Jeremy Vuolo: Who Is Jinger Duggar's New Man?

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As we reported yesterday, Jinger Duggar is officially courting Jeremy Vuolo.

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo

Duggar devotees know that the family regards courting as basically the step between dating and engagement.

More often than not, the courtship process results in marriage.

(Josiah Duggar and Marjorie Jackson broke up after several months of courting, but that's rare in Duggarland.)

Needless to say, a lot is riding on the courtship of Jinge and Jer, and lots of Duggar fans have questions about the man as a result.

Who is this hunk who might soon be raising a litter of youngins with the 22-year-old daughter on Michelle and Jim Bob?

Here's what we know about the likely future member of the Duggar clan:

Jeremy is a 28-year-old professional soccer player and former minister.

A native of Philadelphia, Vuolo is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he played goalkeeper for the Orangemen.

After a season with the Finnish club AC Oulo, Vuolo returned to the States and signed with the New York Red Bulls in 2012.

Vuolo was released from the team after one season, and he announced on his social media accounts that he planned to focus on ministry full time.

In 2013, however, he signed with the San Antonio Scorpions.

He played one full season and part of a second season with the team, but he lost his spot on the roster in 2014.

Since then, Vuolo has focused on performing missionary work.

"My identity needs to be in something that's never going to change, and that's Jesus Christ," Vuolo said shortly after leaving soccer behind.

Vuolo is a longtime friend of Jessa Duggar and her husband Ben Seewald, and they reportedly introduced him to Jinger sometime last year.

But while the Seewalds made the intro, it wasn't until the two of them took a missionary trip in May that they really hit it off.

Yesterday, the couple made their courtship official with an announcement to People magazine.

Jinger and Jeremy said they are "excited to begin their journey" together, and in many ways, it seems like it was meant to be.

After all, he's an evangelical former pro athlete whose first name starts with a "J."

Sounds like wedding bells are in Jinger's future.

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