Charlotte forward chooses Virginia Tech

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Sarah Phillips, a Class of 2013 forward from Charlotte, N.C., verbally committed to Virginia Tech, her family confirmed to ESPNHS.

Phillips helped her high school team at Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, N.C.) to the state final last spring as a sophomore. She has started both years of her high school career and led the team in goals as a freshman during the spring 2010 campaign. She earned all-conference and all-region honors in both her freshman and sophomore seasons.

Phillips plays club soccer with Charlotte SA, and is a four-time State ODP player. She has also attended regional and national training camps over the past three seasons, and has served as team captain for Charlotte.

She becomes the fourth commit to Virginia Tech for the Class of 2013, joining Candace Cephers, Blayne Fink and Murielle Tiernan.

Other Schools Considered: Clemson, Davidson, Wake Forest, UNC Charlotte

Why Virginia Tech?: "I chose Virginia Tech because I connected well with the coaches and felt comfortable with them. They were friendly and open with me which made it easy to talk to them. Also Virginia Tech is in the ACC and I’ve always wanted the competitive atmosphere of that for soccer. Virginia Tech’s campus stood out to me by how beautiful and different it was. The atmosphere of the school is wonderful, and the student body has such great school spirit and is so connected. When I was there for my unofficial I met some of the players and they were very welcoming and I felt comfortable with them, I knew it was the right place for me."

What surprised you the most about the recruiting process?: "The thing that surprised me the most is how early the process starts. I was e-mailing coaches for them to come watch me as a freshman, and as a freshman I had no idea what I wanted in a college or what to expect. I was taking visits to colleges as a sophomore and narrowing down my choices. Early of my junior year as student athlete I already know where I am going and half of my senior friends that aren’t athletes don’t know where they are going."