Ponte Vedra forward selects Florida

Ponte Vedra standout Brooke Sharp verbally committed to Florida. Bill Fehling /ESPNHS

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Brooke Sharp, a Class of 2013 forward from Ponte Vedra, Fla., has verbally committed to Florida, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.

Sharp plays for Ponte Vedra Storm, a three-time State Cup champion in Florida. She scored the game-winning goal in the 2011 State Cup Final and has been the leading scorer on the team for each of the past four seasons. Sharp has also earned Region III ODP honors.

At Ponte Vedra (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), Sharp led her team to a state semifinal appearance last spring and earned Player of the Year honors in St. John’s County, Fla.

Sharp is the first confirmed commit to Florida for the Class of 2013.

Other Schools Considered: South Florida, Central Florida, East Carolina, Florida State.

Why Florida?: "I really love the college atmosphere at the University of Florida and how it is a college town that strongly supports its university. When I visited there I felt at home and definitely saw myself going there. I love the school spirit that they have for all the sports at Florida and how the students really get into the game day experience. The academics and athletics were both very good at UF which was very important to me. The coaches are great, and I know I will learn a lot from them while I am there. The girls on the soccer team were all really nice and made me feel welcome when I visited there."

What did you learn about the recruiting process?: "I was really surprised how early the recruiting process began. I started getting recruited late in my freshman year when I began contacting different colleges to come watch me play at the showcase tournaments that my club (Ponte Vedra) team played in. I was also surprised with how strict the NCAA rules were when it came to you and the college coaches making contact with each other."