Four remain for Colbert

With a visit coming up, four schools remain in the mix for Austin Colbert.

Three-star forward Austin Colbert is winding down his official visit process. The 6-foot-8 athletic power forward has always been focused on academics just as much as basketball, and now four schools remain in the mix for his services.

For Colbert he is not only trying to figure out his college destination, but he is now working on getting adjusted at a new high school. After spending last year at Lakeville (CT) Hotchkiss School, he is now at Gladstone (NJ) Gil St. Bernard's.

"At Gil it has been kind of hard because I am adjusting to a new system, new school, and new people," said Colbert. "At the same time everybody is really warm and welcoming. We are really getting after it every day athletically and we are working hard. Hopefully we can win the whole thing this year."

While adjusting to Gil, Colbert continues to make his official visits, and has four schools still on his list.

"I'm considering Miami, Illinois, Vanderbilt, and Seton Hall," said Colbert.

Recently he made the official visit down to Miami, and came away very impressed with what he saw.

"The visit was real nice," said Colbert. "It was my first official and I got to see a lot. From a recruiting standpoint I got to see how everything runs. I was able to see how Coach (Jim) Larranaga and Coach (Michael) Huger run the team. It was just a great experience and very eye opening."

Also Miami picked up a commitment from Colbert's friend and AAU teammate Davon Reed over the weekend, and the two have talked quite a bit.

"Davon and I have talked. I am just happy for him," Colbert noted. "He went to the school of his choice and that is the most important thing."

Up next for Colbert is a trip this weekend to Illinois. The Illini have made him a priority recently, and he is looking to see what Coach John Groce and his staff have going in Champaign.

"I just want to sit back and see everything they have to offer," Colbert noted. "I am going in there with open eyes and ears and want to learn everything. I will see how the players feel about Coach Groce and then get a sense from there. I am very interested in Illinois and they are running a great program so I want to see what they have to offer."

When it comes to Vanderbilt, academics really stand out. From the very beginning Colbert has placed a premium on academics, and Vanderbilt has that to offer.

"People call Vanderbilt the Harvard of the South for a reason," said Colbert. "They really stress getting your degree, and if you get your degree from Vanderbilt you are going to be set for life. It is really important to me that academics come first, and getting that degree would be monumental."

Seton Hall has a little home field advantage in this recruitment, and Colbert notes they have been recruiting him for a long time.

"I respect Coach (Kevin) Willard and Coach Shaheen (Holloway) tremendously," said Colbert. "They have been recruiting me since I was a freshman in high school going back to when I was at St. Patrick's. Just being back in New Jersey I know those guys work really hard and I have seen a couple practices and games and they really get after it."

For now he is in the process of making his decision, and Colbert says that won't be too far in the future.

"I always envision getting it done early and signing in the early signing period," said Colbert. "I will probably make a decision in October."

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