Later this month, Oliver Spring will arrive in Durham, N.C. and will unpack his things. He’ll have a lot of dark blue Duke sweatshirts. In January, the Toronto native will begin classes at Duke, and begin training with the soccer team.
After two years with Maccabi Tel Aviv’s youth division, the centre back has committed to Duke, and will play with the team in the 2015 season.
Spring will turn 20 years of age in 2015.
Spring said that there were more than a few U.S. schools that were interested in him, but when he made his preliminary list, Duke was near the top — because of its mix of academic and athletic notoriety*.
And, when he first visited the campus, he knew that Duke was where he wanted to go. Coaches John Kerr and Michael Brady made him feel welcome.
“The feeling on the campus was incredible,” said Spring.
“Israel was incredible for me. I had two fantastic years playing there. But I felt that it was time for a new challenge.”
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