Posted: 1:40 am Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
By Michael Carvell
The best small forward in the nation for next year might be from the Atlanta area.
Wheeler High School’s Jaylen Brown was already rated as nation’s No. 10 overall prospect for 2015, but his stock soared even higher this week after scoring 48 points in an AAU game.
The 6-foot-7 Brown got an offer from Kentucky a couple of weeks ago, and the Wildcats are predicted to beat out Georgia Tech and UGA for his signature, according to the 247sports.com Crystal Ball Predictions. Brown also hears regularly from UGA, Ohio State, Florida and Kansas, among others.
Brown seems to have a good perspective on the wacky recruiting process. Here’s what he told the Louisville Courier’s Steve Jones about it:
“Sometimes you get tired of hearing the same stuff over and over again,” he said. “Some of them are 40, 50 years old. I’m 17, so what do we really have to talk about for 20 minutes?
“… They want you to come to their school. ‘This is the best school for you. You’ll be an NBA player if you come to this school.’ Da, da, da, stuff like that.”
EX-VOL HEADED TO FSU: Florida State announced the signing of Phil Cofer, the 6-foot-8 forward from Whitewater High School. Cofer abruptly signed with Tennessee without taking an official visit in last November’s early period, and requested a release from his letter of intent after the Volunteers changed coaches last month. Both of Cofer’s parents were athletes at Tennessee, and his father, Michael Cofer, played 10 seasons in the NFL. The younger Cofer was also considering Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, but only took a recruiting trip to FSU. “We are excited to add Phil to our roster,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said in a statement. “He is a strong player who allows us to become a better team. His athleticism, his motor and his ability to score and rebound the basketball will allow him to be successful in our system.” NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from signing two letters of intent in the same calendar year, so Cofer signed a non-binding grant-in-aid with FSU, meaning he can still visit other colleges and won’t officially be a Seminole signee until he attends his first day of classes. Cofer averaged 19.3 points and 12.8 rebounds this past season at Whitewater.
ACC SUPPORTS EARLY SIGNING PERIOD: It flew under the radar at last week’s ACC spring meetings, but the conference will recommend an early signing period every August for football to the NCAA. “Our feeling is that it would be a healthy thing for the recruits … the student-athletes in a sense that it would give them an opportunity to make their decision and fully commit to it and sign and be able to play and study during their senior season without the distraction of the recruiting process, which can be very significant,” ACC commissioner John Swofford told the Orlando Sentinel. “Our feeling is if a player knows where he wants to go and is ready to make a commitment, then it really enhances the situation for that player first of all and for the institution.” Swofford didn’t offer any more details on the plan, such as if early signees would automatically get a release if the college’s head coach left after the season or if prospects could take official visits during their junior year of high school.
SUMMER TIME: Georgia Southern is taking advantage of NCAA rules to have summer football camps across the state, including two stops in in the Atlanta area – Mt. Vernon Presbyterian on June 9, and Stockbridge High School on June 10. It costs $40 per player at http://www.georgiasouthernfootballcamps.com/
OUT OF STATE: Georgia’s top two running backs are both headed out of state for their college football careers. Sandy Creek High School’s Eric Swinney committed to Ole Miss over Auburn on Friday. Swinney is rated as the No. 12 overall prospect in the 247sports composite rankings. A few weeks ago, McEachern High School’s Taj Griffin tweeted out his commitment to Oregon over Clemson and UGA. He’s rated as the state’s No. 7 prospect and the top all-purpose back in the country. “I picked Oregon because of the way they want to use me, the chance to play early, and there also going to be giving my brother an opportunity,” Griffin said. Griffin’s older brother, quarterback Ty Griffin, recently announced that he is transferring from Georgia Tech after one year. The brothers both made unofficial visits to Oregon’s spring game, and Ty could join the Ducks as a walk-on or scholarship player.