Monday, May 12, 2008

2009 Recruiting Update

I wanted to speak briefly about our recruiting targets for the 2009 class. X has two scholarships predicted to be available for this class (Raymond & Anderson) and apparently Miller and staff are swinging for the fences in the early going. They did this with the '07 class and had plenty of misses which lead to needing to snag transfers McLean and Taylor to go along with Jackson. We have had two misses already here in the early going. Wing guard Naji Hibbert was down to Texas A&M and us according to rivals and he went with the Aggies. I think all the underclassmen we have at the guard spot will make it very difficult for the staff to land another gem there. And we went after Lawrenceville, GA big man Jeremy Olsen who at 6-10 would have been a nice bookend for Kenny Frease but he ultimately chose Utah and given the fact he is Mormon that isn't all of a suprise. Below I have listed my 'dream three' knowing we can only get two:

-Ari Stewart 6-7 190 Marietta, GA: 5 star recruit by Rivals and rated 4th best small forward in this class. He lists his top four as Florida, Georgia Tech (no confirmed offer at this time), Wake Forest, and X. He has been offered a scholarship according to from Arizona, UCONN, Georgia, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oregon, and Texas. He would be an absolute huge get for us.

-Kammeon Holsey 6-8 200 Sparta, GA: We are in his top 4 with other offers from Clemson, GA Tech, and Alabama.

-James Still 6-9 230 Detroit, MI: Most schools want James to play Center while X sees him as a '4' which is attractive to him. Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, and Michigan State are all showing interest at this time.

Other names to watch for in the coming weeks: Omari Lawrence, Tevin Baskin, Brian Oliver, Ben Simons, Andrew Fitzgerald, Kevin Parrom, Jordan Prosser, and longshot Mfon Udofia.

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