Jarreau Reverses Field

Jernard Jarreau didn't need more than one official visit to make his pick. Shaka Smart's VCU Rams locked down a good one.

UPDATE: Jarreau phoned Scout.com late Monday night with a change of plans. "VCU is my No. 1 choice but I want to keep my options open," Jarreau told Scout.com. Washington conducted a Monday night home visit with Jarreau and he's going to take an official visit to the Pac-10 program this weekend.

There's a reason Jernard Jarreau heated up this past summer. The 6-foot-9 power forward out of New Orleans (La.) McDonogh 35 missed his entire junior season and needed a breakout summer for colleges to take notice.

"During his first game last year, he went up for a dunk and got undercut," Jarreau's grandfather, Ernest told Scout.com. "He broke his wrist and missed most of the season."

Jarreau made up for lost time with his play in July. He looks a lot like former Western Kentucky forward Jeremy Evans, a second round selection in the NBA Draft. Tulane, Washington, Tulsa and Louisiana Tech were impressed enough to offer him scholarships. On Monday, VCU secured the commitment.

Shaka Smart's team hosted him on an official visit in August and secured the pledge shortly after a home visit last week. "They had a real plan for him," Katrina Jarreau said of her son's new coaching staff.

"The players, coaches and staff did a great job. He clicked with the players and that's what he wanted the most."

Jarreau is a long, shot blocking forward with face-up game. He joins a talented Rams recruiting class that includes Pierra Henry, Briante Weber and Traveon Graham. Jarreau is rated a 3-Star recruit per Scout.com.

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