Thomas Signs Seven to NLIs

Feb. 5, 2014

BOISE, Idaho—Head coach Jim Thomas has announced the signing of seven incoming freshmen to national letters of intent on Wednesday. The incoming 2014 class hails from California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nova Scotia, and represents all the field positions including one goalkeeper, three defenders, two midfielders and a forward. Thomas emphasized the athleticism of the incoming class as well as the positive impact they will have on the field and in the classroom.

“We’re incredibly excited about the athletes that are coming in,” said head coach Jim Thomas. “They offer a lot of diversity from a positional standpoint as well as the first incoming class that are going to mirror the athletic direction of the team. Certainly our style of play being as expansive as it is and having roles that incorporate a lot of attacking mobility requires a great deal of athleticism. These guys fit the bill there. We’re also excited to bring in a new goalkeeper and bolster that area of our team and start to build toward the future having graduated Maddy McDevitt.”

Dani Brown
Forward
Portland, Ore.
Jesuit High School

Brown received Metro League First Team honors in 2011. She played for Jesuit High School, under the direction of head coach Steve Fennah, and was named state champions in 2010. Brown played club for THUSC Sodium, where they were State Cup champions and Vegas Showcase champions in 2013 and NWCL Champions in 2012.

“I chose Boise State because I fell in love with the school as soon as I walked on campus,” said Brown. “I am very excited to go to a university with a big school feel without being overwhelmed by the size. I am also very excited about the team and coaches I get to play with next year. Boise State is everything I have dreamed of and I can’t wait to start.”

“Dani Brown is an Oregonian, a central forward, and one we’re incredibly excited to put into the front line,” said Thomas. “Our front line is a very strong returning part of our team but lacks an out-and-out central forward. Dani will compete with some excellent players for a lot of playing time there, based mainly of her ability to finish very well in the box. She’s excellent off crosses and excellent with her back to goal. She also has enough pace to stretch teams in open play. It will be nice to have a player with immense comfort in the central part of the field and join what is a great forward group.”

Madi Campbell 
Midfielder 
Tualatin, Ore. 
Tualatin High School 

Campbell is a four year varsity starter at Tualatin High School. She was named team captain in 2013 and received First Team All-League Pacific Conference honors. Campbell won two Oregon 6A state championships at Tulatin. She played on OSSA 95 Blue Crossfire and won two OPL state cup championships and two San Diego Surf Cup Gold Championships.

“Boise is an amazing city that I fell in love with the first time I visited,” said Campbell. “It is the perfect mix of an outdoorsy yet urban environment. The location of the school is perfect for me. I wanted to go out of state but not too far from my friends and family. Attending Boise State allows me to see them with a short 45 minute plane ride. I was also drawn to Boise State because it has the large school atmosphere I was looking for, with a defined campus that is not too spread out. The variety of majors is also very appealing. Boise State has a fantastic soccer program. To be a part of something this special has been a dream of mine for a very long time. It all feels very surreal right now, as I am so excited to become a Bronco and be a part of such an amazing team.”

“Madi Campbell is our second player coming in from Oregon,” said Thomas. “She’s a midfielder with a holding tendency. She’s very clean on the ball and has an incredible work rate that can go box to box with no problem. Madi is certainly a player that is willing to do the small things that help teams click and tie together. This complements our team, where possession and build-up play is such a pivotal crux. Madi is going to come in and make sure that everyone is well connected together. We will use her ability to go box to box to get goals through counter attacks as well as controlled possession. I’m excited for her to show her talents in 2014.”

Sierra Carrington
Defender
Edgewood, Wash.
Puyallup High School

Carrington received SPSL 4A South First Team honors, as well as 2012 First Team All-Area honors by the Tacoma News Tribune. She scored the game-winning goal in overtime to advance Puyallup to the 2012 state championship. Carrington was honored as the most inspirational player three years in a row at Puyallup High School. She played club under Brian Vanbloomstein and Jeff Russ on Washington Premier FC ’95 ECNL and played for the Washington State ODP traveling team.

“I am the type of person that follows my heart and Boise State gave me a gut feeling that I knew I was meant to be there,” said Carrington. “I fell in love with the atmosphere, the women’s soccer program and the wide variety of academic majors. When I went on my official visit to Boise State I felt at home, and because I am passionate about Boise State I want to contribute my time and energy to making a positive impact in the classroom and on the soccer field. I truly love everything that Boise State has to offer and that is why I chose to commit to this welcoming and diverse university.”

“Sierra is from Washington Premier FC; she’s a former foe of mine as I used to coach against her in the youth ranks,” said Thomas. “She has incredible leadership skills and one of the nicest players you will ever meet. She is certainly a player who has played at a high level for state and ECNL championships for many years now. That kind of pedigree and expectancy of winning is what we’re looking to add. She has a lot of experience in multiple positions across the back four and will bolster what is a great returning group for 2014.”

Jenna Clubb 
Defender 
Boise, Idaho 
Timberline High School 

Clubb earned First Team All-Conference honors in 2013. As a three-year starter at Timberline High School, she was named team captain and earned MCP honors. Clubb was named as the 2013 player to watch by the Idaho Statesman. Clubb played for FC Nova under Eric Simmonsen and finished as state champions in 2011 and 2012. She was named as the Top Drawer Soccer Region IV standout player in 2011.

“I chose Boise State because it offers me the opportunity to grow as a player, a student and as a person,” said Clubb.

“Jenna Clubb is an incredibly tall, athletic, imposing central back with the ability to play very cleanly on the ball,” said Thomas. “She marks a change in recruiting for us where we will tend to bring in more Boise-based and Idaho-based players. Jenna is an incredibly skillful player with a lot of experience at both the high school and club level. We’re excited for her to join with the likes of Jess and Hailey for a long term standing back four that will be fantastic in the Mountain West Conference.”

Janelle Flores
Goalkeeper
Hesperia, Calif.
Serrano High School

Flores earned two varsity letters and was named team captain at Serrano High School. Along with earning all-league, all-area and all-CIF honors, Flores was named defensive player of the year in 2013. She played club ball for Laguna Hills Eclipse under Gregg Schroeder, where the team won the 2010 Xtreme Cup, Albion Cup, Cerritos Memorial Cup and the West Coast Classic.

“I chose Boise State because it felt like a home away from home and a place that I would love to see more. I also loved the soccer program because all the girls and the coaches are very welcoming. I cannot wait to be a Bronco!”

"Janelle is an incredibly talented goalkeeper who plays the position as much like a field player as she does a goalkeeper,” said Thomas. “She’s incredibly intuitive about the way the game is played in front of her. Because of that, she has excellent organization skills. She has great stature, being a 5-foot-11 goalkeeper with a great wing span. Janelle is an excellent distributor in a lot of different ways. We will be able to play out of the back through her very easily. She has great leadership skills, her voice is very true and clear and we’re excited to have her compete in that position right away.”

Sarah Taylor 
Midfielder 
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia 
Park View Education Centre 

Taylor has proved she’s a leader on the field and in the classroom. She was the leading scorer with 22 goals for Park View, who was named regional champions in 2013. She is a Regional Training Centre soccer coach and a U14 South Shore United Tier 1 soccer coach. Taylor is also an assistant soccer coach at Hebbville Academy. She received bronze academic honors at Park View in 2013.

“I chose Boise State primarily because I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else,” explained Taylor. “Every time I visit Boise I never want to leave. I love the town, I love the atmosphere and I mostly love the people. When I visit Boise there’s a positive energy that gets passed from person to person and I love that about Boise. The town is similar to my hometown therefore I enjoy the ability to connect to my previous home. Boise is full of outdoor adventures which fit perfectly with my active lifestyle. I am so excited to explore Boise when I’m there and I’m looking forward to making every day a great puzzle piece to my journey. I also learned when I visited Boise, they have a great Health Sciences program and I am extremely excited to be able to pursue my career while also doing the thing I love, which will be playing for Boise State’s women’s soccer team. Overall, I’m excited to begin a new experience and take full advantage of my opportunity. Needless to say, I cannot wait to be a Bronco.”

“Sarah joins us from Nova Scotia and she is travelling about as far as she can travel to come to us,” said Thomas. “She’s lead a very courageous life as a high school prep athlete. Sarah will bring an awful lot of maturity and cleanness of technique and tightness of skill to the center midfield, but importantly some steel as well. We’re looking to add a little bit more toughness to our midfield and I think she’s going to be a player that will lead the charge in that area. I’m excited for Bronco fans to see her play!”

Jess Vogel
Defender
Riverside, Calif.
Martin Luther King High School

Vogel was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, Calif. She was named Rookie of the Year in 2011 and named All League and MVP in 2013. She played club soccer for Laguna Hills under Gregg Schroeder and were National Cup quarterfinalists in 2013.

“I chose Boise State because the coaching staff is amazing as well as the girls on the soccer team,” said Vogel. “People in Boise are always outdoors and the academics here are exactly what I was looking for in a university.”

"Jess Vogel comes in from the same team as Janelle,” said Thomas. She is incredibly gifted on the ball, a very astute player and has a high soccer IQ who can play multiple positions. We’re very excited about the ability for her immediately to jump into our back line or potentially moving into the midfield because she’s so clean on the ball. She has such great ideas and exceptional technique we feel she could play any one of the back six positions with comfort. She mirrors the kind of athleticism we’ve been fortunate to have with the likes of Mikhaila Bowden and Hailey DeVries. We’re excited to have her join next year!”


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