Stillwater girls’ soccer star Keelyn Peacock has her senior year all mapped out.
It will be an abbreviated one, and she’s hoping it will include a couple more championships before making her way to Arkansas State University.
Peacock made a verbal commitment to ASU coach Brian Dooley and the Sun Belt Conference institution Monday, and plans to graduate from Stillwater a semester early before joining the Red Wolves in January of 2021.
“People say you’re going to miss your senior year, but I don’t mind skipping. I guess I’m different from a lot of people,” the multi-state champion said. “By choosing to graduate early, I will be able to lift, train, and potentially scrimmage in the spring to get a head start, and I won’t have any eligibility taken away.”
Peacock will attend ASU on a full athletic scholarship, and said she is anxious to begin study toward a speech pathology degree. She also has a deal in place afterward where ASU will help defray some of the cost when she pursues her masters.
“I’m so excited,” the 17-year-old junior said. “When I told him [Dooley] I was interested, he lit up.”
Peacock received offers from five Division I colleges, and chose ASU on the long drive home after visiting the school last week with her mom and a friend.
“As soon as I got on campus, my thought was, ‘This is crazy good,’ ” Peacock said. “I got butterflies.”
That Arkansas State is on the rise as a soccer program, and the school’s warm-weather location, was also attractive to Peacock.
“I am so done with snow,” the 17-year-old laughed.
Peacock wouldn’t mind playing in snow late in the fall if it meant another long postseason run for her high school team. Stillwater reached the last three state Class C championship games and prevailed in 2018 and 2019.
“I want to win a third state title,” Peacock said. “Obviously, it’s going to be tough because we’re losing some great girls, and we’ll have the target on our back.”
A three-time all-state first-team selection, Peacock is hopeful there will be a fall season to play in after the coronavirus pandemic closed schools and canceled athletics this spring.
“We’re all praying,” Peacock said. “We’ve all been putting in the work.”