PDA midfielder bound for Rutgers

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Tori Prager, a Class of 2013 midfielder from Mt. Laurel, N.J., has verbally committed to Rutgers, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.

Prager’s success stretches from her club team at PDA to her high school team at Lenape (Medford, N.J.). With PDA, she attended the US Youth Soccer National Championships in 2011 and has attended a number of regional Olympic Development Program camps and two National ID camps. She has been a team captain for PDA since 2005.

In high school play, Prager started as a freshman, sophomore and junior for Lenape, which won three straight New Jersey state championships during that time.

Prager becomes the fourth confirmed commit to Rutgers, joining Jan Andresen, Erin Smith and Madison Tiernan.

Other Schools Considered: South Carolina, Wake Forest, Lehigh, West Virginia, Virginia, Harvard.

Why Rutgers?: "Although I had an opportunity to visit several quality schools with established and successful soccer programs, choosing Rutgers was a relatively easy decision. My priorities in life have always been focused on family and friends as well as working hard in the classroom and on the athletic field. Rutgers is an excellent academic institution. I believe the educational opportunities that exist at Rutgers are second to none. Although a large amount of my time will be committed to the Rutgers soccer program, the emphasis and importance that the Rutgers athletic department places on academics for the student/athlete was very impressive. On my visit to Rutgers I was also impressed by the warm and friendly reception I received from the members of the soccer team. They were incredible! Whatever nervousness I had as a high school player meeting a group of prominent Division I athletes completely disappeared as I experienced a sincere and warm welcome. They honestly made me feel as if I was already a member of their team. It was a very humbling experience. I also sensed that there was a very good bond and mutual respect between the players and the coaching staff. The girls on the soccer team are all motivated to continue to learn and improve. Knowing coach [Glenn] Crooks from my ODP experiences, that was not really surprising to me, but it was still great to see. The fact that Rutgers is relatively close to my home in Mount Laurel was an additional plus. My immediate and and extended family has always been very supportive of my soccer career, and playing for Rutgers will allow them an opportunity to visit the Rutgers campus during our home game. I know I am fortunate and feel truly honored to be given an opportunity to become to a Scarlet Knight."

What surprised you the most about the recruiting process?: "It surprised me that as competitive as soccer is, there are so many wonderful players and coaches associated with the sport. This applies to all of the schools I visited. I was also surprised and appreciative of the many people that were interested in and took their time to help me make an informed decision in regard to my academic and athletic future. I am very grateful that I have had an opportunity to learn how many great people are associated with the sport at the Division I level. Although I was impressed by the facilities at all of the schools I visited, I learned that it is the people behind the programs that are truly impressive. It was fun, but I am very happy and somewhat relieved it is over."