Syracuse lands decorated forward

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Emma Firenze, a Class of 2013 forward from Baldwinsville, N.Y., has verbally committed to Syracuse, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.

Firenze plays for Empire United and is a five-time Regional ODP player. She’s played in the ODP National Camp and has travelled with the team to Russia and Costa Rica.

At Baldwinsville (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Firenze made her mark while earning all-section and a local first-team all-star each of her first three seasons. She was an ESPNHS State All-Star last season and was the 2010 Central New York Co-Player of the Year. This year, she helped lead the Bees to the regional title game in November.

Firenze plans to join her sister, Jackie, at Syracuse. Jackie Firenze has verbally committed to Syracuse for the Class of 2012.

Emma Firenze becomes the first confirmed commit to Syracuse for the Class of 2013.

Other Schools Considered: Boston University, Penn State, St. Johns and Virginia.

Why Syracuse: Being so close to home and because my sister Jackie also committed there was a big part of my choice. I also was very impressed with Coach Phil Wheddon and the direction that the team has come in a short time. I grew up watching Syracuse University sports and I grew to enjoy many teams in the Big East, but then I was so excited to hear that the program would soon be moving to the ACC because I feel I will be playing against some of the best soccer teams in the country."

What surprised you the most about the recruiting process?: "I was surprised by so many of the rules with emails, phone calls, etc. I was lucky that I have played up an age group all of my club years so I really got a chance to see and learn from my older teammates of what they went through. It seemed that once my junior year of high school started, I was more ready to make a decision than others in my grade. The things that prepared me the most were the events my club team played in like the USYS National League, Region 1 League, showcase tournaments and ODP. I sent out many e-mails to college coaches to ask them to come watch me play at these events, and thankfully many did."