Working on Macon the Grade

After an early commitment from West Virginia, Elijah Macon is now back on the board and is taking a strong look at numerous schools.

One of the top talents at the power forward position in the 2012 class is Elijah Macon. After making a very early commitment to West Virginia, Macon backed off that pledge, and is now focused on getting his academics in order while also taking a new look at his recruitment.

Last year Macon put up some big numbers in helping Columbus (OH) Marion-Franklin High School to one of their best seasons in recent years. Now he is hoping to do more of the same this year.

"I am really excited for the season," said Macon. "I expect us to get back to the city championship, and we should be way more mature this year than we were last year."

With a big year from Macon on the floor that could lead to more recruiting attention off of it. At one time he thought he was ticketed for West Virginia, but now Macon has taken a step back.

"I've been hearing from Tennessee a lot lately, Cincinnati, DePaul, West Virginia, Xavier, Dayton, and Ohio State," explained Macon.

The most recent visit that Macon took was to Cincinnati. While he had some familiarity with the campus, it was his first time being there specifically to see things.

"It was fun," said Macon of the Cincinnati trip. "It was my first time there on a serious trip. I had been there before for an AAU tournament, but this was my first visit. It was cool. I got to see everything. It was just real cool."

Normally when a prospect de-commits from a school he doesn't go back there, but Macon could be a different case because of the relationship he has with the West Virginia staff.

"Everything is good with them," Macon said of West Virginia. "They are always going to be family whether I choose to go there or not. I can call Bob Huggins and just talk to him and stuff. He is just one of those people I can talk to."

While Macon has taken a visit or two, and is checking out the recruiting scene, his major focus is on academics. After not putting his best foot forward early on in his high school career, Macon is trying to make up for lost time by working hard in the classroom.

"I am doing everything I can do this year," said Macon. "I have been going to all my tutors, and just doing everything that I can do to get the grades."

With four-star talent and a renewed focus in the classroom, Macon is hoping this is the season where he breaks out both on and off the court.

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