But I also relied on the fact that they paid Haskin more money than them, not just that he was drafted higher. But it was reasonably close, so not necessarily definitive.
Mayo $1.75 mm
Baumler $1.5 mm
I wouldn't exercise the option until pretty much the last minute. What if he falls down the stairs, rips up the ligaments in his leg and is a giant question mark for next year? Unlikely, but why gamble with 3 million dollars any more than you have to?
All three of my kids have played at the club soccer level - above town travel. New Jersey is a pretty crazy youth soccer state - especially on the girls side - at one point I believe three of the women on the USWNT were from NJ. My two girls played on top 25 teams according to one of the ratings sites. The younger girl was offered a spot on a top 10 team and turned it down to play with friends on a much worse team. The top 10 team traveled to Disney and other national tournaments every year. That said, very few of the girls on those teams are playing major college soccer. Many of the girls on those teams head to D2 or D3 soccer programs. There is always someone better out there. Like Drungo has been saying, the number of scholarships available are much fewer than folks think.
There is an freshmen girl from NJ at Maryland from our high school and I am eager to see how she does. Small world - one of her first coaches at the club soccer level is now the head coach of the women's program at Indiana.