Polk County’s soccer pipeline to Brevard College has officially added another Wolverine.
With family and friends looking on, Austin Wolfe signed a letter-of-intent Friday morning to play college soccer at Brevard. He will become the third Wolverine on the roster, with Jordan Brown and Anthony DiPietro having already completed one season in the program.
The three have already talked about their pending reunion on the pitch.
“They told me it would be good for me to come up there so that we could play together again,” Wolfe said. “They’ve played with me before, so it will be good for us to play together again.
“I think it’s a good choice. I really like the school and I like the team. The coaches seem to be good and are really nice.”
Wolfe, an all-conference, all-area and all-region selection this season, scored five goals and had a team-high seven assists for the Wolverines. He expects to continue to play midfield at Brevard, and Polk County head coach Lennox Charles thinks he will be a good fit there for the Tornados.
“I think he’ll do really well,” Charles said. “He fits ideally on the outside, but they could use him as a forward or they could use him as an attacking midfielder.
“Austin is one of the best players we’ve had the last two years. We haven’t had anybody who works harder. His size, he’s not the biggest, but he’s been as tough and brave as anybody we’ve had the past few years despite his size. He can shoot with power, his technique is really good so he can generate power. He can do a lot of things you like an outside midfielder to do, even at the college level.”
Wolfe said Brevard first showed interest late last season. He visited the campus, where he hopes to major in criminal justice, and scrimmaged with the team. The Tornados’ mutual interest allowed him to fulfill a dream that began in his junior season.
“(Charles) really prepares us for college, just in case we want to go,” Wolfe said. “He really prepares us for the speed, that part of the game, and technically he really prepares us well.”