Alabama picks up Mississippi midfielder

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Hailey Brohaugh, a Class of 2013 midfielder from Madison, Miss., has verbally committed to Alabama, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.

Brohaugh is an established figure at regional ODP events, including last weekend’s Thanksgiving Interregional. Her years at Chicago Fire Juniors of Mississippi have been marked with accolades including five straight years as state ODP and trips with the Region II ODP team to Costa Rica and Paris.

She made an impact at Madison Central (Madison, Miss.) as a freshman and sophomore. In January she scored a hat-trick in a playoff game as the Jaguars were on their way to a Mississippi 6A state championship.

Brohaugh becomes the first confirmed commit to Alabama for the Class of 2013.

Other Schools Considered: South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi State, Samford and Southern Methodist University.

Why Alabama?: "When I first went to visit Alabama as a sophomore I thought it was a really pretty campus and they had great facilities. This year I went back for a recruitment weekend and I was able to meet with the coaches and the team, watch them play, as well as attend a football game. I realized how much of a family the team was and what a great atmosphere there was on the entire Alabama campus. Coach Todd [Bramble], Jason [Lowe], Tatum [Clowney] and their players really made me feel at home, like it could be my second home. Also, UA is only a three-hour drive for me, so my family could come watch me play and I could drive home over the weekend if I needed to. Overall my heart lead me to choose Alabama because of their awesome coaching staff, great players and the rich tradition Alabama has in both athletics and academics."

What did you learn about the recruiting process: "Start looking for a college choice as soon as possible. As a freshman I thought college visits were weird, but now I realize that I needed to take them more seriously. Having to decide where you want to go will sneak up on you real fast, and if you haven’t looked enough it will be hard. What also surprised me was all the rules you have to follow, like when you can talk to them and when they can talk to you."