FC Alliance's college signing class of 2016 is like a "Who's Who?" of local soccer. 30 players from the club signed their National Letter of Intents on Wednesday, February 3. More players will making their choices official in the coming days and week.
The day started off with a bang when Alex Schupp of the 98 Boys Black signed with Xavier. The Muskateers compete in the Big East conference and were ranked in the Top 25 during the 2015 season. Sitting next to him at Farragut High School was Dami Omitaomu, who signed with Penn. The Ivy League school has a long history of success at the NCAA Division 1 level. At the same time, Schupp and Omitaomu's FC Alliance teammate Jon Creel was at Christian Academy of Knoxville signing with Davidson- the alma mater of Stephen Curry. Creel in the family to move on the Division 1 soccer; his brother Ryan plays for the University of Kentucky.
Also at CAK, Emily Threatt continued the club's history of success in girls soccer by making her longtime commitment to Western Carolina official. The 99 Girls Black striker became the third FC Alliance player in five years to join the Catamounts. Teammate Samantha DeBien inked with MTSU (as did two other FC Alliance players).
On the 98 Girls Black front, Tecora Turner signed with Texas. She chose the Longhorns over a long list of suitors. Teammate Bailey Gale signed with Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Other schools to sign FC Alliance players in the 2016 class include: Marshall, Alabama-Birmingham, Lee University, Berry College, John Hopkins, Covenant College, Maryville, Carson Newman, Tennessee Tech, Northern Alabama, and Austin Peay.