Marriotts Ridge All-Met Amir Najib, one of the area’s most productive goal scorers over the past two years, has committed to Old Dominion.
Najib’s options for college soccer were whittled to two schools over the past few weeks, and in choosing the Monarchs over La Salle, he cited an opportunity to grow as a player at whatever position the school asks him to play.
“I thought [Old Dominion] would challenge me more from a soccer perspective,” Najib said. “I wanted a challenge. I didn’t necessarily want to play early in my career, I just wanted to kind of work my way better and become as good of a player as I can be.”
After helping his team win three 2A state titles his first three years of high school, Najib flourished as a senior leader last fall, scoring 21 goals and adding 10 assists in helping the Mustangs win 14 matches.
Although his natural position was center attacking midfielder at Marriotts Ridge, Najib said his versatility will help him adjust to anywhere the Monarchs need him in the future. He is joining a strong and stable program at Old Dominion, which won 11 games last fall and made the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The school’s longtime coach, Alan Dawson, has led the Monarchs to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 10 in the last 12 years.
Najib said that the school only started recruiting him earlier this spring, but that notable senior season and his continual work for a a U-18 team in the Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County helped put him in position to advance to the next level.
“Hopefully I can earn my minutes as quickly as possible,” Najib said. “I always wanted to play college soccer, just because I really love playing and I didn’t want to stop playing.”
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