Keegan Ross didn't play much soccer last fall, but his efforts in previous seasons and as a club player helped the Pickerington High School North senior get a chance to play Division I men's soccer in college.

Keegan Ross didn't play much soccer last fall, but his efforts in previous seasons and as a club player helped the Pickerington High School North senior get a chance to play Division I men's soccer in college.

Ross will play for Bowling Green.

Ross was one of three Panthers to sign letters of intent on Feb. 3 to continue playing soccer at the college level.

Also signing were seniors Nadja Kolliesuah and Abby Fannin.

Kolliesuah will play with the women's program at Division I Mercer University in Macon, Ga.

Fannin will play at Tennessee Wesleyan, an NAIA school in Athens, Tenn., after earning second-team all-OCC-Ohio honors last fall.

Ross, a midfielder and forward for North, broke a bone in his foot during summer club soccer before his senior season. He was the team's leading scorer as a junior with 13 goals and two assists and was first-team all-district and all-league.

Ross returned for the two tournament games last fall, but did not score.

"It was difficult (being injured) because you never know how things would have ended up, but feel like you could help the team if you were out there," Ross said. "I'm looking forward to getting back and to starting soccer a little more seriously now. Hopefully, I can play with really good people excited to start something new."

North coach Darren Monhollen said his player has the tools to excel at the collegiate level.

"Keegan has a high work rate and has good speed," Monhollen said. "He has good technical skills and a natural ability to score the ball. He's a player who doesn't slow down when he gets the ball on his feet."

Bowling Green coach Eric Nichols is excited about Ross' offensive capabilities.

"Keegan is a dynamic player who has great speed and balance," Nichols told bgsufalcons.com.

"He can beat players with the dribble and score goals with either foot."

Ross is familiar with his new coach from club soccer.

Kolliesuah, a forward at North, made a last-minute visit to Mercer and fell in love with the experience.

"It was one of my last choices and, at first, I didn't want to go because it was so far away," said Kolliesuah, who was second-team all-league as a senior.

"But the campus was beautiful and the soccer program seemed like it would be the right fit for me."

Kolliesuah wants to major in biology with her eye on going to medical school.

Mercer coach Grant Serafy likes the versatility shown by Kolliesuah.

"Nadja is a striker with very good pace," Serafy told mercerbears.com. "She is a player that really wants the ball, which is always a good sign for a forward or for any player. Nadja is adept at taking defenders on and scoring goals."

Kolliesuah will be joined at Mercer by Dublin Scioto's Casey Barrett, who was one of her club teammates at Ohio Premier.