Jocelyn Tallent-Burleson Commits to New Mexico State

Elk Grove Soccer 02G Platinum 1 Forward Jocelyn Tallent-Burleson

Jocelyn Tallent-Burleson Verbally Commits to New Mexico State University

Jocelyn was recommended to New Mexico State University by another college that she turned down. New Mexico invited her in for a 3 day visit and soon after, she committed to play for them.  Jocelyn approaches each training session as if it were the championship game. She’s focused and intense whenever she steps foot on the pitch. That hard work and tenacity shows on the field and college coaches recognized it quickly.

Below is an interview with Elk Grove Soccer Player, Jocelyn Tallent-Burleson:


1 – when did you begin your Elk Grove Soccer Career and what made you choose Elk Grove Soccer?
I began my Elk Grove Soccer career in May of 2018. I choose Elk Grove Soccer because I was plateauing in my development as a soccer player with my previous club team. Elk Grove Soccer offered better training to help me advance my development as a player. Also, Elk Grove soccer was very close to where I live.

2 – what about the game drives you?
Team confidence and a supportive crowd motivates me in the game.  When every single one of your teammates walks on the field with a winning mindset, it helps those that aren’t so confident feed off their energy. Along with team confidence, a supportive crowd really helps me stay engaged physically and mentally.

3 – when did you decide that you wanted to play at the next level?
I can’t say that there was a specific day that I knew I wanted to play at the collegiate level. I’ve always been a decent soccer player and I didn’t realize that playing in college was an option until my sophomore year. A college had emailed me about their interest in me and at that moment I realized that the collegiate level of soccer was obtainable for me.

4 – do you play soccer outside of training? If so, what do you do and how many hours do you put in a week on your own?
Outside of training, I juggle and do a variety of shooting and technical drills for about an hour, three times a week. About two times a week I get in the gym to lift weights to prevent myself from injury. Also, I play high school soccer when the season starts.  

5 – what would you tell a younger player who wants to become a college soccer player?
I would tell young soccer player aspiring to play college soccer that you really need to be in love with soccer to play at that level. You are going to interact with soccer much more on a day-to-day basis than you do on your club team; so, making sure that you’re happy to spend your time training and bonding is a priority.

6 – what is your major going to be and why?
I would like to major in Kinesiology because I really wanted to stay involved with sports as a career. I am majoring in sports medicine so I can help athletes get back to playing the sport(s) they love most and helping elders not have pain doing everyday things

7 – what was the college recruitment process like and describe the pressure you went through making this decision?
The recruitment process was very “all of a sudden,” for me. A college that I turned down vouched for me to Rob Baarts, the head coach of women’s soccer at New Mexico State, and three days later he flew me out to Las Cruces for a visit even though he’s never seen me play.  The pressure was a lot. I was undecided because I was comparing it to other offers’ I had. Also, I was really stressed because some of my family members were rushing my decision.

8. Why did you choose New Mexico State University?

Ultimately, I made my decision to commit to New Mexico State because I loved everything they had to offer. Their campus was nice, the environment was very laid back and friendly, and the women’s soccer team was amazing. New Mexico State was very special and I felt in my heart that this was the school I wanted to go to. I know that I am not entitled to playing time and I am excited to work exceptionally hard to earn it. I’d like to thank all my past and current soccer coaches for always believing me and pushing me to be a better soccer player: Coach Sam, Coach Erik, Coach Pete, Coach Matt, Coach Kasey, Coach Todd, Coach Megan, Coach Greg, Coach Gilbert, and Coach Ben.