Claire Studebaker, a Class of 2013 midfielder from Summerfield, N.C., has verbally committed to South Carolina, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.
Studebaker earned All-State honors for her success at Northwest Guilford (Oak Ridge Township, N.C.), where she was also named offensive MVP in 2011.
She also competes for Charlotte SA, where she won the US Club Soccer National Championship in 2007. Studebaker was named this year to the Region III ODP team.
Other Schools Considered: Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Princeton
Why South Carolina?: "South Carolina is exactly what I was looking for. The campus is huge and gorgeous. In addition to a great soccer program, there is big time football and I love the feel of a big southern school. The coaches are very relaxed and have a great relationship with the girls who work really hard but also know how to have fun. I like the intensity of the program and I know it will make me a better player."
What surprised you the most about the recruiting process?: "I tore my ACL spring of my freshman year, so I couldn't go to any camps that summer. The whole process got pushed back almost a year and while it was really exciting, it was also stressful. I was shocked at how quickly it unfolded once I was able to play again."