Not done yet: Book far from closed on class of 2012
Even though Amile Jefferson made his college decision on Tuesday afternoon, there are still plenty of available prospects in the class of 2012. The signing period ends this week, but the book won't be closed for awhile.
|After Jefferson's decision, Devonta Pollard became the nation's best uncommitted prospect in the class of 2012. (US Presswire)|
Amile Jefferson might have been the highest-ranked player yet to make a college decision -- but that changed when he announced for Duke on Tuesday afternoon.
Once Jefferson made his choice, Devonta Pollard was immediately the next one on the clock. The 6-foot-7 forward from Kemper County (Miss.) is ranked No. 22 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100, and he is still taking his time. The four finalists for Pollard are: Alabama, Texas, Georgetown and Missouri. However, Missouri doesn’t have any scholarships at this point, and Georgetown assistant coach Robert Kirby is leaving for LSU, which could hinder the Hoyas.
Big man Chris Obekpa, a 6-foot-8 shot-blocker from Our Savior New American (N.Y.), is still considering Oregon, Providence, DePaul, Cincinnati, St. John’s and Connecticut. The Bearcats have been considered the leader, but Oregon is making a push as well. The other Big East schools on his list are still involved as well.
Former Virginia Tech signee Montrezl Harrell has been one of the hot names in the recruiting world since the Hokies made a coaching change. Once he officially is released from his letter of intent, expect schools to heat up their pursuit of Harrell. Kentucky has been one of the schools linked with him in the past couple of weeks.
The other top-100 recruits available -- Norvel Pelle, Michael Chandler, Torian Graham and Savon Goodman -- might need to reclassify and take a prep year to clean up any academic hurdles. Former top-100 prospect Nino Jackson is back on the AAU circuit and is exploring prep school options, but junior college might have to be his route.
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