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The best talent heads to likely landing spots

Published: February 2, 2012

On Wednesday, college soccer programs began to announce their recruiting classes for the 2012 season. While many of them are still trickling in, some of the top women’s soccer classes already put the finishing touches on the paperwork and the coaches were thrilled to finally go on record about how great their classes are shaping up for next season.

“Just completed signing one of the best recruiting classes for Irish women's soccer since 2005,” Notre Dame head coach Randy Waldrum tweeted on Wednesday.

While Notre Dame has not officially released the class of new players for 2012, some of the standouts announced their signings on their own.

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Cari Roccaro, the #5 ranked player in our top 100 for 2012, announced she signed with Notre Dame on Wednesday via Twitter. Nine others are supposed to join Roccaro in South Bend for the fall including four ranked in our top 100: Katie Naughton (#10), Glory Williams (#15), Stephanie Campo (#39), and Brittany von Rueden (#59).

Notre Dame was not the only program that enjoyed a day full of good news via the fax machine. Oklahoma State also roped in an impressive class of new recruits, which includes the #46 ranked player, Allie Stephenson, and #69 recruit, Delaney Kiely. Five others are joining Stephenson and Kiely in Stillwater for the 2012 season, and coach Colin Carmichael is ecstatic with his new group.

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"These seven young ladies may be the most talented group that we have brought on campus to date," said Carmichael. "We are very excited about the unique qualities that each of these players brings to our team. Not only are they wonderful soccer players, but they all have the values and work ethic that has been a signature of our program over the past several years.”

LSU head coach Brian Lee also thought he brought in one of the most talented classes in the program’s recent history for the 2012 season.

"We're excited that each of these young women decided to continue their athletic and academic careers as LSU Tigers," said Lee. "We feel this class is potentially the most talented we have signed as a group as we continue to build a championship program at LSU. They have the chance to build upon the foundation we've already laid and help us compete for championships for years to come.”

Topping the list of recruits for the Tigers is our #31 ranked player for the class of 2012, Heather Magee. Also signing with LSU on Wednesday was Morgan Ruhl (#80), Haley Emerson, Jade Kovacevic, and Colby Maffei.

It should come as no surprise that North Carolina also had a very good day on Wednesday when the fax machine started receiving the letters of intent. The UNC Athletic Department said it would officially announce the recruiting class later in the spring.

Like with the other programs though, the players were quick to show off their colors. Incoming freshman midfielder Caroline Lindquist signed her letter of intent on Wednesday morning, according to her high school.  

Lindquist is #53 in our ranking for the 2012 class, she is expected to be joined in Chapel Hill by the top two ranked players in our top 100, Bryane Heaberlin (#1) and Lindsey Horan (#2).  Heaberlin actually enrolled at Chapel Hill beginning this semester.

Five star recruit Reilly Parker, Vicky Bruce, Lindsey Harris, and Paige Nielsen are also expected to don the Tar Heel Blue in 2012.

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