When Theodor Ohrstrom was again house in Sweden, he would watch faculty soccer highlights on YouTube and observe the game as greatest he might on Twitter and Instagram.
Over the previous few weeks, Ohrstrom has been on the PPI faculty tour which is spearheaded by Brandon Collier, whose firm helps place worldwide soccer gamers at colleges throughout America.
For Ohrstrom, the tour has been a raving success because the 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight finish within the 2023 class has landed affords from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU, Ohio State, Florida State, Alabama and plenty of others.
“It was undoubtedly one thing I hoped to get however I actually didn’t know what to anticipate,” Ohrstrom mentioned. “I had by no means gone towards American gamers like that. I hoped it was going to go properly. I used to be excited to go towards good competitors and it’s simply been an incredible expertise.
“With Instagram, Twitter, YouTube these days, it’s nice, particularly being into soccer and I’m making an attempt to make a profession out of it so I do know so much about faculty soccer and the NFL even highschool. I do know just a little bit about my rivals and I perceive what a giant deal it’s. Earlier than I acquired all these massive affords, I defined to my mother and father these are the massive colleges, these are my dream colleges.”
His goals have come true. Ohrstrom mentioned he’s tried to take in each minute on each campus as a result of when he returns to Sweden it could possibly be troublesome to fly again for visits till it’s able to make his choice.
When he’s in faculty, Ohrstrom mentioned the plan is for his mother and father to remain in Sweden as a result of he has youthful siblings however he’ll look extra carefully at locations which might be simple accessible so once they do fly in from abroad, it’s not extremely troublesome to achieve campus.
Which may not be the one figuring out issue, although, since so many elite packages are in small faculty cities, many sprinkled all through the Southeast.
“It’s simply insane, it’s loopy,” Ohrstrom mentioned. “That is one thing I used to be actually hoping for nevertheless it was arduous imagining that it will turn into this massive. It’s unimaginable.”
For 2023 offensive sort out Lucas Simmons, who’s additionally on the PPI tour, there are tiring moments as everyone seems to be in a van, understanding at camps all through the month after which getting again within the van and doing it over again.
Throughout these moments when the batteries are empty, the Swedish native who will play subsequent season at Clearwater (Fla.) Clearwater Academy Worldwide remembers simply how particular this month has been.
“It’s an expertise for certain,” Simmons mentioned. “It will get hectic however after I get drained, all I believe is that in 10 or 20 years that is what I’m going to recollect and I’m actually appreciative of how a lot time Brandon Collier places into this, driving us round to all these camps so we will see the coaches.”
Simmons’ father, Abel, performed at Oklahoma and the 2023 offensive lineman has additionally added a proposal from the Sooners this month. Ole Miss, Michigan, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, South Carolina and so many others have additionally provided over the previous few weeks.
Enjoying at Oklahoma like his father could be a dream. However so many different colleges attraction to him early on that Simmons is simply taking all these experiences in.
“Each faculty that has provided me I’m actually appreciative of as a result of they confirmed me love so I’ll present them love again,” Simmons mentioned. “It’s been going so quick. I’m simply making an attempt to soak up all the pieces and see how the coaches are nevertheless it feels actually good to get a proposal from the college my dad went to. It was a dream of mine since earlier than I began taking part in soccer however each faculty is equal proper now.”
It feels surreal in some methods for a child from Sweden – for an entire van full of children from Europe – to be going by means of this collectively.
“It’s a dream come true,” Simmons mentioned.
“Once I began taking part in soccer and any person informed me I’d be in a van with Brandon Collier and 10 different youngsters and we’re residing our goals and all of us are from Europe, I’d snicker at them and inform them they’re loopy. Enjoying soccer day by day, it’s a blessing, it truly is.”