Boys Commitments: Outside the Academy
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Jack Clark, Forward, Cincinnati United Premier
One of the most accomplished clubs outside of the Development Academy, Cincinnati United Premier has developed a knack for sending players to the Division I level.
Their latest is Jack Clark, a strong attacking player who will join the Bearcats in 2014.
“I decided to commit to Cincinnati due to many different reasons,” Clark told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I had a great time during my visits and loved the look and feel of the campus. The academic support that athletes receive there is phenomenal and I considered this as a place where I could succeed both academically and as an athlete.”
Unsurprisingly, head coach Hylton Dayes impressed the youngster.
“Coach Dayes and his staff were an important reason I chose the University of Cincinnati,” Clark said. “He is a very successful coach and his style of play is a great fit for me as a player.”
In his experience with the team, Clark sensed a good vibe from the group, even though he was just a recruit making a visit, as they made him feel at home on his visit.
Of course, off the field amenities certainly helped the recruit make his decision.
“The school itself appealed to me because of multiple reasons,” he said. “The athletic complex is amazing and the newly renovated soccer field was beautiful. The buildings were updated with modern architecture and not just your typical college buildings. The athletic facilities are tightly integrated with the rest of campus making Cincinnati sports a big part of campus life for all students. Cincinnati felt like a great fit for me and will provide opportunities that no other school offered me, both as a player and student.”
Charles Brill, Defender, Fram SC
Commitment: Oregon State
The lure of playing in a competitive conference helped OSU land a left back for its class of 2014.
“The reason I decided to commit to Oregon State University was the level of play within the PAC 12 schedule, quality of the coaching staff and the beautiful campus,” Brill told TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Ties with Oregon State’s assistant coach Adam Pearce while playing ODP initially tipped Brill off to what it might be like playing for the Beavers, and from there the University did the rest.
“I was immediately impressed with the school,” Brill explained. “The soccer program is one big family. During my visits to OSU, all of the players were extremely nice to me and welcoming.
“The school itself is a perfect size and fit for me. Everyone is always in a good mood on campus and the surrounding town of Corvallis. The athletic facilities are world class, which will push me and help to compete and win at the next level.
Midfielder Ozzie Ramos (RAC Milan) committed to San Diego State for the class of 2014.
Midfielder Aaron Tabler (Columbus Express SC) committed to DePauw for the class of 2013.
Midfielder Spencer Taylor (Alliance United FC – TX) committed to Hendrix for the class of 2013.
Goalkeeper Jeremy Booth (Georgia United) committed to Mercer for the class of 2013.
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