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Recruiting tidbits

9/17/2012

A lot has happened in the recruiting world since Saturday afternoon with top 100 players flying off the board at a seemingly dizzying pace. We’re in the midst of a commitment run, and frankly, we were due for one.

As we review what’s transpired, here are some things from the notebook that accumulated since Friday.

Fox in the henhouse

With so much action elsewhere, the reaction to Clemson’s latest commitment has been minimal. Shooting guard Austin Ajukwa (Columbia, S.C./Cardinal Newman) picked the Tigers over the hometown Gamecocks. Here’s the significance: in July Ajukwa told me his dream school was South Carolina. Neither school had offered before July but heading into August they both wanted him. It’s not often there’s a high-major player in Columbia and less often said prospect would pick Clemson.

Why did Stanford have scholarships?

Over the weekend, the Stanford Cardinal accepted a pair of commitments. Shocker the program would land a set of twins, right? After producing the Collins boys and the Lopez brothers in recent history, Stanford now adds guard Marcus and Malcolm Allen (Las Vegas, Nev./Centennial) to the mix. Not everyone has scholarships available for twins. This time around Stanford did and there’s a reason. The ESPN 100 was light with recruitable players for the Cardinal. They simply didn’t have a very deep pool to pick from in the Class of 2013. That likely aided in them being able to take both Allen boys.

Tech pumping prospects from pipeline

People always talk about establishing pipelines into Atlanta. If coaches wish to land recruits from the Atlanta Express AAU team, the line forms behind Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory. Last year he won a tussle for PF Robert Carter, an alum of Atlanta Express. Over the weekend, F Quinton Stephens (Atlanta, Ga./Marist), another Express standout, pledged to Georgia Tech. One connection is Pierre Jordan, the son of Atlanta Express founder Winfred Jordan, who is a graduate student at GT. Next year, center Trayvon Reed (Snellville, Ga./Shiloh) will be on Gregory's radar. Will he become the fourth GT pledge with Express roots?

Jackson inching closer to decision

Point guards flew off Kansas’ board over the weekend. Anthony Barber (Hampton, Va./Hampton) tipped for NC State and JUCO stud Chris Jones (Memphis, Tenn./NW Florida JC) popped for Louisville. Those moves left Kansas with one remaining floor general on their upper tier prospect list: Demetrius Jackson (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian Catholic). There was talk that Jackson might visit Kansas last weekend but it didn’t happen. He’s headed to Notre Dame this weekend for a visit and there’s reason to speculate it could be his last trip. Illinois and Notre Dame are strong and he could reach a decision before ever getting to Kansas’ campus.

Tennessee product has two visits remaining

ESPN 100 forward Jonathan Williams III (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind) has visited Missouri, Georgetown and Tennessee and will make stops at Michigan State (Sept. 28) and Texas (Oct. 12) for his final official visits. Williams told RecruitingNation on Sunday night that he’s also looking at Kentucky and has been there enough times that an official visit is not needed.

Stress level down at Murray State

Steve Prohm looked nervous. He was standing underneath the basket at July's Nike Peach Jam, eyes intently focused on one player. Point guard Cameron Payne (Memphis, Tenn./Lusanne) was the guy in his sights and Prohm was staring right through him. When you're a mid-major coach locked in on a player in the manner Murray State was, every made bucket could be the one that convinces a bigger school to move on your recruit. Not to mention, you're battling other mid-level programs for the player. On Monday, Payne picked the Racers. Steve, it's ok ... breath!