Shooting guard Darryl Morsell absolutely exploded during the month of July. Morsell, who ran with Team Melo, saw his offer list explode, and made himself one of the hottest commodities on the East Coast. Now Morsell has narrowed his list to five schools, and Dayton, Maryland, Notre Dame, Villanova, and Virginia Tech remain in the mix.
About his decision to cut it down, Morsell said, "It was tough because I built relationships with coaches over time. It was hard to say no but I had to do what was best for me and find the schools I was most comfortable with."
Recently Morsell made an unofficial visit to Villanova. The national champions jumped into the mix in July with an offer, and the visit left a good impression on Morsell.
"I liked the visit," said Morsell. "It was real nice. Next year their gym is getting renovated and that will be nice. Also they are coming off of winning the national title and things are popping up there. They have an active fan base and I met the players and saw the coaches."
One thing that Villanova has in their favor is the presence of Phil Booth. Booth went to the same high school as Morsell and they have longstanding relationship.
"Phil is recruiting me just as hard as Jay Wright," said Morsell. "We went to the same high school. He was a senior when I was a freshman so he was mentoring me and molding me to become a good basketball player. Phil is like a big brother to me."
Another school that Morsell has visited is Dayton, and the Flyers did the best job of getting involved early in this recruitment.
"They’ve been recruiting me for a real long time," said Morsell of the Flyers. "They have recruited me the longest of the top five schools. Coach Archie (Miller) seems like a real good and genuine dude. Also John Crobsy is from Baltimore and he recruits me real hard."
Morsell continued about Dayton, "I just like Coach Archie’s plan for me and I feel like I could make a major impact right away. Also in Dayton, Dayton basketball is the biggest thing. Everything would be about basketball and that is something I like."
Coming up for Morsell is a visit to Maryland, and the in-state Terrapins are doing what they can to land his pledge.
"I grew up watching Maryland," said Morsell. "I have watched Maryland since they won the NCAA Tournament. It is just an honor to have to them recruiting me."
He continued, "Growing up they didn’t recruit too many guys from Baltimore, so for them to be so interested in me, that means they think highly of me because there is a lot of pressure on local kids who go there. Coach (Mark) Turgeon thinks highly of me, and says I can exceed those expectations. I think Coach Turgeon has a good plan and I’ve known Coach Bino (Ranson) since I was little."
An official visit is set to Notre Dame for September 17, and the Fighting Irish's history with guards is really playing into their favor.
"One thing that attracts me to Notre Dame is what they did with Demetrius Jackson and Jerian Grant," said Morsell. "I feel my play style is similar to them. Both of them were big attacking guards with athleticism."
When it comes to the visit, Morsell is hoping to get a complete feel for the Fighting Irish program.
"When I go on the visit I want to meet the players and see what the campus is like and what the community is like," said Morsell. "I'm going to a football game so that should be nice. I just want to continue to get to know the coaches and players better."
Finally there is Virginia Tech where Head Coach Buzz Williams is encouraging Morsell to blaze his own trail.
"Coach Buzz was the main reason they made the cut," said Morsell of the Hokies. "He is just an energetic individual. He has a big vision for Virginia Tech. He wants to see them get to the top and I could be a big help with that. He often talks about creating your own legacy."
For now Morsell says he has no specific time frame for a commitment, and it will come whenever he is ready to make a decision.