Recent firings are sure to impact recruiting

New broke today that a pair of college coaches were relieved from their duties, which means a number of high school prospects are affected by the recent events.

The coaching carousel is in full swing.

That became apparent Tuesday morning when news broke that Matt Doherty was out at SMU and Darrin Horn would be relieved of his duties at South Carolina.

Prior to those two firings, Doc Sadler, Bruce Weber and Jim Baron were all released from their contracts.

So what's the impact on the recruiting world?

The next few weeks will be immense in terms of prospects deciding if they will stay with their original school and how they go about searching for a new destination.

Thus far, there hasn't been a top 100 prospect impacted by the recent firings, but there certainly are prospects that will pique the interest of high major programs.

Post prospects are often times the most sought out players this late in the game and there are three prospects – Blaise Mbargorba, Tyrone Haughton and Keith Coleman – that are likely to see their recruitments take off if they opt out of their Letter of Intent.

At nearly 7-feet tall, Mbargorba, of Highstown (N.J.) Peddie School, gathered high major attention late in the process and strongly considered Vanderbilt, as well as Northwestern, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, and Temple the first time around.

Much like Mbargorba, Haughton, an athletic 6-foot-9 post prospect, got better late in the summer and drew the attention of high major schools. Alabama, Marshall and Virginia Tech were factors before he opted for the Gamecocks.

Of the three, Coleman was the toughest to gather information on prior to his commitment to Nebraska. After a prep school year at Lee Academy, the 6-foot-8, 245-pounder, went the JUCO route and opted for the Huskers.

While a mystery must of the last year 6-foot-8 big man Jordan Hare is another name many coaches will begin researching. He's an impressive talent that had high major interest the first time around before he went with Rhode Island.

Other prospects affected with recent movement include 2012 prospects Uche Ofoegbu, Brian Bernardi, Bobo Drummond, Benny Parker, Shavon Shields and Gahro Alihodzic.

Illinois has two prospects – Jalen James and Malcolm Hill – committed in the 2013 class. Both have been quiet in regards to information on their current situations, since Bruce Weber was let go.

While all of these prospects are impacted immediately with the recent firings, decisions on opting out of Letter of Intents usually don't happen until a conversation with the Athletic Director occurs and a new coach is hired.

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