Many of the top juniors in the country have already made their commitments to major Division-I programs, but a few still remain without a verbal to any school. TopDrawerSoccer.com tracked down a handful of blue-chip prospects for an update on the college recruiting process.
Paul Arriola is No. 4 in our top 100 for 2013, but the three players above him are all already professionals. So Arriola finds himself with the title as the top ranked junior prospect eligible for college soccer, but he is not letting that title force him into making a commitment.
"Yes, I do feel a little bit of pressure [to commit] because it is possibly the next step in my life." Arriola told TopDrawerSoccer.com over email. "I'm really taking my time and seeing all my options in order to make the right decision."
Even though there are colleges fighting for his commitment, there is still a possibility that Arriola bypasses that route altogether.
"I do have aspirations to become a pro," Arriola added. "Hopefully I will be going on trials down in Mexico soon, possibly with Club Tijuana, America, and Tigres.