By the time Deyna Castellanos first stepped foot on Florida State’s campus, she was already a celebrity in Venezuela. Her soccer exploits had earned her north of 100K Twitter followers and 400K on Instagram, and her growing profile made her maybe the most impressive recruit in the entire 2016 class.
A large part of her celebrity involved her contributions as a game-changing 15-year-old on the 2014 U17 World Cup team. Castellanos scored six goals – four of them game-winners – at the event two years ago. Venezuela reached the semifinal before being stopped by Japan, the first time this squad even reached the knockouts.