Virginia forward to join South Carolina

Vanessa Kovar (in yellow) has verbally committed to South Carolina. Courtesy of Kovar family

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

Vanessa Kovar, a Class of 2013 forward and midfielder from Manassas, Va., has verbally committed to South Carolina, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.

Kovar is a three-time regional Olympic Development Program player from VSA Heat, and has travelled internationally with the regional team. She is an ESPNHS Top 150 recruit and has participated in numerous youth national team camps.

At Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va.), Kovar led the team in assists as a freshman, then earned second-team all-district honors as a sophomore last spring.

Kovar is the fifth confirmed commit to South Carolina for the Class of 2013, along with Chelsea Drennan, Sophie Groff, Lindsey Lane, and Claire Studebaker.

Other Schools Considered: Virginia, Ohio State, Rutgers, Villanova and Kentucky.

Why South Carolina?: "USC was the ideal choice for me for many reasons. The coaching staff and players made me feel like a part of their family. I wanted to play at a high level in college and USC won the SEC outright last year and the SEC Tournament in 2009. When I stepped on the campus I just felt like this is where I belong."

What surprised you the most about the recruiting process?: "What surprised

me most was how early the colleges begin showing interest in players. The

whole process can be very overwhelming and there are so many things you have

to consider before deciding on what college is the best fit."