Illinois star stays local with Illinois State

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Sarah Zuercher, a Class of 2012 forward from Pekin, Ill., has verbally committed to Illinois State, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.

Zuercher becomes just the second player in history to commit to Division I soccer from Pekin Community (Pekin, Ill.). After her junior season, she has already set school records for most goals in a career with 60 and most assists in a career with 43.

She has twice earned IHSAA All-State honors for high school play. On the club side, Zuercher was part of the inaugural squad for Pekin Pride SC.

Zuercher becomes the second confirmed Class of 2012 commit to Illinois state, joining midfielder Alison Farkos.

Other Schools Considered: St. Ambrose, South Alabama, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Why Illinois State?: "I attended the Redbirds' camp last summer where I became familiar with the field, a couple of players from the team, and coaches. My experience at the camp, the beautiful campus, the inviting environment, and the well-respected nursing program encouraged me to further investigate ISU. When it was time to make a final decision, I decided Illinois State University would be the perfect fit. I was also attracted to the school because both of my parents graduated from Illinois State, and my older sister is currently enrolled as a junior."

What surprised you the most about the recruiting process?: "The recruiting process starts early. It takes a lot of time and effort, but when you start to get the first few e-mails from college coaches it is a great feeling."