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2013 star surprises with early commit

Published: April 28, 2011

I guess when you know, you know.

Promising young prospect Bryce Banuelos surely would have had her share of options had she elected to save her college commitment for at least her junior season, but the 2013 graduate made her decision early.

She chose West Virginia.

“There were three schools I really liked and when WVU was the best choice for me, I was excited to commit,” Banuelos explained. “Coach (Nikki Izzo-Brown) made me feel really welcome and comfortable and I like that West Virginia is always a very good team.

“Now I can focus on training and school.”

girls club soccer player Bryce BanuelosBryce Banuelos
The Eclipse Select midfielder is our No. 41 ranked player on the 2013 Top 100 List. She comes from a great club environment and is a very decisive player – on and off the field.

“We had no problem with an early commitment,” said her parents, Michael and Maria. “We feel the coaches at West Virginia promote a real close team and offer a great system of support for more than just soccer. The soccer was secondary. Academics and training is now the priority for Bryce, and that works for us.”

And with that, here are the rest of the announcements for the week:
 
Emily Rusk (Charlotte Soccer Academy) has verbally committed to Alabama for the 2012 season. Rusk, a goalkeeper, was recently named to an ECNL All-Event team.

Caitlin Biggers (NOKC Football Club) has verbally committed to Oklahoma State for the 2012 season. Biggers is a defender who is ranked No. 15 in our South Region.

Louisiana-Monroe(w) has acquired four new verbal commits for the 2012 season: Helena Meijer (Colorado Rush), Courtnie Northern (Fort Worth FC), Rebecca Calder (Atlanta Fire) and Elizabeth Zupanic (Dallas Sting).

Haley Parkinson (Sereno SC) has verbally committed to Bowling Green for the 2012 season.

Sarah Specter (Carolina Elite Soccer Association) has verbally committed to College of Charleston for the 2012 season.

Megan Benitez (FC Virginia) has verbally committed to George Mason for the 2012 season

Courtney Chung (Sereno SC) has verbally committed to Northern Arizona for the 2012 season.

Jenna Cantor (Bethesda SC) has verbally committed to Cornell for the 2012 season.

Flo Beshiri (NSA Premier) has verbally committed to Creighton for the 2012 season.

ShayLee Miner (Tualatin Hills United SC) has verbally committed to Oregon for the 2013 season

Madison Leek (Tualatin Hills United SC) has verbally committed to Arizona State for the 2013 season.

Allison Wetherington (Concorde Fire Soccer Club) has verbally committed to Portland for the 2013 season. Wetherington is the No. 12 ranked player in the South Atlantic.

Ashlee Schulz (Tualatin Hills SC) has verbally committed to Oregon for the 2013 season.

Briel Crespi (IMG Academy) has signed to Brown for the 2011 season.

 
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