Carolina defender commits to Crimson Tide

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Caroline Alexander, a Class of 2013 defender from Charlotte, N.C., has verbally committed to Alabama, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.

Alexander plays for Charlotte SA in the ECNL where she has played every year since the under-9 squad. She has twice been selected a regional Olympic Development Program player and three times a North Carolina ODP player.

At Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.), Alexander earned All-Conference and All-Region honors in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. She enters her junior year this spring as a two-time returning starter.

Alexander becomes the second confirmed commit to Alabama for the Class of 2013, joining Hailey Brohaugh.

Why Alabama?: "When I was a sophomore in high school my ECNL team took a trip down to Birmingham for a game. Because it was early in the recruiting process my coaches thought it would be beneficial if we went to visit the University of Alabama. Immediatley, I knew that I could see myself there. Last summer, some of my teamates and I went to the Alabama camp. I was able to get to know the coaches on a more personal level. I also was able to see all of the great facilities Alabama has to offer not to mention the Newks [Cafe] in viewing distance from the soccer field. In September, I was able to go down for an unofficial visit. I had the opportunity to stay with the players and watch football and soccer. After that weekend I knew that Alabama was the place for me."

What did you learn about the recruiting process?: "I learned that the recruiting process is stressful! There were so many coaches at all of the showcases and it can make it very nerve racking. I learned that you really need to start visiting schools early to get a feel for what you want. I think camps are the most beneficial because you are able to get to know the coaches and other players on a personal level. Also, I have learned that first you need to pick the school you love regardless of soccer. Just because players are commiting around you it doesn't mean you have to speed up your decision."