Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Georgetown in position for strong finish
By Dave Telep
We’re coming up on the dawn of early signing period and many of the big dogs in the Class of 2013 plan on tabling decisions until the late period, while begins in April. While we’re likely to have a new member of the 2013 class (Dakari Johnson) as soon as this week, we may need extra time for his situation to play itself out.
John Thompson III was in Florida last weekend to meet face-to-face with Dakari Johnson.
In looking over the hit list for some of the top schools, one involved with a handful of good players hasn’t been given the proper credit for its work. Because they only have one commitment, few are talking about the Georgetown Hoyas. Sure, they landed forward Reggie Cameron (Paterson, N.J./Hudson Catholic) and he’s a ESPN 100 guy, but that's only one commitment.
Well, the Hoyas aren’t done. Look at who they’re involved with. By my count, they’re interested in three potential McDonald’s All-Americans. Power forward Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton) is scheduled to visit Georgetown Dec. 14 for his official trip. And the Hoyas are one of two finalists for center Kennedy Meeks (Charlotte, N.C./West Charlotte); North Carolina is the other.
And then there’s Johnson. Last weekend, according to a pair of sources, the Hoyas had head coach John Thompson III in Florida for face time with the big fella. That couldn’t have hurt, especially since many of the schools Johnson is likely to consider have not been nearly as aggressive as sending their head coach to see him. Florida’s Billy Donovan has checked in, but much of Johnson's recruiting thus far in the fall has been from assistants. Georgetown made sure Johnson saw it first in command.
There are plenty of schools that need a big finishing kick to complete their classes. Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State come to mind. Better not forget about the Hoyas, though, because securing just one of their three targets would be a win. Landing two of them would be a shot over the bow to guys who hang in elite recruiting circles.