Big name surprises commit to small schools

Big name surprises commit to small schools
November 10, 2011

Not every top player is looking for the major program with the sexy name. Nestor Jaramillo wasn’t.

He just wanted a place committed to his future on and off the field; a quality up-and-coming team where he’d feel comfortable.

Jaramillo, the No. 43 ranked player in our 2012 Top 100, found all those things in Wofford where he committed for the 2012 season, spurning other potential big-name choices.  

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“Being at a smaller school is a plus for me because the teachers and coaches give you more of a sense of caring,” Jaramillo said. “When you're having any kind of problems I know they will be there for you, and that's important to me.”

A star striker for South Carolina United FC, it was also a plus for Jaramillo that he gets to play out his college career instate. 

Jaramillo plays with a great work ethic and has a great attitude for the game that compliments his physical skill. 

It will serve him well at the next level that he’ll also be in his comfort zone. 

A second big 2012 prospect also made recent commitment news when John Lujano announced he had verbally committed to SMU. 

Lujano is the No. 67 ranked player in the Top 100 and an athletic attacking presence who stars for Shattuck St. Mary’s Academy. 

“I ended up committing to SMU for next year because of the great academic program, and the fact that they have a really good recruiting class and coaching staff,” Lujano explained.

Lujano will be joining the likes of Michael King, Derek Schrick and Leobardo Vazquez as incoming freshmen. 

Other commitment announcements include:  

Richard Greensfelder (Baltimore Bays) has verbally committed to Wake Forest. Greensfelder is No. 15 in the Mid Atlantic Region. 

Tanner Sica (Match Fit Chelsea) has verbally committed to Long Island for the 2012 season. 

Shane Mulcahy (PDA) has verbally committed to Lehigh for the 2012 season. 

Ismaila Jome (Minnesota Thunder Academy) has verbally committed to UC Santa Barbara for the 2013 season. Jome is No. 15 in the Midwest Region.

Jack Blatchford (Boston Bolts) has verbally committed to Rhode Island for the 2012 season.  

Brian Vail (Slammers FC) has verbally committed to Lehigh for the 2012 season. 

Daniel Erlandson (Blast FC) has verbally committed to Lipscomb for the 2012 season. 

Edward Arrieta (Arsenal FC) has verbally committed to UC Riverside for the 2012 season. 

Trey Patterson (Blackwatch Premier) has verbally committed to Massachusetts for the 2012 season. 

David Witkoff (Columbus Crew) has verbally committed to Georgetown for the 2012 season. 

Stuart McBain (Elm Grove Soccer Club) has verbally committed to Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the 2012 season. 

Cheenuj Shong (FC Milwaukee) has verbally committed to Wisconsin-Green Bay for the 2012 season. 

Blayne Fink (Richmond Kickers) has verbally committed to Virginia Tech for the 2013 season. 

Enrique Hidalgo (Bayside United) has verbally committed to NJIT for the 2012 season. 

Tanner DeFreitas (Carolina FC) has verbally committed to Wofford for the 2012 season. 

Aaron Horvat (Bavarian SC) has verbally committed to Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the 2012 season. 

Zackary Steffen (FC Delco) has verbally committed to Maryland for the 2013 season. Steffen is No. 26 in the Top 100. 
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