Recruiting: Could Miller lure Famous to Arizona?
The start of the spring signing period is now just one week away, and Tuesday brought an interesting development in the recruitment of Jarrid Famous, a 6-foot-11 center from Westchester (N.Y.) Community College.
When we last gave an update on Famous, he had enjoyed an official visit to USF and was considering an official visit to Xavier. That changed this week when Xavier coach Sean Miller accepted the head coaching job at Arizona, effectively taking the Muskateers out of contention.
It did, however, make Arizona a new option for Famous, according to Westchester assistant Tyrone Mushatt. He said Tuesday that Miller had expressed an interest in bringing Famous to Arizona, and Mushatt said the center plans to take an official visit to Arizona the weekend of April 17. He's already visited Seton Hall and Missouri, with the latter in better position to sign him, though Villanova is expected to have coaches in to see Famous on Thursday, the first day after a weeklong quiet period with no in-person contact between coaches and recruits.
What does it mean to USF? Mushatt stressed that the Bulls still have "a great shot" at Famous, again with nearby relatives playing a big advantage for USF. The Bulls will have power forward Daequon Montreal and small forward Glenn Bryant in this weekend for official visits, then will have center Sandi Marcius in the next weekend -- whether the Bulls get Famous and/or Marcius remains to be seen.
-- Remember Gene Teague? The power forward/center from New Jersey signed with the Bulls last spring, but failed to qualify academically. When he headed back to New Jersey for a year of prep school, his intention was to make it back to USF, but it appears the two sides have gone their separate ways. Teague's father, Gene Sr., said Tuesday that his son will visit Southern Illinois this weekend and Western Kentucky the weekend after, then will choose between those two and Coastal Carolina, where he's already visited. Teague had an interest in returning to USF, but it seems like the Bulls were more comfortable with other post options available in this class ...