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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (10/22/2012): COMMITMENTS BEGIN TO SLOW
by Alex Schwartz
Commitments seem to have slowed down a bit over the past several days, but that does not mean we have been without any whatsoever.
In fact, while the total number may be smaller, a few superb seniors did take their names off the board since our last Recruiting Notebook. One Big 12 school landed a top-40 player, while a former Big 12 school also landed itself a top-40 player.
Jonathan Williams III was the top player to commit recently, and he is a huge pickup for the Missouri Tigers. A talented 6-foot-8 power forward, Williams is ranked No. 26 in the NBE Sports Class of 2013 Post-July Top 125. The Southwind (TN) star joins the long list of highly ranked 2013 prospects headed to SEC programs.
Baylor also picked up a major pledge, garnering a verbal commitment from Ishmail Wainright. The 6-foot-5 small forward was at one point briefly committed to Missouri, but then reopened his recruitment.
Wainright is a native of the Show Me State, but he transferred to Montrose Christian (MD) for his junior year and remains that for his final year of high school. He is ranked No. 32 in the NBE Sports 2013 Top 125. The news of his commitment was first reported by Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop.com.
According to multiple reports, one of the best forwards in the nation is down to six schools. Noah Vonleh, a 6-foot-8 power forward out of New Hampton (NH), has trimmed his list to Georgetown, Indiana, Ohio State, North Carolina, Syracuse, and UConn. Vonleh had been ranked No. 6 in the NBE Sports Class of 2014 Post-July Top 75. However, he has since reclassified back to 2013 and is regarded by most as a top-10 prospect in the senior class.
Evan Daniels of Scout.com and Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com have both reported that Jajuan Johnson is nearing a decision. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Southwind (TN) is reportedly down to Alabama, Marquette and Miami, and will be making his pledge on November 2nd. Johnson is ranked as the No. 63 player in the NBE Sports 2013 Top 125.
Scout.com’s Josh Gershon had the news that Washington State landed an in-state prospect in the class of 2013. Josh Hawkinson, a 6-foot-9 center out of Shoreline (WA), has reportedly opted for Wazzu as his future school.
While it might not be at the high-major level, Mike Kobani’s commitment to Appalachian State is still major news. Justin Byerly reported that the 6-foot-7 power forward from High Point Christian Academy (NC) had popped to Mountaineers. A rugged low post player who ran with the CP3 All-Stars this summer, Kobani could be a major impact guy for Jason Capel’s squad.
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