Chloe Brackett changes, signs with Wofford

Chloe Brackett changes, signs with Wofford

June 5th, 2012 by Gene Henley in Sports - Preps

Chloe Brackett.

Chloe Brackett.

Photo by Angela Lewis /Times Free Press.

Recent Baylor School graduate Chloe Brackett recently signed to continue her soccer career at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

Brackett, a two-time all-state selection, totaled 11 goals and six assists for the two-time Division II-AA state champions, who went 53-2-3 for her last three seasons and were No. 3 in the final fall ESPN poll. She had committed last year to Pittsburgh, but an in-season visit ultimately led her to change her mind.

"I took an unofficial visit [to Pitt] and it was great," she said. "I then went on my official visit during the season, and there was just a lot of team drama. I was OK with it at first, because that happens, so I brushed it off.

"Other things started happening, though, and my mom and I just questioned whether or not going to Pittsburgh was meant to be."

Head coach Sue-Moy Chin later resigned, and Brackett became nervous after seeing the Lady Panthers struggle against Big East competition. Pitt was scheduled to move to the Atlantic Coast Conference starting in 2013, and those things along with the 600-mile distance from home led her to decommit.

Brackett, who played forward and midfielder in high school while playing defense on the FC Alliance club team, considered Mississippi and Clemson before deciding on Wofford. She helped lead the East Ridge Express club team to Region Premier League titles in 2009 and 2010 and has four years experience with the Tennessee Olympic Development Program team.

She plans to major in art history at Wofford.

"I liked Ole Miss, but they already had a lot of players on the roster," she said. "I liked Clemson, but I really liked Wofford. They struggled to finish at times last season and are in need of forwards, which is the position I prefer anyway."

She was the sixth Baylor player to sign with a Division I school, joining Teni Butler (Arkansas), Paige Elliott (Lehigh), Kelly Pannell (Western Carolina), McKenzie Thomas (Samford) and Peyton Thomas (Tennessee).

In addition, Franklin's Rose Hull (Furman) and Soddy-Daisy's Hannah Wyatt (UTC) will be playing in the Southern Conference along with Pannell and McKenzie Thomas, so there's bound to be plenty of reunions along the way.

"After our last game, we were all like, 'See you when we play you,'" Brackett said. "It was attractive to play in the SoCon; we're actually coming to Chattanooga to play this year. It's going to be weird to play against them after playing with them for so long."