Tag:Class of 2011 recruiting
Posted on: January 1, 2011 10:44 am
Edited on: January 1, 2011 10:47 am

UCF lands first commitment of 2011

UCF's surprisingly great season got even better early Saturday when Michael Chandler, a consensus top 100 prospect from Indianapolis, committed to the Knights, according to multiple media reports.

The development was first reported by ESPN.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep.

"What sold me was coach [Donnie] Jones," Chandler told Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "I've built a great relationship with him and with the teammates, and my mom has built a great relationship with coach Jones also."

Rivals.com ranks Chandler 47th in the Class of 2011.

Scout.com has him ranked No. 84.

UCF is actually the third school to which Chandler has committed, joining Louisville and Xavier on the list of programs that have received a verbal from the 6-foot-10 center. So a little skepticism about whether he ever enrolls is probably fair. But, for what it's worth, Chandler swore this is his final decision.

"I know I have said this before, but I will sign with UCF," Chandler told Daniels. "This is by far the best decision for me."

UCF is 13-0 and ranked 19th nationally.

The Knights open C-USA play on Wednesday against Marshall.

Posted on: November 11, 2010 1:45 pm

Zeller picks Indiana

Class of 2011 standout Cody Zeller committed to Indiana on Thursday.

Zeller chose the Hoosiers over an offer from Butler and another from North Carolina. The 6-foot-10 center from Washington, Ind., is rated 20th nationally by Rivals.com. He's likely to become his family's third McDonald's All-American, joining brothers Luke Zeller (played at Notre Dame) and Tyler Zeller (now plays at North Carolina).

Zeller is IU's second commitment from the Class of 2011.

The other is Austin Etherington, a 6-5 wing from Arcadia, Ind.
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: November 11, 2010 12:41 pm

Zeller announcement coming up

Class of 2011 standout Cody Zeller is expected to announce his college decision this afternoon.

He's down to Butler, Indiana and North Carolina.

Most believe he'll pick IU.

We'll all know just after 1 p.m. ET.

(Click this link to watch Zeller's press conference live.)
Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:24 pm

No major surprises on Signing Day

It's National Signing Day.

I hope you're enjoying it.

There are no real surprises so far ... other than that LaQuinton Ross isn't expected to sign with Ohio State despite committing to the Buckeyes in August. The plan now, according to Ohio State beat writer Bob Baptist, is for Ross to visit OSU this weekend, then decide if he wants to sign with the school. Meantime, there are indications that Mississippi State might be back in the mix because two of Ross' summer teammates plan to enroll there.

Ross is from Mississippi.

MaxPreps.com ranks him seventh in the Class of 2011.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:30 pm

Madden changes course again, will sign Friday

Rashad "Ky" Madden has changed his mind again.

This time it's good for Arkansas.

"I talked to my dad and told [the Arkansas staff] that I'm going to sign on Friday," Madden told ESPN.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep late Tuesday, this after telling the Arkansas Democrat Gazette hours earlier that he would not sign with Arkansas in the early period that starts Wednesday. It's the latest twist in a recruitment that's had many, among them Madden's initial commitment to Arkansas that came in September even though he, according to multiple sources, was telling staffs up until the morning of his press conference that he planned to play at Ole Miss.

Madden signing Friday means Arkansas' five-player class is in tact.

Four of the prospects are consensus top 100 recruits in the Class of 2011.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 1:17 pm

Arkansas recruit opts not to sign early

Rashad 'Ky' Madden will not sign with Arkansas this week despite being committed to the Razorbacks, according to a report by Richard Davenport in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

Madden, a 6-foot-5 wing and consensus top 50 prospect in the Class of 2011, told Davenport he remains committed to the Hogs, but that he's concerned with the number of guards projected to be a part of the Arkansas program next season, and that he won't sign with any school until the late period. It's an interesting development due to the fact that Madden's commitment was deemed strange when it happened in late September, mostly because he was, according to multiple sources, telling people up until minutes before his press conference that he planned to sign with Ole Miss over other finalists Arkansas and Baylor.

Arkansas still has three prospects expected to sign this week.

They are B.J. Young, Hunter Mickelson, Aaron Ross and DeVonta Abron.

Young, Mickelson and Ross are all considered to be top 100 national prospects.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 12:18 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 12:18 pm

Kabongo recommits to Texas

Myck Kabongo didn't stay back on the market for long.

Just five days after announcing he was no longer comitted to Texas, Kabongo recommitted to Texas on Thursday and now plans to sign a national letter of intent with the Longhorns next week, recruiting analysts Evan Daniels (Scout.com), Eric Bossi (Rivals.com) and Dave Telep (ESPN.com) each reported. Kabongo is widely considered to be the No. 2 point guard in the Class of 2011, behind only Marquis Teague (committed to Kentucky).

Kabongo now plays at Findlay Prep in Nevada.

Two former teammates -- Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph -- already play at Texas.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 8:44 am
Edited on: November 2, 2010 8:45 am

Mississippi State jumps in recruiting rankings

Rivals.com has updated its recruiting rankings to reflect recent commitments.

The top 20 now looks like this:
  1. Kentucky
  2. Duke
  3. North Carolina
  4. Arkansas
  5. St. John's
  6. Syracuse
  7. Louisville
  8. Arizona
  9. Illinois
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Baylor
  12. Mississippi State
  13. Ohio State
  14. Rutgers
  15. Michigan State
  16. Alabama
  17. Virginia Tech
  18. Texas
  19. Oregon
  20. Xavier
The biggest mover from the last update is Mississippi State, which went from unranked to No. 12 after landing Rodney Hood (No. 21 at Rivals.com) and D.J. Gardner (No. 60 at Rivals.com). Meantime, Texas dropped from eighth to 18th because of the decommitment of Myck Kabongo (No. 24 at Rivals.com), an elite point guard who is now considering Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky and Syracuse in addition to the Longhorns.
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