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Jelani Pieters, Forward, Sockers FC
Commitment: North Carolina
Off to a hot start to the 2014-15 Academy season with five goals in his first seven games, Jelani Pieters also settled his collegiate future after committing to North Carolina earlier this month.
A versatile attacker who can pull the strings from midfield or finish off attacks from up front, Chapel Hill was simply the right place for him.
“I chose UNC because of its very strong combination of athletics and academics and its very strong business school," Pieters told TopDrawerSoccer.com. "I saw myself as a good fit with the soccer program because I enjoyed watching them play and they have a style that encourages creativity.”
Pieters also came away impressed by the way the school treated its student athletes off the field.
“As for the school, I loved the campus and enjoyed being with the team,” he said. “I also found that they had a very good support staff behind athletics and the campus was beautiful. Overall I feel like I couldn't have picked a better school.”
Harrison Gregory, Midfielder, Nomads SC
Commitment: Wake Forest
A Laguna Bech, Calif. native, Harrison Gregory is making the long move east next fall to compete in the ACC for the Demon Deacons.
“Wake Forest offers an ideal blend of attractive soccer and phenomenal academics,” Gregory told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “While on my visit, I simply felt at home; not to mention, the traditions at Wake Forest make for a college experience that I look forward to being a part of.”
Gregory, a Development Academy standout at Nomads, is in the middle of his second season on the team’s U18 side. He’s been trained and mentored former USMNT greats Thomas Dooley and Paul Caligiuri, and is eager to be a part of Wake’s ssyle of play.
“I like that coach Jay Vidovich has built a program focused around possession with a purpose,” Gregory explained. “The style of play is not only attractive, it is effective.”
Seven players are verbally committed to Wake Forest for the class of 2015.
Midfielder Dade Horton (Dallas Texans) committed to Northeastern State for the class of 2015.