Ledo Provides Star Power

The first big time player from New England that Keno Davis was able to land was Gerard Coleman, and now he has added Ricardo Ledo. The hope for the Friars is now that they will continue this recruiting momentum in their home turf and get back to the top of the Big East.

For years the Providence Friars have been trying to find a way to tap into the very lucrative New England Prep School talent base. Even when Pete Gillen had things rolling at Providence they did it with kids from all over the country, especially New York City, not necessarily from New England.

Now Head Coach Keno Davis seems to have things working. In 2010 Davis pulled in a major commitment when he landed Gerard Coleman from the Tilton School in New Hampshire. Coleman selected Providence over offers from schools such as Connecticut, Clemson, Boston College, and Louisville.

Currently as a freshman, Coleman is averaging 10.4 points and is the team's third leading scorer as the Friars have jumped out to an impressive 11-2 start.

Along with Coleman, in the 2010 class the Friars were able to land a pledge from Ron Giplaye. Giplaye, who is from Massachusetts, wasn't the high profile recruit that Coleman was, but still he has been a contributor on this year's team, and is someone who could play a significant role down the road for the Friars.

While those two no doubt were important recruits, Davis and lead recruiter Chris Driscoll landed their biggest pledge to date with Ricardo Ledo. Ledo is a top 10 recruit, and arguably the premier backcourt player in the entire 2012 class.

Add in the fact that he played two seasons at St. Andrew's High School in Rhode Island, and now is at South Kent in Connecticut and the commitment is of added importance. Also Ledo comes from the Expressions AAU program, based out of Rhode Island, which has recently produced several high-major division I prospects.

The pledge could signal that the Friars, led by Davis and Driscoll are here to stay in the area. The talent coming from schools in the New England Prep School Athletic Council is some of the best in the nation. While it is completely unrealistic to think that the Friars could land all of the top talent from that league, landing one or two quality players per year should be fairly reasonable, and if Providence does that they will be a factor in the Big East.

By landing Ledo the other top kids in the league who have played with or against him are far more likely to give the Friars a look. Top players like to play with other top players, and Ledo no doubt fits the mold of an elite level talent.

Ledo's commitment is less than 24 hours old, and it remains to be seen if the Friars will be able to capitalize on this momentum, but there is no doubt that this is the biggest pledge that Davis and his staff have received. Getting Coleman was huge after his breakout summer, but Ledo is simply on another level. Every school needs a game changing recruit, and no doubt Providence fans are hoping that Ledo is the man who fills that role.

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