South Carroll's Clutter makes choice: Campbell

January 08, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

High school soccer All-American Amber Clutter said last night that she has decided to attend Division I Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., where she will receive a $24,000 Presidential academic scholarship and an athletic scholarship.

The two scholarships give the South Carroll senior nearly a full ride to play for the Camels in the Trans America Athletic Conference. Campbell is a former member of the Big South Conference and competed against Towson State and UMBC before withdrawing at the end of the 1993-94 school year.

Clutter said she chose Campbell over Mount St. Mary's and Catawba College mainly because it offered an outstanding pharmacy major and is "a nice little small school in a small town where it's warm."

Buies Creek is about the same size as Mount Airy, said Clutter who lives in Taylorsville. There are only 3,800 students at Campbell.

Bucknell University and Goucher College entered the Clutter recruiting picture in the final weeks.

Clutter said it was too cold at Bucknell, and she turned down Goucher because it was only a Division III soccer school.

"I really liked Billy Ronson [former Blast standout and Goucher coach]. I just wish he was at a Division I school," said Clutter, the first girls soccer player from Carroll County to make All-America.

Clutter said she did not visit Campbell with the intention of majoring in pharmacy but "was really impressed by what kind of program they had to offer."

About the school's soccer program, Clutter said: "Everything just clicked there. It's the only school I stayed all night at and I got along with all their players really well. Also, their coach [Rick Helms] is a really nice guy. And I like the idea that they are Division I and play Duke, Wake Forest and N.C. State."

The Camels were 10-9 overall and 5-3 in the Trans America Athletic Conference last fall. In 1993, they won the Big South women's soccer championship.

Amber's mother, Linda, said: "They are bringing her in to play, not sit on the bench. She is going to start at forward along with Jennifer Stephenson, who led the league in scoring last year."

The only thing that concerns Clutter and her mother is that Campbell is a five-hour drive from their home.

"I know it will take me a while to get used to being away from home," said Amber.

But Linda Clutter said: "Bruce [Amber's father] and I plan to go to as many games as possible. They start at 7 o'clock so that will give us some time to get there."

Helms said he was not allowed by the NCAA to talk about Clutter until Feb. 8 when she signs a national letter of intent. Clutter

received the Presidential scholarship after writing an essay and taking some tests at Campbell.

She is carrying a 3.9 grade-point average at South Carroll and holds the Carroll County girls soccer career scoring record with 70 goals.

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