training Camp… Active member of USA Under-20 National Football Team… Reserved for U20 Team International Tournament in Mexico… Invited to US Under-17 Men’s National Team Internal Training Camp to prepare for World Under-20 Championships 17 years old (postponed due to COVID-19)… Tried in March 2018 with the Liverpool Under 15 team… Prior to NYCFC, captained the New York Starts Premier Galaxy, winning the 2018 National Club Championship… Competed for Trinity High School, leading the team to the 2018 New York State Preparatory Championship… Named an honoree All-Ivy Prep League as both freshman and sophomore.

Bryce Barnum

Job title: Outside defender/winger
Native city: League City, Texas
Secondary school: Texas Connections Academy
Club: Houston Dynamo Academy

Before the Duke: Spent seven years at the Houston Dynamo Academy playing as an outfield guard and winger… Spent five seasons with Space City before joining the Houston Dynamo… Also an experienced basketball player who played point guard for 11 years …Won the 2014 League City Athlete of the Year Award…A four-year honor roll student at the Texas Liaison Academy.

Alex Bonnington

Job title: Attack
Native city: Rotherham, England
Secondary school: Vickersley School and Sports College
Club: Sheffield Wednesday

Before the Duke: Competed in the Sheffield Wednesday FC system and professional development league in U18 and U23 games… Established a reputation as an elite goalscorer at the club, leading the team in goals in the last four seasons… Captained the U18 team during the 2020–21 season… In 2019 was part of the U18 LFE pre-season runner-up team… Helped lead his side to victory in the Youdan tournament in 2018… Also played for his high school in front of Sheffield Wednesday, leading Wickersley to four consecutive South Yorkshire Cup championships with 2015 to 2018… Also helped Wickersley reach the semi-finals of the 2017 English Schools Cup.

Wayne Frederick

Job title: Left back/left wing
Native city: John’s Cabin, Maryland.
Secondary school: st albans
Club: Bethesda SC

Before the Duke: Played for MLS Next, a Bethesda SC team, starting his first season at the academy in 2014… Helped the Under-17s reach the quarter-finals of the MLS Next Playoffs in 2021… Three-year-old St. Albans World Cup champion… Named All-American in 2021 helped St. Albans win the D.C. State Championship… Named 2021 D.C. State Player of the Year… Two-time All-Conference selection in 2019 and 2021… Scored 16 goals and eight assists for St. Albans… Nominated for the award DC Gatorade Player of the Year 2022… Active member of Black Affinity Group and Jack and Jill, and volunteer at DC Central Kitchen and A Wider Circle.

Axel Gudbjornsson

Job title: Central defender
Native city: Reykjavik, Iceland
Secondary school: Commercial College of Iceland
Club: Filkir

Before the Duke: Spent his entire youth career at Filkir starting at the age of five… Made his professional debut in 2020… Made 11 appearances for the club during his time at Filkir… Helped lead his team to the Iber Cup Youth Football Championship in 2018. … Was also an active handball player, playing the sport from 2012 to 2016. … Received Honors for Academic Excellence from the College of Commerce Iceland … Also received Honors for Excellence in Academic Achievement from Vardur Insurance Company for Economics and from Price Waterhouse Coopers for Financial Accounting.

Kenan Hot

Job title: midfield center
Native city: Lincroft, New Jersey
Secondary school: South Middletown
Club: New York City FC II

Before the Duke: Most recently played for New York FC II MLS Next Pro… Joined the team after a stint in the USL Championship Hartford Athletic where he played seven professional games and scored a goal… Entered the New York Red Bulls academy competing for New York Red Bulls II in 2020… Played eight games for the club and played 455 minutes… Played multiple caps for the US under-15 team, scored a goal and played 10 caps… was ready to collect for the U-17 team before COVID Pandemic -19… Won several trials with top international clubs including Arsenal, Roma and Borussia Mönchengladbach… Also spent time with USL League Two side Motown, making 14 appearances and providing six assists.

Drew Kerr

Job title: Central midfielder
Native city: Hillsborough, North Carolina
Secondary school: Accelerator School
Club: North Carolina

Before the Duke: Played for USL League One FC North Carolina FC… Joined the FC North Carolina FC academy from 2016 to 2022 and also made several appearances for the Under-23 team… Made his professional debut for North Carolina FC on October 1 , 2021, vs. Toronto 2… Set to join his father and head coach John Kerr and older brother Cameron Kerr as members of the Duke men’s football program.

Josh Kim

Job title: Defensive midfielder/outside defender
Native city: Whitestone, New York
Secondary school: Cardenas (Bueno Aires, Argentina)
Club: Atlanta (Argentina)

Before the Duke: Played for several clubs in Argentina, including Atlanta, Espanyol, Argentinos Juniors and Ferro Carril Oeste… Played for Atlanta’s second team before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic … Appointed captain of Espanyol, scoring three goals and seven assists … Winning two consecutive Buenos Aires Cup championships at Espanyol … Earned screenings in Burgos and Valladolid in Spain before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jackson Lagos

Job title: midfield center
Native city: Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Secondary school: Blake School
Club: Minnesota United

Before the Duke: Most recently a member of the Minnesota United Academy since his first season in 2019… Played under his father, Manny Lagos, Head of Minnesota United Football Operations… Trained extensively with the Minnesota United first and second team… Graduated from heading MLS Next fest in 2021… Formerly part of Minneapolis United, helping them win the 2018 state championship… Played high school football at Blake High, helping the team win the 2018 state championship… Led the team as a freshman and earned state honors in that season… Appointed an AP Fellow at Blake… Also served as an admissions ambassador.

Jose Ortega

Job title: Winger/Attacking midfielder
Native city: Bethesda, Maryland.
Secondary school: Georgetown Preparatory School
Club: Bethesda SC

Before the Duke: Coming to Durham after a well deserved stint at Bethesda SC… Won several titles during his time at Bethesda SC including State Cup, Regional Cup, EDP Cup, OBGC and Dallas Cup… East Coast top scorer and top 10 scorer at national level … Earned trials with several different international clubs including Arsenal Puma Trials (2016-17), Mainz, Darmstadt & Sandhausen (Germany, 2017-18) … Competed with the Guatemalan U-17 national team at the CONCACAF tournament in 2019… Earned first honors in three years at Georgetown Preparatory School… Member of Spanish Club, Business Club, KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) and Best Buddies.

The Blue Devils will open their season in August, with the 2022 schedule to be announced soon.

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