Greenville, S.C. – Furman's Walker Zimmerman is among four college underclassmen who have inked a Generation adidas contract and will be eligible for selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft on January 17, at the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., it was announced on Thursday.
Zimmerman, who was selected to the College Soccer News All-American First Team, NSCAA All-American Second Team and Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season, joined Louisville's Andrew Farrell, North Carolina's Mikey Lopez and VCU's Jason Johnson in signing a contract. Generation adidas players are typically among the top selections in the MLS SuperDraft, and they also do not count against a team's salary budget. As part of their contract, the college underclassmen also receive educational grants to continue their college education.
Zimmerman, a native of Lawrenceville, Ga., scored six goals and added three assists while guiding the Paladins to a 12-4-3 record during the 2012 season. The 6-foot-3 center back netted the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Florida International and led Furman to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory against Clemson with a game-tying goal in the second half.
The defender and two-time All-SoCon pick captured third team NSCAA All-American in 2011, as Furman reached the NCAA Tournament. He has been a regular starter for the United States U-20 National Team during 2012 and is expected to battle for a spot in the starting 11 as the U-20's begin qualification in February for the 2013 Under-20 FIFA World Youth Championship.
The 2013 MLS SuperDraft begins at 12 p.m. ET on January 17, and will air on the ESPN family of networks.