Augusta Prep’s Jamie Alexander would rather shine on the soccer field than be the center of attention in front of her friends, family and coaches.
Yet that’s where the visibly uncomfortable senior found herself Wednesday afternoon in the school’s media center, blushing when she signed her letter of intent to play soccer for Furman University in Greenville, S.C.
“I’m a little nervous. I don’t like everyone looking at me, but it’s all right,” said Alexander, who scored 46 goals for the Cavaliers in 17 games during the 2011 season. “It’s nice to know I have so many friends that care about me and support me.”
Alexander said she was a little stressed about the recruiting process and worried when she didn’t commit during her junior season.
“It kind of fell into place. I wasn’t looking at them at all,” she said of committing to Furman during the summer. “They were looking at me. ... I visited and knew it was the place I was supposed to be.”
With the stress of the signing done, Alexander said she would not be letting up on the field.
“I doubt I’ll ever coast,” she said. “I think we’re going to win region because we’ve always done really well, but we’ve always lost to Westminster. This year, we’ll be able to beat them and that’s just the goal.”
Furman, a Southern Conference school, finished 2011 with a 12-8-2 overall record and 6-3-2 in conference.
The program lost eight seniors off its roster.
“She’s a great leader and has all the physical tools,” said Augusta Prep and Arsenal coach Tom Norton. “She’s 5-foot-10, very fast and very strong on the ball. She’s a great worker and a great competitor.”
While at Furman, Alexander plans to study pre-occupational therapy and hopes to one day work with autistic children.