With most of the heated 2017 recruiting battles settled and signatures on the dotted line, here is a look at five recruitments with a lot of time left to play out in the 2018 class which could be the mostly hotly contested in the class.
As a five-star player in the heart of ACC country, it is no surprise that Zion Williamson is going to be one of the most intense recruiting battles around. His step father attended Clemson, so the Tigers have a connection, and of course Duke and North Carolina are also right there in the mix with Williamson.
Add in national brands such as Arizona and Indiana and regional power programs such as Maryland, Miami, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and NC State right in the mix as well, and it is clear that this recruitment is going to be one of the most hotly contested.
Williamson plays for a high profile AAU program and for a high school that is willing to go on the road and play people, so coaches will be all over Williamson, and with passionate fan bases tracking his every move, this could become one of the most intense battles in the country.
A top five prospect, Romeo Langford, has all of the requisite schools recruiting him to make for one of the most intense battles in the country. Indiana, Louisville, and Kentucky are all within two hours of his house, and all have offered and seem to be making him a priority.
Also national heavyweights such as Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, and UCLA have all made their way in to see Langford at different points in time during the fall and winter.
Because of his position as the top perimeter player in the class, his exciting style of play, and the fact that he seems open to any and all suitors on the recruiting trail, this could end up being one of the most interesting and high profile recruitments in the class, and there is no doubt it will be one of the most intense recruitments to track.
Out West it looks like Jordan Brown is going to be the player that draws the most attention. Already UCLA, Arizona, and California have made sure to make him a priority, and when those three schools all turn up the heat on a recruit that means the battle will be extremely intense.
Also you have Stanford with their combination of location and academics making a strong push with Nevada and St. John’s also trying hard.
Brown doesn’t look to be someone who is going to decide early, so this projects to be one of the most heated recruitments, and don’t be shocked if more power programs get involved before it is all said and done.
Whenever a point guard has the combination of intelligence, bloodlines, grades, and athleticism, it is going to turn into a major recruiting battle, and that is exactly the case with Darius Garland.
The Tennessee native already has Indiana and Duke recruiting him as hard as anybody, and Louisville, Tennessee, Florida, Illinois, UCLA, and others are making him a priority as well.
At this point Garland really hasn’t named favorites, though the Hoosiers, Blue Devils, and Cardinals are all very much in the picture. His father has roots in Indiana, he now lives in Tennessee, so Garland has ties all over the country, and could be someone who sees his recruitment go for a while, with a lot of twists and turns.
Five-star point guard Courtney Ramey has already proven to be someone who is willing to make visits and check out a lot of programs. With that, and the fact that his father is a long time AAU coach, a ton of schools have ties to the athletic and smart floor general.
Already Ohio State, Illinois, Louisville, Texas, Creighton, Iowa, Missouri, Florida, and others have received unofficial visits, and there is no doubt others will follow.
Considering Ramey lives in St. Louis, it is fairly easy for him to get to many schools from many power conferences.
Look for Ramey to have an extended recruitment in which he becomes one of the most sought after players, and a lot coaches will make sure to be tracking his every move.