McDonogh junior soccer standout Mike Gamble commits

McDonogh junior soccer standout Mike Gamble, regarded as one of the top youth soccer forwards in the country, has made a verbal commitment to play at Wake Forest University.

Gamble led No. 6 McDonogh (18-6-1) to a runner-up finish in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association 'A' Conference this season, scoring 28 goals and adding 10 assists. The Eagles fell to No. 1 Gilman, 1-0, in Sunday's championship game.

"At first, I didn't really know much about [Wake Forest], but when I went down and talked with the coaches and some of the players, I liked the campus and had a great feeling about it. It was somewhere I wanted to be," said Gamble.

Wake Forest has established itself as a national power, reaching the NCAA semifinals the past four years and winning the national championship in 2007. Gamble, who plays club ball for the Baltimore Bays, said he chose Wake over fellow Atlantic Coast Conference rival Maryland with Duke, Virginia and UCLA also considered.

"Mike is the hottest striker in the country in youth soccer right now," said McDonogh coach Steve Nichols. "He's got incredible feet, a great first touch, passes well and works well off the ball. He's a driven kid who dosn't accept failure. He's got an incredible upside and he's only going to get better and better."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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