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Top Alabama high school player picks UAB

RELATED LINKS: ESPNHS Recruiting Central | Class of 2012 Division I Commitments

Freddy Ruiz, who was selected the state's high school player of the year by the Birmingham news in 2011, signed with the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Wednesday.

Ruiz plays club soccer for the Vestavia Steamers.

Last spring at Fort Payne (Ala.), Ruiz scored 49 goals and let the team to the Class 5A state title. He earned MVP honors at the state tournament after scoring the state final-winning goal in overtime. Ruiz enters his senior high school season with 129 career goals.

Ruiz is UAB's second confirmed player for the Class of 2012, joining transfer Patrick Haung.