Oakwood SC defender picks Hartford

Cooper D'Ambrosio, a Class of 2012 defender prospect from Andover, Conn., verbally committed to Hartford, according to his family.

D'Ambrosio has made seven appearances in eight matches played by the Oakwood SC under-17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy team this season. He started 28 matches last year with the under-15/16 squad and served as team captain.

At RHAM (Hebron, Conn.) this past fall, D'Ambrosio was the team captain and had five goals and five assists for a state quarterfinalist. He was a four-year starter at RHAM.

D'Ambrosio was part of the Oakwood team that toured Argentina in 2009.

He joins a Hartford recruiting class that includes Shane Dineen, Dillon Holguin, Blake Jones, Anthony LoBello, Andrew Murry and Jason Orban.