Recruiting Update

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redd38
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Apparently got a commit today
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3x
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Expert Analysis said:

3x


Yes, odd. Maybe triplets? Or G accidentally pressed the submit button 3 times? Weird to get three commits on a random Tuesday
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Olivieri is graduating early and will be at A&M next year.
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Looks like the NCAA is adopting new recruiting rules. Saw a story on Top Drawer Soccer.
Looks like no communication until June 15 after a player's sophomore year and no visits until after August 1 before the junior year. I assume if a player goes to a camp that doesn't count.

I was wondering if Barbara Olivieri was playing her last high school game when Tompkins lost in the state championship final. She scored a goal in the semifinal.

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Caroline Kniffen committed, HS class of 2022 from Dallas
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Caroline Kniffen is great kid who happens to also be elite soccer player.

New NCAA rule, as of May 1st (today) you have to be a junior to commit to a school. So yesterday was the last day someone could commit before these new rules go in effect. Thus the reason we had three commitments from underclassmen yesterday.
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So the next time G could make an offer to a current high school freshman is after June 15, 2020? I wonder if G can have any communication at all with a current freshman who has committed until then. I guess that also means the 2021 recruits cannot be contacted until June 15 of this year.
The early signing date for football really changed that sport's recruiting.
There is a disparity between sports. A football recruit can make an unofficial visit anytime but a soccer recruit, as well as other sports, cannot make an unofficial visit until August 1 before their junior year.
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I think the new way is better for us (and other top programs). We'll still get the same percentage of top recruits as before, but now those top recruits will be 2 years older so less risk that they don't develop like you were expecting them to in high school.
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redd38 said:

I think the new way is better for us (and other top programs). We'll still get the same percentage of top recruits as before, but now those top recruits will be 2 years older so less risk that they don't develop like you were expecting them to in high school.
The new way is also better for the players. It reduces pressure to commit when you see your teammates committing so early, and it reduces anxiety that comes from your teammates getting great offers early while you haven't yet had "quality" offers.

It's particularly good for the late bloomer, whether that be late in terms of skill/technique development or size/speed or both. These girls will get more looks from the better programs.

BUT, the first part of the junior years will be recruiting feeding frenzies that ought to be fun to watch. And maybe the pressure/anxiety reduction is actually just delayed and then condensed to a shorter time period.
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I have a friend who is the mother of an elite lacrosse player. She told me the story of how her daughter's phone blew up with calls and texts from coaches on the east coast at 11:01 pm on the day before contact was allowed (i.e., at right after midnight on the east coast, so literally a minute into the day on which contact was first allowed). Sounds like the new rule will make for some fascinating late summer nights for the best soccer players in their junior HS years. What a rush that must be for the kids getting recruited!
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The Top Drawer Soccer Recruiting Roundup for June 17 says we have a 2021 commitment from Natalie Abel of Rancho Mission Viejo California and the So Cal Blues. I think the new recruiting rules don't allow contact until after June 15 after a players sophomore year so that must be what happened. Seems like G's recruiting in California is picking up again.
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Finally updated the commitment lists with the more recent commitments listed above. I have to say that Caroline Kniffen is an absolute steal and she is going to be very, very good. Has a great first touch on the ball, can pass with touch, and is elite at getting crosses into the box like Lopez currently does except she does it from the right flank. I also like Carolyn Calzada who is on the U-17 National Team. She could be special as well.

Makhiya McDonald recently was bumped to 5-star status after a strong Spring/Summer season. She is just clinical in front of goal and is fast and strong on the ball.

We may not see many more commitments until next Summer 2020 with the new recruiting rules as others have pointed out. 2022 kids can commit at that time but no one else, so this will make recruiting pretty crazy in the Summer months from now on with a deluge of commitments to keep up with then.
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HiddenAg2 said:


F Anderson Williams, 5'8", Calgary, AB (Vancouver White Caps) *** - Anderson might be the first prospect from Canada to play at A&M.


You forget Catalina "Canada" Clavijo
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Finally updated the commitment lists with the more recent commitments listed above. I have to say that Caroline Kniffen is an absolute steal and she is going to be very, very good. Has a great first touch on the ball, can pass with touch, and is elite at getting crosses into the box like Lopez currently does except she does it from the right flank. I also like Carolyn Calzada who is on the U-17 National Team. She could be special as well.
Carolyn Calzada is the sister of Aggie QB Zach Calzada.

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Thanks for the update Hidden! Look forward again to your thoughtfull post match analysis.
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Thanks for the update. I had not heard about Kate Colvin. Thanks for the link to the Houston Chronicle story on her.
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Tomorrow is signing day for Aggie Soccer!
 
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