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Braden Blackburn ‘23 Recruiting Profile

  • Dixie Heights High School
  • Men's Soccer
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Braden Blackburn's Men's Soccer Recruiting Profile
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Personal Statement

I started playing soccer at the age of 3 and haven't looked back. I've always had a passion for three things: sports, family, and God. 

I live with my parents and my two brothers, I go to Dixie Heights High School, and I play for the Northern Kentucky Soccer Academy Pro team. 

Sports and my family aren't the only things that have influenced my life though.  I went to Spain on a missions trip in 2019 and it changed my life. I got to help people and influence others in a way I never thought possible. I immediately fell in love with the country of Spain and the people that live there. 

One of the reasons I want to go to college is to get a degree that can help me help others. There are so many people that have it way worse off than me, and I just want to help them out. 

I want to use soccer to help me help others. I'm not entirely sure what that looks like yet but I know that's what I want to do. 

Like I said I have played soccer ever since I can remember and its been one heck of a journey so far and I can't wait for the next step. I love this game so much and I want to play it at the next level more than anything else. 

Soccer has taught me that even when nobody believes in you or you're the underdog it doesn't matter. If you fight hard enough you'll get somewhere eventually. 

My freshman year I played freshman and JV and I was the backup for the varsity team. Me and the freshman team were undefeated going into the tournament but we drew against an amazing team and nobody thought we were going through. 

We ended up beating our opponents 1-0 and it just got better from there. After a few tight games we made it to the final against the only other undefeated team in our area. 

Everyone believed that they were so much better than us. After full time it was 1-1 and we went to penalties. We went seven rounds and I made 4 saves in the shootout including the game winner. 

I was one of the captains of that team and after being the reason we had lost in my 7th grade year I had finally redeemed myself and it was amazing. We were the only ones that believed in us and we managed to pull it out. 

I tell this story to demonstrate my point that just because you're an underdog or you're down, you're never out and that right there is what this game has taught me. 

I want to do well both on and off the field. I aim to keep all A's and B's through all of my high school and college career. Academics are just as important as sports so I will work equally as hard at both. 

I am a great leader and will always be an upbeat and encouraging voice in your locker room.  I will be a leader on and off the field in the way I play, talk, and in the way I conduct myself. 

-Braden Blackburn


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 2 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 1 year
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #1
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Jersey: #1
  • 2019 Freshman Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #1
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Region, Captain
  • Team Awards:
    Regional Champs
  • 2019 Junior Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #1
  • Individual Awards:
  • 2018 Freshman Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #1
  • Individual Awards:
  • 2017 Freshman Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #1
  • Individual Awards:
    Player of the month x2

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 3 seasons
  • 2019 NKSA (U14)
  • 2018 NKSA (U13/U14)
  • 2017 NKSA (U13)

Coach References

  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Jonah Ritter
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • David Shemilt
  • High School Head Coach
  • Trey Crone



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High School Information

High School:
Dixie Heights High School
(859) 341-7650

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Spanish 2 Honors English 2 Honors Algebra 2 Honors
AP Classes:
Yes. AP US Government
Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?

Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • AB and A honor roll throughout my whole middle school and high school career so far.
  • Activity
    • US Soccer Grassroots Referee Serve as a leader in pre school and kids ministry at Florence Baptist Church Volunteer at Hope Ministries International Missionary in Spain Church Creative Team Member

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