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Vanderbilt lands Tennessee defender

Laura Foster helped her high school team to a state title and a POWERADE FAB 50 ranking during the fall high school season. Don De Laria/ESPNHS

RELATED LINKS: ESPNHS Recruiting Central | Class of 2013 Division I Commitments

Laura Foster, a Class of 2013 defender from Knoxville, Tenn., has verbally committed to Vanderbilt, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.

Foster is a two-time state champion at Christian Academy of Knoxville (Knoxville, Tenn.). She had two assists in last weekend’s state championship game, helping CAK to a 3-1 victory. She has twice been selected to the Tennessee All-State team for high school play.

On the club side, Foster plays for US Youth Soccer National League squad Brentwood Premier. She is also a three-time member of the State ODP team.

Foster becomes the third confirmed commit to Vanderbilt for the Class of 2013, joining forward Sasha Gray and goalkeeper Olivia Liebman.

Other Schools Considered: Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida

Why Vanderbilt?: "I really like everything about Vanderbilt. It’s one of the top schools in the country and they have a great soccer program playing in the SEC. I saw where the SEC is sending eight schools to the NCAA tournament this year and it’s very exciting to think about getting the chance to play in such a great conference. I like Derek Greene a lot and think he will be a great coach to play for. All of the girls on the team seem like they get along great and are like a family. They kind of remind me of how close my high school and club teams are.

The campus at Vanderbilt is amazing! I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was when I visited the first time and it’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be. I got to visit during Homecoming and I liked how all students seemed friendly. I’m pumped about playing for Vanderbilt!"

What did you learn about the recruiting process?: "It was a lot harder than I thought, but in a good way. I thought it would be pretty easy to pick a school, but everywhere I went was great! The coaches were all really nice and they all had great facilities. It all kind of ran together a little bit, thinking back on everything I saw and heard at the different schools. They all have pretty nice academic support centers and that was impressive to see how important it was for the kids to get a good education.

"I was also happy that none of the coaches tried to pressure me or say anything negative about the other schools. They really did a great job of telling me and showing me about their program and school. Most of them even encouraged me to look around at different schools and make sure it was the right type of school for me. Even though it was fun, it was stressful to make a decision. I’m really happy about Vanderbilt and I’m glad to have that decision behind me. It’s a relief and takes a lot of pressure off me, but I know I have to work even harder now."