Omar Hernandez, Chattanooga FC 01 Premier, has committed to play soccer for the #1 team in the country, Wake Forest University, after his senior year.
Hernandez chose the Demon Deacons after interest from the University of South Carolina, USF, UCF, and SMU.
He credits the opportunity to training with Chattanooga FC Academy every week.
"They have prepared me by showing me how to take my game to the next level," Hernandez said.
"The (CFCA) coaches there have pushed me to become a better soccer player every single practice. The have improved my decision making and my positioning on and off the ball."
Omar Hernandez has one more year with CFC Academy and already has one Div. 1 State Championship on his resume.
CFCA executive director Matt Yelton expects the momentum for college placement to continue with the club.
"After coming off the largest signing class in club history for the Class of 2018 we are extremely excited to share the news about Omar's commitment," Yelton said.
"Omar earned this on his own, and we are honored to know CFC Academy coaches could be part of his development."
Omar reminds younger players the college selection process should be about more than the soccer team.
""I would tell them to look at the school they are being recruited by and to also check if that school has their elective on what they would like to become if soccer didn’t work for them."
Despite his talent on the soccer field Hernandez is quick to say his top priority is to get a degree. That does not mean his goals for soccer are not still top of mind.
"My goals for soccer are to become a better player every single day and to learn from my mistakes and most of all listen to my college coaches on what they will tell me. I’m going to try my best to become a professional soccer player after college."
Wake Forest is currently the #1 men's soccer team in the country. The Wake Forest University Demon Deacons men's soccer team achieved their greatest result in 2007, winning the 2007 Division I Men's College Cup.
Wake Forest won the 2007 national championship, was a finalist in 2016, and advanced to the final four in 2006, 2008, and 2009. Wake won the ACC championship the last three years.
Danny McBride - CFCA College Recruiting Coordinator
CFCA Coach Danny McBride, a former college recruiter himself, assisted Omar with the process. McBride serves as the club's College Recruiting Coordinator.
He said, "Omar’s work rate both on and off the field make him special."
"He has a contagious energy and work rate in everything he does. He works so much away from practice and is always striving to be the best he can be. He’s a soccer junkie. He is also a really good person. He interacted with some of the very best college coaches in the country and did so with maturity, class, and respect while always being humble throughout. I’m extremely proud of him and can’t wait to see how he embraces this opportunity."
If your son or daughter has interest in playing soccer in the college the first step is to reach out to Danny McBride so he arrange a time to meet with the family and discuss the process.
McBride adds, "For girls that should be during their freshman or sophomore year of high school. For boys it should be during the summer/early fall before going into their junior year."
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