Fruita sophomore McClaskey commits to FSU soccer
When she was 14 years old, Baseley McClaskey spent a year in Bradenton, Florida, to receive elite soccer training at the IMG Academy.
Two years later, the standout sophomore at Fruita Monument High School has committed to going back to Florida.
Friday, McClaskey verbally committed to play soccer at Florida State University, even though she has two years of high school remaining.
The Seminoles finished the 2013 season ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division I.
“When I was out at IMG, my coach, Bobby Johnston, had a relationship with the coaches (at Florida State),” McClaskey said. “I had really started talking to them my eighth grade year, so I had been interested for awhile.
“I had always wanted to go to a big school, I had visited a couple times, and I love Florida. So it was really everything about that school that seemed like a perfect fit. I fell in love.”
McClaskey is third on the Wildcats with five assists and scored three goals this season.
McClaskey and junior Courtney Coffey, a University of Denver commit, led Fruita Monument to a second-place finish in the Southwestern League and a Class 5A playoff berth.
She’s played against Grand Junction junior midfielder Taylor Chaffetz, who committed to University of Kansas when she was a sophomore.
McClaskey said the overall quality of girls soccer on the Western Slope has helped improve her game.
“I grew up with a lot of these girls on Fruita Monument and Grand Junction,” McClaskey said. “It’s cool to be able to play with them now that I’m back here. We make each other better.”