FC Dallas Developmental Academy
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Overall: Slated to contribute to two athletic teams at Clemson, as he will play football and men’s soccer … signed a scholarship with men’s soccer but, by virtue of playing football as well, must also count as a football scholarship per NCAA rules … did not play high school football … one of the top 25 high school soccer players in the nation, expected to be a key contributor for Mike Noonan’s top 5 Clemson soccer team … rostered with the United States Under-20 Men’s National soccer team during most recent training camp this past September in Slovenia, and is expected to compete for a spot on the U.S. 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup team.
In High School: Outstanding central midfielder ranked as the nation’s 9th best and 23rd best overall player by Top Drawer Soccer … named to the United Soccer Coaches Association All-American team on Nov. 27, 2019 … has played the last four years for the FC Dallas Academy within the United States Soccer Development Academy … in his four years with FC Dallas has played 67 matches with 55 starts … has scored 25 goals … still has second half of this season to play, concluding this June … so far this year has 5 goals in 10 games … had eight goals in 26 matches in 2018-19 and 11 goals in 28 matches in 2017-18 … in 2018-19 captained FC Dallas to the Academy Championship and won the U18/U19 Golden Ball, as the most outstanding player in USSDA Postseason competition … named to Academy’s “Best XI” at the end of the 2018-19 season.
Personal: Recruited to Clemson by Danny Pearman and Dabo Swinney … Father, P.J. Tessmann, is director of Dabo Swinney’s All-In Team Foundation … expected to enroll at Clemson in June 2020.