Recruiting Rundown

This edition of the Recruiting Rundown touches on the recent rise in commitments, Dez Wells' decision and an early look at some important visits this coming weekend.

Commitments pick up

Over the past few years, the days following the July evaluation periods have led to a bunch commitments.

But this year has been different.

Through the first 25 days of August, just two top 100 prospects made their college decisions. Tyler Ennis opted for Syracuse and Mike Young went with Pittsburgh.

But since August 26th, things have started to pick up. Kris Jenkins, a top 100 power forward, verbally pledged to Villanova, five-star Nick King opted for Memphis and then this past weekend top 100 big man Damian Jones committed to Vanderbilt.

The past few days have also yielded pledges from London Perrantes (Virginia), Jaron Hopkin (Colorado), Luke Worthington (BYU), Joe Boyd (Drake), Terrence Samuel (Connecticut) and Olaf Schaftenaar (Oregon State).

So why the change in pace?

I think the amount of spring events and constant travel for players slowed down the process. The schedule in the spring didn't allow for much opportunity for prospects to take college visits.

Now that the spring and summer events are over, prospects are getting an opportunity to take visits and slowly but surely decisions are starting to roll in. Expect September to be a big month for decisions.

Dez Wells' decision is in

Dez Wells made his college choice Tuesday morning.

After taking college visits to Kentucky, Memphis, Maryland and Oregon, Wells, a transfer from Xavier, opted to go with the Terrapins, giving Mark Turgeon a major addition .

Wells is expected to apply for a waiver to potentially play this season, but the status of said application is unknown and likely wouldn't be ruled on for sometime.

Maryland's 2012 five-man recruiting class finished No. 16 overall. Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare were their highest ranked pick-ups, plus they snagged Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz, who could be a significant contributor.

Maryland's recent surge on the recruiting trail is impressive. Turgeon and company are reeling in talent and the type of prospects that can take his team from rebuilding to a player in the ACC.

The Terps already have big man Damonte Dodd on board in the 2013 class and are targeting the Harrison twins, Roddy Peters, Rysheed Jordan and others.

Coming up?

This past weekend was the first significant visitor weekend of the fall.

A number of top level prospects like Aaron Gordon, Jabari Bird, Marcus Lee, Cat Barber, Chris Jones, Xavier Rathan-Mayes and BeeJay Anya made college visits.

This weekend will likely bring much of the same. Here are a handful of important visits this coming weekend:

LouisvilleAnthony Barber, Marcus Lee
Memphis – Dwight Coleby
MissouriDevin Booker
Ohio StateKeita Bates-Diop
Oklahoma State – Chris Jones
Virginia – Austin Nichols
Wake ForestDavon Reed

Look for our visit breakdown on Friday, as there will be plenty of additions.

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