As Letter of Intent Day approaches, local soccer HS seniors finalize college choices

On Wednesday, many local high school senior soccer players will be signing National Letters of Intent and formally announcing their college intentions.

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ Development Academy (RDA), which was founded in 2007 and began fielding competitive teams in 2010, will be hosting a Signing Day for the third year at Highmark Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Of course, NLI Day is not limited to the RDA and over the course of the next few days and up through Wednesday, I’ll be adding more names to the list and will also be following the announcements of the local Division I college teams like Pitt, Duquesne and Robert Morris as they reveal their 2018 recruiting classes. Since it’s hard to keep up with each and every commitment, the list being shared here includes those that have been provided by local coaches, clubs and in some cases the student-athletes/parents themselves.

Maybe the most newsworthy development as Pittsburgh Soccer Report has been assembling the list of commitments comes from Delaney Snyder – an all-State selection and captain of back-to-back WPIAL/PIAA 3A girls championship teams at Moon, apparently changed her school of choice, from Miami (OH), to University of Louisville.

Players from Norwin’s girls PIAA 4A champion squad are also well represented with six players from the RDA list.

If you know of any local players that will be announcing college soccer commitments, feel free to contact Pittsburgh Soccer Report (pghsoccerreport@gmail.com) or private message me on our Facebook or pghsoccerscribe Twitter account.

 

PITTSBURGH AREA SOCCER COLLEGE COMMITS

Below is our list of players that we know of that will be making their college commitments.

This list is only partial, and we’ll continue to update this list through Wednesday and as additional updates and commitments are made.

 

Girls:

Britney Adrian (PFC/Blackhawk) – Point Park University               

Emily Arnold (RDA / Norwin) – Slippery Rock University

Emily Burke (RDA / Southeast) – Georgia State University

Ella Copich (PFC/Allderdice) – Case Western Reserve

Katy Ericson (RDA / Norwin) – Slippery Rock University

Bailey Farabaugh (RDA / Bethel Park) – Robert Morris University

Marissa Fiala (RDA / Laurel Highlands) – Clarion University

Haley Frizzel  (PFC/ Ringgold) – Waynesburg College

Emily Harrigan (RDA / Norwin) – Rutgers University

Autumn Heinemen (PFC/South Fayette) – Penn State Behrend

Tia Horew – (PFC/Chartiers Valley) – Point Park University

Haley Huber (PFC/Baldwin) – Penn State Behrend

Sophia Hudson (Century / Franklin Regional) – Lafayette College

Courtney Hurey (RDA / West Allegheny) – Robert Morris University

Kristi Kania (RDA / Moon Area) – Miami (Ohio) University

Alexis Kendro (RDA / Norwin) – Duquesne University

Maryn Mathews  (PFC) – La Roche College

Brenna McGuire (PFC/South Fayette) – Penn State Behrend

Jordan Mehalko (PFC/Bethel Park) – Allegheny College

Jordyn Minda (RDA / South Park) – Slippery Rock University

Lyndsee Monac (RDA / New Brighton) – University of Southern Indiana

Hannah Nguyen (RDA / Penn-Trafford) – Duquesne University

Carly Pcholinsky (RDA / South Park) – Akron University

Michelina Rush (Arsenal / Norwin) – Baldwin Wallace

Lauren Schultz (RDA / Wheeling Park) – University of Memphis

Delaney Snyder (RDA / Moon Area) – University of Louisville

Alyssa Victor (RDA / Norwin) – Duquesne University

Sydney Ward (RDA / Greensburg Central Catholic) – University of Akron

Samantha Wexell (RDA / Norwin) – Ohio University

Madison Whipple (Century / Canon McMillan)- Penn State Behrend

Maggie Williams (RDA / Mars Area) – Grove City College

Jessica Wilhelm (Century / Mt. Lebanon) – Elon

Boys:

Sean Atwater (Steel Town Magic / North Allegheny) – Case Western

Jimmy Boyle (Arsenal / Chartiers Valley) – Westminster College

Logan Brinsky (Century / Peters Twp) – PSU Behrend

Ameer Caprini (Steel Town Magic / Ambridge) – Slippery Rock

Dylan Carter (formerly Beadling / RDA /Moon) – Westminster College

David Connelly (Century / Bethel Park) – Seton Hill

Devin Diluca (Chartiers Valley)  – Penn State University Beaver

Josh DiMatteo (Beadling and previously North United / Chartiers Valley) – West Virginia

Christian Egan  (Century /Ringgold) – Mt. Union

Dom Galietta – (Century / Bethel Park) – Colgate

Christian Giannetti (Steel Town Magic / North Allegheny) – Grove City

Grant Glorioso (Steel Town Magic / North Allegheny) – Gardner Webb

Nate Graziani (Beadling / West Allegheny) – Robert Morris University

Luke Greenway – (Century) – Grove City

Mike Gemmell – (Century / Central Catholic) – Washington University, St. Louis

Zach Guidry – (Century / Franklin Regional) – PSU Behrend

Anthony Harding (RDA / Norwin) – Penn State University

Jakob Dunn (RDA / Fox Chapel) – Case Western Reserve

Nolan Hutter (Steel Town Magic / Montour) Dayton

Jake Jashinski (Arsenal / Shaler) – St Bonaventure

Colin Joyner (Arsenal / Kiski Area) – Geneva College

Luke Kelly (Century / Peters Twp) – Duquesne University 

Josh Konkus (Arsenal / Penn-Trafford) – Geneva College

Sean Korpics (Century / Upper St. Clair) – Duquesne University 

Jake Kosuda (West Mifflin) – Penn State University Beaver

Josh Luchini (Steel Town Magic / North Allegheny) – Lehigh University

Zach Marzula (Steel Town Magic / North Allegheny) – Westminster

Jonah Moore  (Century / Canon McMillan) – University of Chicago

Austin Oleksak  (Pittsburgh FC– St. Vincent College

Jake Plumb (Steel Town Magic / Moon) – Robert Morris

Conner Rapp (RDA / Laurel Highlands) – York College of Pennsylvania

Danny Schearer  (Century / Central Catholic) -Slippery Rock

Nate Taylor (Pittsburgh FC  & KO United)/ Keystone Oaks) – Westminster College

Ian Thomas (Steel Town Magic / Obama) – Carnegie Mellon

Mario Ulizzi (Arsenal / Montour) – California University of PA

Tyler VanKirk (West Mifflin) – Penn State University Beaver

Alex Vilcheck  (Century / Yough) – Slippery Rock

Nick Williams (Steel Town Magic / North Allegheny) – Manhattanville

Among some players still undecided: Bryce Gabelhart (Steel Town Magic / Peters Twp), Darryl Daniels (Seton La Salle), Landon Grant (Steel Town Magic / Quaker Valley).

In other commitment news, Nathan Dragisich, a junior at West Allegheny High School and a member of the RDA 2001 boys team, has also announced he’s made a verbal commitment to Duquesne.

MORE ABOUT NLI

The NLI is a voluntary program with regard to both institutions and student-athletes. No prospective student-athlete or parent is required to sign the NLI and no institution is required to join the program.

The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.

  • A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
  • The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

The penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement: A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.

An important provision of the NLI program is a recruiting prohibition applied after a prospective student-athlete signs the NLI. This prohibition requires member institutions to cease recruitment of a prospective student-athlete once an NLI is signed with another institution.

The NCAA manages the daily operations of the NLI program while the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) provides governance oversight of the program. Started in 1964 with seven conferences and eight independent institutions, the program now includes 650 Division I and Division II participating institutions.

 

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