Danielle Tolmais, a Class of 2013 forward and midfielder from Wildwood, Mo., has verbally committed to Memphis, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.
Tolmais plays for the ECNL’s St. Louis Scott Gallagher and has led the team in goal scoring each of the past two seasons. She’s a state Olympic Development Program player and has attended Regional ODP camps, as well.
On the high school pitch, Tolmais helped lead Lafayette (Wildwood, Mo.) to a district championship and a conference championship in 2011. She also coaches at numerous area soccer camps, and helps younger girls with soccer clinics and instruction.
Tolmais becomes the third confirmed commit to Memphis for the Class of 2013, joining Alison Holland and Summer Schafer.
Other Schools Considered: West Virginia, Texas Christian, SIU-Edwardsville, San Diego State.
Why Memphis?: "Memphis was the ideal college for me. When I visited, the girls were very welcoming and I felt very at home there. Memphis is a complete package for me, considering the players, the coaches, the campus, and the academics. Not only that, but Memphis is closer to home than many of my other choices. I could definitely learn a lot from everyone I will be surrounded by. The soccer background of the team and the coaches is impressive and inspiring. They take very good care of their players, but there is always just as importance in education as there is in soccer. There is nowhere else in the country that I would rather be."
What surprised you the most about the recruiting process?: "The recruiting process was a very stressful and vigorous one for me, and I didn’t realize how early it started. I was already contacting colleges by my sophomore year, and already had a huge amount of coaches lined up at each of my ECNL games. I learned how important it was to take in consideration a decent amount of different types of schools, to see what you like and what you don’t like in a college."