Good Counsel girls’ soccer Coach Jim Bruno has seen the recruiting landscape transform in his 24 seasons with the Falcons. The top prospects — and Bruno has coached many en route to 378 career wins — start receiving offers earlier, bringing pressure to make a choice before recruiting classes fill up.
But in watching sophomore forward Imani Dorsey navigate the process, Bruno saw a young player determined to make an informed decision. Dorsey, an All-Met who finished with 22 goals and eight assists for the top-ranked Falcons in the fall, committed to Duke over the weekend, picking the Blue Devils over Virginia and North Carolina.
“These coaches are getting kids to commit so early, it’s a race,” Bruno said. “I think [the players] have to be really satisfied and really feel strongly before making [a decision.] I’m glad that Imani seemed pretty certain what she wanted.”
Bruno’s team, which won its first 19 games last fall to ascend to a No. 1 national ranking despite starting no seniors, has received plenty of attention from the country’s top programs.
In the past few weeks, junior defender Jordyn Brock picked Virginia Tech and junior midfielder Hollie Byer committed to George Mason, while goalie Megan Hinz, midfielder Courtney Parr and defender Karli Cirovski are among the other sophomores attracting Division I interest.
Meanwhile, junior forward Midge Purce, the team’s top talent, remains uncommitted. Purce — who became the first junior in 20 years to earn fall girls’ soccer All-Met Player of the Year honors — is currently playing with the United States Under-17 women’s team at the Ten Nations Tournament in Spain.
Bruno said that while Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and Harvard top Purce’s list, he doesn’t expect his star to rush into making her pick.
“She’ll make her decision in what I like to call ‘Midge time,’” Bruno said with a chuckle. “I’m sure she’ll take her own good time.”