HARRODSBURG — Landon Souder is ready to make it official.
It’s been nearly a year since the Mercer County senior committed to Evansville to play his college soccer. And on Wednesday, Souder will sign a letter of intent with the school on the first day of the national signing period. There will also be a signing ceremony at the school on Friday.
Souder said he talked to some other schools — namely Kentucky, Xavier and Notre Dame — but once he committed to Evansville, he was solid in his commitment.
“I never really wavered from them. Of course I talked to other schools...but Evansville was there from the beginning,”¿said Souder, who helped the Titans to their best season ever. He scored 21 goals and had a team-high 10 assists as Mercer went 21-4-1 and advanced to the state tournament for the first time. “Once I committed, I was firm.”
Souder said he chose Evansville, which was the first school he was in contact with, because of the way he clicked with everyone in the program.
“It was really the relationship I had with their coaches,”¿Souder said. “Their head coach (Mike Jacobs), I mean, he’s just awesome. And I knew a lot of their guys from playing around. And that was probably the biggest thing.”
Primarily a scorer and facilitator with Mercer, Souder said he was recruited to Evansville as more of a defender, the position he plays with his club team, Lexington FC.
“A lot of the reason¿I got recruited was my versatility, my ability to play a whole lot of positions,” he said. “Evansville sees me playing a whole lot of positions, but mainly defensive midfielder and defense.”
Once Souder signs Wednesday, he will have fulfilled a dream he has had since he was 11 years old.
“I’ve been dreaming of playing Division I soccer since I was little,”¿he said.
Prep Soccer: Mercer's Landon Souder ready to sign with Evansville at last
Landon Souder (February 5, 2013)