U.S. U17 MNT player changes his verbal

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Zach Carroll, one of the nation's top Class of 2012 prospects, changed his verbal commitment Wednesday night and will now head to the University of Virginia, his father informed ESPNHS.

Carroll is the No. 7-rated prospect in the latest ESPNHS Top 150 for the Class of 2012.

Carroll originally committed to the University of Michigan. However, the recent departure of Michigan head coach Steve Burns allowed Carroll to reconsider his decision.

"Right after the Michigan coach resign[ed], Zach received e-mails or phone calls from other colleges such as Virginia, North Carolina, Georgetown, Akron and Ohio State all asking for an opprotunity to talk with him if he elected to go elsewhere," Mark Carroll, Zach's father, said. "He decided that if he was going to leave Michigan, it was going to be for either Virginia or North Carolina so he made official visits to both universities over the past weekend. He came away from both visits feeling like Virginia was the best fit for him and decided to move on."

Zach Carroll was a member of the U.S. Under-17 National Team for this past summer's Under-17 World Cup.

He plays club soccer for Vardar in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He also played high school soccer this past fall at Grand Blanc (Grand Blanc, Mich.), where he earned both state and national player of the year honors.

Carroll is now part of a UVa recruiting class that includes Brian James from Florida, Darius Madison from Pennsylvania, Jordan Poarch from Delaware, Marcus Salandy-Defour from Maryland, Scott Thomsen from New Jersey and Todd Wharton from Virginia.