UNC Wilmington lands CASL midfielder

Kellen Foster, a center mid and Class of 2013 prospect from North Carolina, verbally committed to North Carolina-Wilmington, his family confirmed Wednesday.

Foster earned high school all-state and ESPNHS State All-Star honors this past fall season while playing for state champion and POWERADE FAB 50-ranked Green Hope (Cary, N.C.).

Foster plays club soccer for CASL Chelsea's under-15/16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy team, where he has started 14 of his 16 appearances. He has scored one goal and helped CASL to an undefeated start in league play.

He is the first confirmed commitment to UNC-Wilmington for the Class of 2013.

Other Schools Considered: Richmond.

Why North Carolina-Wilmington?: "I chose UNCW because the soccer program has a strong history of success and a tremendous upside. The CAA is one of the top conferences in the nation and Wilmington can compete with any team in America. I believe Coach [Aidan] Heaney and his staff really have the program moving in the right direction. The atmosphere is also a positive. The city and campus support the soccer program and being at the beach will be pretty awesome.

What surprised you about the recruiting process?: "I was surprised by how quickly I was able to narrow down my list. Of course, some schools took care of that for me. No matter how strong a player you are, some coaches won't see you as a fit. Every coach I spoke with was very nice, very professional, but also very direct. We all know how competitive this process is, so I consider myself blessed to be in this position and thankful for everyone who has supported me as I have come up through the CASL system."