Feb. 3, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - Four Oklahoma high school standouts signed national letters of intent to play soccer at the University of Oklahoma, announced OU Head Coach Randy Evans today. Joining the Sooner squad for the 2000 season will be Heidi Martinson, Jessica Talton, Logan Womack and Erin Young.
"We believe this recruiting class is going to make an immediate impact on next year's team," said Evans, who coached Oklahoma to a 4-13-1 record in his first season last year. "To compete with the nation's top teams, we needed to increase our overall athleticism and we've accomplished that by signing this class.
"We are also excited to sign four players from Oklahoma," added Evans. "Out-of-state recruiting, especially in Texas, will play a big part in developing this program, but the priority will be given to the best players Oklahoma has to offer."
Martinson, 5-5, is a two-time team MVP and a 4.0 honor student at Edison High School in Tulsa. She plays for six-time state champion, three-time regional champion and national finalist Tulsa Soccer Club.
"Heidi is a very smart center midfielder who can organize the defense in the midfield, as well as initiate the offense," said Evans. "She is very skilled and possesses great distribution ability."
Talton, a member of the National Honor Society who attends Broken Arrow High School, is a two-time state champion in the 400 meters. Standing 5-7, she has been on the State Olympic Development team for three years and plays for the Tulsa Select club squad. She has won a state championship, the Dallas Cup and has been a Surf Cup finalist with Tulsa Select.
"Jessica is an outside midfielder with speed to beat players down the flank. We expect her to be able to create plenty of scoring opportunities," commented Evans.
Womack, 5-3, attends Norman High School, the 1997 state champion and 1998 state finalist. She won the state crowns in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and finished fifth at nationals. Womack also won two state championships and a regional championship with the Norman Fury club team.
"Logan is a legitimate breakaway threat," noted Evans. "She will force defenses to adjust."
Young, who measures 5-5, is a 4.0 honor student who also attends Norman High School and plays for the Norman Fury. She is also a member of the State Olympic Development team.
Evans said, "Erin is a tremendous athlete with good skills, giving her an element of versatility. She could make an immediate impact in the back, on the front line or in the midfield."