Zero GA Girls signed by HolemanFebruary 2 2011 at 6:46 PM
The Georgia Bulldogs Soccer Dogs signed three players to National Letters of Intent for the 2011 team.
Tori Cooper: Midfielder, Torrance, CA, South Torrance High School. Cooper was first team All-CIF, All-Pioneer League and All-South Bay each year in high school play. In 2010, she was MVP of the Pioneer League; the team finished at runner-up. Cooper plays with the SoCal Blues in club play, and is a three-time Surf Cup finalist.
Tori is a talented and athletic midfielder with excellent vision and the ability to drive a ball 45 yards to a target during the run of play, UGA head soccer coach Steve Holeman said on www.georgiadogs.com. There arent a lot of players like Tori in todays game. What separates Tori is the intangibles things like determination and courage. Her work rate is off the charts.
Bella Hartley: Midfielder/Forward, Wheat Ridge, CO, Wheat Ridge High School. Hartley was first team All-Conference in 2009 and 2010, as well as first team All-State in 2009. She was also an ESPN All-American honorable mention and ESPN Rise Colorado Player to Watch in 2009.
Bella brings a lot of qualities to the table, Coach Holeman said. She can out-run you. She can beat you on the dribble. She can outmuscle you. And she wont think twice about running you over. Plus shes a natural goal-scorer who has a knack for scoring big goals in critical moments. Bella is impossible to miss on a soccer field.
Jenna Owens: Midfielder/Forward, Highlands Ranch, CO, Mountain Vista High School. Owens was first team All-State in Colorado 5A. She was also NSCAA All-Region in 2010. She and Hartley were teammates on Real Colorado, where they took the state title in 2008 and made it to the finals in 2007. Owens also was the teams second-leading scorer.
Jenna is an all-around talent who is comfortable in the midfield or up top, Coach Holeman said. She brings so much to the table. Shes got pace and power and bite. She can defend and attack. She is very smooth on the ball and is remarkable at dancing out of pressure. She has exceptional technical ability and a knack for delivering the killer ball to spring a teammate in behind the defense. Jennas talent as a distributor her vision, the weight and timing of her passes, her ability to play with any surface its really something.
UGA has been working hard to make soccer a presence in Athens, as well as in college play, and Coach Holeman hopes that goal will be supported by the excitement and talent that the new class of recruits will bring this year.
Were very excited about this signing class, Coach Holeman said. Were adding three players who can potentially start right out of the gates. All of them are talented, extremely hard workers, and exceptionally competitive. They add a degree of bite that will help push us to the next level.
The UGA Soccer Dogs were 11-6-4 in 2010, reaching the SEC Championships semifinals, and ranking as high as No. 17 in the Top 25. Also, the team will return nine players who have started 10 or more games in a season. So, the 2011 season looks bright for Coach Holeman and the UGA Soccer Dogs
Not good as you think he would have learned
|February 3 2011, 12:57 AM |
from the mistakes of Patberg. At least Baker was able to recruit the GA kids and he had great success at UGA.
Re: Not good as you think he would have learned
|February 3 2011, 2:45 PM |
Give him a break. Coming in at the time he did, most of the better GA 2011's were already committed. The two best GA players for 2011 were verbally committed to GA, but decommitted because he was a coach that neither knew from a lower ranked school. Both went on to better ranked programs. Granted, for one of them, word on the street is that he should have made a better effort with one of them. But there seems to be a credible amount of excellent GA players coming in for 2012 and even 2013.
Is this going to be Sue Patberg 2.0? The latest version? (eom)
|February 3 2011, 9:54 AM |
It may take a while
|February 3 2011, 10:21 AM |
to tell. I know a couple of GA girls who really liked Baker/UGA and were unwilling to go further in the recruiting process once the change was made. IMHO Holeman will have to establish himself as credible within the GA community. If he has another year with no GA girls...ruh roh, raggy. Bulldog nation will start calling him "A boy named Sue.'
GA GIRL/Ponte Vedra Storm U18
|February 3 2011, 10:43 AM |
AM with Ponte Vedra Storm U18 (Frederica Academy on St Simons island, GA)has committed to play for UGA in 2011.
Re: GA GIRL/Ponte Vedra Storm U18
|February 3 2011, 11:38 AM |
No she de-committed when Holeman was hired
|February 3 2011, 11:57 AM |
A different girl that plays on the same team
Re: Not correct
|February 3 2011, 1:44 PM |
Oh - I thought you were talking about someone who was good
Re: Not correct
|February 3 2011, 1:46 PM |
So even is this girl is walking on (which must be the case since she didn't sign), then Holeman still signs nobody from Georgia as the thread states
Re: Not correct
|February 3 2011, 2:09 PM |
Look at 2012 and 2013. GA girls are listed on the recruiting spreadsheet for UGA
Do the committed players with Hope sign?
|February 3 2011, 7:09 PM |
Or do they simply all walk on. If you don't get any money from the school do you sign?
Re: Do the committed players with Hope sign?
|February 3 2011, 10:46 PM |
Well, an NLI specifically lists the athletic aid, so if you have no athletic aid, you would have no letter to sign, correct? Whether that is a "walk on" that includes a tryout, or if you are being offered a roster spot... I have no idea. Anyone?
It could be either.
|February 4 2011, 11:16 AM |
Could be a walk on with a "guaranteed" roster spot (aka a recruited walk on) or there could be a tryout. There's generally more of the former than the latter, but UGA, to cite just one example, did have a young lady try out and make the roster a couple of years ago. She saw little game time but had a great attitude and was a positive addition to the team.
Re: It could be either.
|February 5 2011, 9:29 AM |
Not sure, but I don't think you sign a NLI if you are not receiving athletic aid. The school does have a letter that is sometimes signed on signing day for show as a commitment to be part of the program.
No Athletic $, no need for NLI
|February 6 2011, 5:08 AM |
The NLI is a 1-year contract, renewable at the pleasure of the university, that lists the commitment between the school and the student, i.e. "We'll give you $XXX.xx, to play soccer for 1 year, and in return you agree to do XYZ".
If a student does not receive athletic funds, and is attending school with other means (HOPE, other scholarships, loans, cash, etc.) then there is no NLI, since the athletic department is not investing in the student.
The student is still bound by the NCAA rules for eligibility, so that paperwork still needs to be executed.
Re: No Athletic $, no need for NLI
|February 6 2011, 4:02 PM |
The "1-year" part is an excellent reminder to those girls who have been promised money for multiple years. It means they have to work hard in college & that nothing is really guaranteed. Not to mention, you can be cut after the first year also.
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