BATON ROUGE -- Wednesday was an important day for women’s soccer programs across the country as high school recruits made their college decisions known by signing National Letters of Intent with their respective universities on National Signing Day.
The nationally-ranked LSU soccer program was no different as head coach Brian Lee added the services of three prep standouts who will suit up with the club beginning in the 2008 season.
The recruits from the Class of 2008 who have decided to continue their athletic and academic pursuits at LSU include goalkeeper Mo Isom of Marietta, Ga., defender Brittany Potts of Aurora, Ill., and forward Hannah Jobe of Baton Rouge.
“We’re very pleased with the outcome of this signing class as it fills some specific needs that we have both in the short term and in the long run,” Lee said. “Each of these young ladies possesses the characteristics both on and off the field that will allow them to succeed in our program. Team chemistry is always important, and we expect them to fit in very well with our returning players.”
Isom, who graduated from Lassiter High School in December and is already enrolled at LSU, is considered one of the nation’s premier goalkeeper recruits for the Class of 2008 and will have the opportunity to compete against one of the nation’s toughest schedules this spring.
Isom is one of the most decorated recruits to ever sign with the Tigers as she was named a youth All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2006 and followed that with an all-region selection by the organization in 2007.
She has been an active member of the Region III Olympic Development Program Team since the 2005 season and has competed internationally with the squad as a U-17 U.S. adidas All-Star.
Isom boasts an impressive 10-0-0 mark with 10 shutouts in 10 career international matches against U-17 teams from Austria, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Sweden. She also took part in the ODP U-19 National Training Camp in Ventura, Calif., in 2007 and 2008.
“Mo is without a doubt one of the top goalkeeper recruits in the country in this signing class,” Lee said. “She is a tremendous athlete who possesses all of the physical tools to develop into one of the top goalkeepers in all of women’s college soccer. She also adds a new dimension to our team because she can punt the ball 75 yards and her goal kicks are excellent.
“The fact that she is enrolled for the spring semester will only help her mature as we begin our offseason training program. She will feel more like a sophomore in the fall after facing the likes of North Carolina, Duke, Texas and Texas A&M this spring. Mo is someone who will represent LSU very well on and off the playing field.”
Potts will continue her already stellar career at LSU after graduating from Neuqua Valley High School in Aurora, Ill., this spring. She is the sister of LSU’s two-time All-SEC defender Chelsea Potts as the duo will anchor the middle of the defensive back line in the fall.
Potts comes from an impressive soccer background that includes a five-year stint with arguably the premier club program in the country in Eclipse Select.
She helped lead Eclipse Select to United States Youth Soccer Association regional and national championships in 2006. The squad was ranked as the No. 1 club team in the nation during the regular season in 2007 by both Soccer America and NationalSoccerRanking.com.
“Brittany is just what the doctor ordered for our team in this signing class,” Lee said. “We’ve got a veteran team coming back, but we could certainly use another ball-winning, athletic center back and defensive midfielder to give us the depth we need to compete for an SEC championship in 2008. We feel like Brittany will play a major role in our success in the fall.”
Jobe comes to LSU from Bethany Christian School in Zachary as one of the top recruits in the state of Louisiana for the Class of 2008. A versatile forward and midfielder, Jobe has been a member of the Louisiana State ODP Team and the Baton Rouge Soccer Club since 2002.
Lee said that Jobe is cut in the mold of all-conference standout Roslyn Jones as she possesses all of the characteristics that are necessary to make an impact both on and off the field for the Tigers.
“Hannah is probably the top forward to come out of Louisiana in this class,” Lee said. “She is an athletic prospect who we feel has a chance to really flourish in our environment. She reminds our staff a lot of Roslyn Jones at the same age, and we feel like she possesses the skills to make an impact on our program both on and off the field during what is sure to be a brilliant career.”
The signing of Isom, Potts and Jobe will give the Tigers one of the deepest rosters in the SEC as they look to build on their most successful season in program history after winning their first SEC Western Division title and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament this past fall.
“We’re continuing to make progress on a national level, and we’re excited about how these kids will fit in with our veteran nucleus that keeps getting better every day,” Lee said. “They will have great role models with the likes of Rachel Yepez, Malorie Rutledge, Casey Crawford and others already in the program that can show them how to become the best student-athletes they can be.”