Immaculate Heart (Washington Township, N.J.) star Rebecca Jarrett confirmed with Gannett partner The Record that she will not play high school soccer this season.
In a detailed text message Monday, the Virginia-bound junior explained the “whirlwind” of obligations she dealt with last year while balancing multiple teams and commitments, including the U-16 U.S. National Team. It became too much for the dynamic forward to handle — and something had to give.
“I feel as though I can’t give 100 percent of my time and effort to high school soccer, club soccer, national team soccer, as well as my school work,” said Jarrett, who is one of the top prospects in the nation. “Last year was a whirlwind for me, and at times, I felt overwhelmed by all of my commitments.
“When I took the time to assess all the things I had going on, I realized something had to give. And unfortunately, I came to the conclusion that it had to be high school soccer.”
Immaculate Heart is No. 9 in the USA TODAY High School Sports/National Soccer Coaches Association Preseason Super 25 rankings.
Jarrett burst onto the high school scene in 2014, helping lead Immaculate Heart to a 22-0 record and the mythical national title. Widely regarded as North Jersey’s next superstar, Jarrett scored a team-high 14 goals and added 11 assists that season, earning first team All-North Jersey honors.
The Washington Township resident’s sophomore season was mired by a concussion and other soccer commitments, forcing her to miss extended periods of time last fall while IHA was on its way to capturing a second straight Non-Public A state title. Jarrett committed to Virginia on Sept. 29.
“In order to play at IHA’s high standard, it requires the highest level of commitment,” Jarrett said. “I believe it’s unfair to me, to the team and to the coaches if I am unable to do so. Overall, I absolutely loved my time playing for IHA last season and wish the girls the best. I will be at as many games as I can, cheering the girls on.”
Jarrett will continue playing for her club team, World Class, this fall, in addition to attending IHA full-time and “my involvement with the U-16 National team.”