Texas A&M lands top Oklahoma player

Elizabeth Keester, a Class of 2013 forward from Tulsa, Okla., has verbally committed to Texas A&M.

Keester’s list of accomplishments is long. She was named the Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year in Oklahoma last summer and she earned the Golden Ball award at the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships. Her club team, TSC Hurricane U17, reached the final last year at the US Youth Soccer National Championships. This year, Hurricane competes in the ECNL.

She plays high school soccer at Jenks (Tulsa, Okla.) and was named the Tulsa World All-Metro Player of the Year after her sophomore season.

Keester has been selected for the U17 Women’s National Team pool, and has been ranked in the Top 50 recruits for the Class of 2013 by ESPNHS.

Keester becomes the second confirmed commit to Texas A&M for the Class of 2013, joining goalkeeper Taylor Saucier.

What other schools were you considering? UCLA, Florida State, Texas, Stanford, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, West Virginia, South Carolina, Miami, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Baylor, Princeton, Central Florida, Illinois, Tulsa, Mississippi St, , Kentucky, Pitt, Penn, Michigan State, Connecticut, Indiana, Rice,Tennessee, Cal Poly, Memphis and LSU.

What made Texas A&M an attractive choice? "Texas A&M really has a family atmosphere and I felt welcome as soon as I stepped on the campus. Coach G [Guerrieri], Phil [Stephenson] and Lori [Stephenson] talk about family values and how important that is at A&M. Also, whenever I would talk with the coaches I liked what they said and I completely trusted everything they told me and believed they would not tell me anything but the honest truth. They really want me at A&M and have a plan for me and how to make me a better player. Their housing, soccer and training facilities are awesome. Also, they have top notch teachers and faculty and are always accommodating to a person's specific academic needs. I feel like being a student athlete has a true meaning at A&M and they are 100 percent determined to get the best from you on and off the field. Lastly, A&M has an outstanding tradition that has led to much deserved support from their fans. I believe they have the best fan support in the nation and that contributes to the positive atmosphere on campus. It will be so much fun to play there."

What surprised you the most (or what did you learn) about the recruiting process? "What surprised me the most about the recruiting process is how it begins so early now. When my sister went through the process it was much later in her high school years. Although I appreciate knowing where I am going to school, the process is a lot to put on a sophomore in high school. It’s very tough to analyze all the schools, consider all the factors and make so many important decisions. I’m glad it’s over."