Orlando City ECNL defender Taylor Jacobson signs with South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina women’s soccer coach Shelley Smith announced the addition of defender Taylor Jacobson to the 2021 signing class on Monday, putting the class to a total of six student-athletes.
“I think that this group of players coming in the 2021 class might be one of the most talented classes we’ve ever had,” Smith said. “Obviously our program is in a different place than it has been in the past with all of our success it has attracted some of the top players in the country. We’re excited about them not only because of what they can bring on the field but what kind of personalities, their attitudes and their desire to be a part of a top college program. We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know their families during the recruiting process and we’re really excited to have them joining our Gamecock family here in Columbia.”
An outside back and midfielder for Orlando City’s ECNL side, the Florida native has been a part of the Olympic Development program, representing her home state for two years. She decided to forego her remaining time at the high school level to train with former United State Men’s National Team player, and development coach, Eddie Johnson. Jacobson aided Orlando City qualify for the North American cup twice while the team captain. She was an honor roll member every semester in high school and was a part of the National Honor Society. Jacobson also plans to major if sports management.
“[South Carolina] has great academic and athletic programs,” Jacobson said. “The family environment was important to me. I like that everyone is so close and supportive of one another on and off the field. I’m most excited about playing with the rest of the team and have experience playing in a college cup and on national teams, too. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m ready for it. I can’t wait to get there in a few months and start working and training.”
The rest of the No. 11 Gamecocks are back in action on April 17, on the road, against No. 2 North Carolina. The match will be contested on ACC Network Extra at 1 p.m. in Chapel Hill. Then the Gamecocks will await a potential selection for the 2021 NCAA Tournament on April 19.