Shannon's waiting game pays off

Updated: March 25, 2009, 1:37 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

As a special signing day ceremony took place at Valencia (Calif.) High School last month, Eric Shannon was 2,500 miles away, visiting a college in Raleigh, N.C.

Bucking a trend of early verbal commitments and first-possible-day signings in the soccer world, Shannon wanted to take his time. In fact, he was almost willing to attend a community college to buy more time.

"This is the place where I'll spend the next four years so I wanted to make sure I was making the best choice," ...

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