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NCAA Nov 11, 2021

University of Florida signs seven ECNL standouts for class of 2022

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida head soccer coach Tony Amato announced his first signing class on National Signing Day.

The seven-member class includes signees from five states located on the east and west coasts who have success with their teams in Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) action.

“We welcome seven who signed their paperwork to officially become Gators. Talent runs throughout this group as they will add strength and depth to Florida’s program,” Amato said. “They not only want success on the field, but are excited about building for their future at a top-5 academic university.”

Florida Soccer Signees (enrolling for 2022 season)
Name Hometown Position High School Club
Njeri Butts Lawrenceville, Ga. D/MF Grayson H.S. GSA ECNL
Jayden Emmanuel Indian Trail, N.C. GK Sun Valley H.S. Charlotte SA ECNL
Lauren McCloskey Canton, Ga. D/F Blessed Trinity Catholic H.S. United Futbol Academy ECNL
Tatum O’Coyne Rancho Sante Fe, Calif. F Torrey Pines H.S. So Cal Blues ECNL
Kira Prologo Sammamish, Wash. D Eastlake H.S. Crossfire Premier SC ECNL
Erica Roberts St. Petersburg, Fla. F/MF Northside Christian H.S. Tampa Bay United
Ashley Tutas Palm Harbor, Fla. F/MF/D Palm Harbor University H.S. Tampa Bay United

Njeri Butts

Defender Midfielder
GA

IG: njeri.butts

Njeri Butts of Lawrenceville, Ga., joins the Gators for the fall of 2022. Butts played as an outside back or at attacking midfielder during her five-season career with GSA ECNL, where she was coached by Judson Hamby and Campbell Chapman. She also earned all-state honors playing for Grayson High School. That team was coached by Rebeka Bulloch and Timothy Goodwell.

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Jayden Emmanuel

Goalkeeper
NC

IG: jaysave1  

Twitter: @jaysave01

A goalkeeper from Indian Trail, N.C., Jayden Emmanuel has been a part of Charlotte Soccer Academy’s program for nine seasons where she is coached by Brian Moore. Emmanuel also played two seasons for Sun Valley High School under Kelsie Croal and Austin Knight, earning all-region honors.

Club

High School

  • All Conference Southern Carolina Conference – freshman and junior years
  • All Region 3A – freshman and junior years
  • MVP freshman year and Defensive MVP junior year
  • Did not play high school soccer as a sophomore due to Developmental Academy soccer commitments
  • Academic Bars as a sophomore, junior and senior

Lauren McCloskey

Defender Midfielder
GA

IG: laurenmccloskeyyy

Lauren McCloskey is Florida’s second signee from the Peach State as she calls Canton, Ga., home. She played at either defense or forward for United Futbol Academy ECNL. That team reached the 2021 national semifinals and is coached by Iggy Moleka. A member of Blessed Trinity Catholic High School’s 2021 state championship team, McCloskey and the rest of the Titans team was coached by John Jackson.

Club

High School

IG: tatumocoyne

A forward from Rancho Sante Fe, Calif., Tatum O’Coyne plays for So Cal Blues ECNL. Coached by Terri Patraw, So Cal Blues ECNL advanced to the semifinals or beyond at several 2021 major tournaments. An all-state player for Torrey Pines High School, O’Coyne was coached by Martyn Hansford.

Club

High School

Kira Prologo

Defender
WA

IG: kiraprologo_

Twitter: @KiraPrologo

This defender, Kira Prologo, comes from the same hometown as former Gator McKenzie Barney – Sammamish, Wash. A member of Crossfire Premier SC for a dozen seasons, Prologo is coached by Billy Wiskel. A selection for the upcoming High School All-American game, Prologo was coached by Molly Hill at Eastlake High School.

Club

  • 2019 San Diego Surf Cup Best of the Best division finalist
  • 2019 Crossfire Challenge champions
  • 2018 San Diego Surf Cup Developmental Academy (DA) division champions

High School

Erica Roberts

Forward Midfielder
FL

IG: Eriicaroberts Twitter: @ericajroberts03

A forward/midfielder from St. Petersburg, Fla., Erica Roberts earned 2021 ECNL All-Southeast Conference honors in her second season with Tampa Bay United and coached by the late Jim Cote. She played for Indian Rocks Christian School and most recently for Northside Christian High School under the coaching direction of Brooklyn Gant.

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Ashley Tutas

Forward Midfielder Defender
FL

IG: ashleytutas  

Twitter: @ashleytutas

Ashley Tutas of Palm Harbor, Fla., played at attack, midfield or defense over her career. Her family recently relocated to the Sunshine State and Tutas now attends Palm Harbor University High School. She played five seasons with Maryland United ECNL where she was coached by Harry Canellakis. Tutas currently is with Tampa Bay United and coached by Tricia Taliferro. She earned all-state honors while with Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Md., and that team was coached by Ashly Kennedy.

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High School

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