March 8, 2010
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette men's soccer team signed Tramayne "TeeJay" East to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Louis Bennett announced Monday.
East, a 6-foot-2 forward, played on the Under-20 Jamaican National Team for the CONCACAF Tournament under head coach Donovan Duckie. In 2009, East played in the Comunidad de Madrid U-18 Tournament in Spain, where he competed in with his former club soccer team, Real Salt Lake Florida.
Based in Tampa, East led RSL Florida in scoring as the squad claimed the 2009 Florida State Cup, finished as quarterfinalists in 2008, and won the Club Director's League in 2007. He now plays with HC United, also out of Tampa.
"This is a player who was highly recruited by many other schools. It's like the bonus ball of our recruiting class," said Bennett. "This is someone who was still available and for one reason or another, we were the right fit. He is a good fit for our program, he is a good fit for our team. He's a coach's son, so he thinks about the game in a specific kind of way. He has a lot of really positive traits that will help him do well, not only at Marquette but in the BIG EAST."
East, whose international experience will serve well at Marquette, will fit into the style of play immediately.
"He can play the lone striker, because he can play as a target man or as a striker that runs away from people and runs through holes," Bennett said. "A lot of our strikers like to find holes and run through them, but he's a guy who is big and strong enough, at 6'2", to play a target man. He can take a lot of attention away from our other players. If they don't pay attention to him, he can do damage to defense. This kind of player is difficult to find because he's a large, mobile, fast striker. Obviously, he's been with the Under-20 Jamacian National Team in their training camp. He definitely has an island flair to his game."
Born in New York, he was a three-year varsity starter with Lecanto High School. He now plays under head coach Chigozie Offor at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Fla. As a senior at TCHS, East led the squad to the district and regional championships, as well as the state semi-finals.
In 2009 at Lecanto, East was the leading scorer for the Panthers, and helped the team to the district championship and regional quarterfinals, earning high school player of the year and all-area first team honors. A season earlier, he was named all-county first team, and the district and county scoring champion while guiding LHS to the district championships and regional semi-finals.
With Citrus United Soccer Club from 2005 to 2007, East was voted Team MVP as he led the team in scoring and assists en route to being the 2007 U.S. Club Soccer Co-Champions.
East joins other players in Bennett's 2010 recruiting class, including Paul Dillon, Dennis Holowaty, Bryan Ciesiulka, Charlie Hoover, Charlie Lyon, Eric Pothast and John Mau. East is the lone forward among the eight incoming student-athletes. Information about the other members of the 2010 recruiting class can be found here.