High-scoring forward picks UW-Green Bay

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Cheenuj Shong, a Class of 2012 forward/midfielder prospect, confirmed Monday that he has verbally committed to Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Shong scored 41 goals this past high school season for Ronald Reagan College Prep (Milwaukee, Wis.), helping the team to a 22-2-1 season.

He plays for FC Milwaukee under-17/18s in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Last season, as a member of FC Milwaukee's under-15/16 squad, Shog started in 14 of the 23 matches in which he appeared, scoring three goals.

Shong is the fifth confirmed commitment to UW-Green Bay, joining Wisconsin native Chris Whalen and a trio of Canadian players: Nicholas Axhorn, Jordan Dover and Tremaine Nelson.

Other Schools Considered: UW-Parkside

Why UW-Green Bay?: "I was also considering UW-Parkside, but when the chance to play Division I soccer came along, I had to take my opportunity because I knew that playing Division I soccer would make me a better player and the competition will be much higher than Division II. UW-Green Bay's campus is also the size of what I was looking for because it's not too small, but at the same time, it's not too big. I also considered the student-to-teacher ratio, which is much similar to my high school. I wanted to go to a college that I could get to know the teacher and not like the other big colleges that have the huge lecture halls and plus-sized classes. I felt like Green Bay was another home."

What did you learn about the recruiting process?: "Something that I learned about the recruiting process would be that it was much easier than I thought it would be, and the coaches considered all of your thoughts as well as comments. I felt really comfortable talking with the coaches of Green Bay and am looking forward to a great and successful college career."