It was a pretty quiet week on the recruiting front in football, especially for this time of the year. However, basketball recruiting was pretty busy this week with a number of four-star recruits committing and even a five-star picking his school.
I’ll start with basketball this week because it was probably the most active, relative to what time of the year it is. Two four-stars decided to commit when point guard Shereef Mitchell decided to commit to Creighton, which was a big-pull for the Blue Jays. Then on the same day small forward Juwan Gary decided to commit to Avery Johnson and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Johnson has done a very good job of recruiting at Alabama and he was able to continue it by securing the pledge of Gary.
The really big splash of the week though was with five-star point guard D.J. Carton committing to Chris Holtmann and Ohio State. Not much was expected of the Buckeyes this year but they were able to make the tournament and if Holtmann can land more guys even close to the caliber of Carton the program should only continue to trend upward.
Now onto football. The school that had the best week on the football recruiting trail was Auburn. Gus Malzahn was able to secure commitments from 2020 four-star outside linebacker Quandarrius Robinson and a four-star guard for this years class, Keiondre Jones. Auburn has been able to land front-seven players under Malzahn and that continued this week.
NC State is a non-traditional power that seems like they are on the rise and they were able to strengthen what has been a nice recruiting year for them so far by pulling in four-star defensive tackle Joshua Harris, Texas grabbed a skill position player in the form of four-star wide receiver Demariyon Houston, and Washington and USC were both able to bring four-star recruits to the Pac-12, athlete Asa Turner to Washington and tight end Ethan Rae to USC. Ohio State added another big-time recruit in the form of four-star inside linebacker Kane Patterson.
As I wrote about earlier this week, the biggest recruiting story of the week was Notre Dame pulling the scholarship offer to four-star wide receiver T.J. Sheffield after he had committed to the school not even a week before. This was a unique situation just in the sense of a player of Sheffield’s caliber having something like that happen to him, the actual act of a school changing their mind on a player however is not that unique. If you want to read more about my opinions on that you can check out the article I wrote about it right after it happened.