Bonnies Land Crucial Target

Charles Burch was the No. 1 target of a certain Atlantic 10 school. After trimming his list from four and then down to a pair, one program has emerged with a commitment.

There's no doubt how important Charles Burch was to St. Bonaventure. First-year head coach Anthony Solomon trailed him almost daily in the summer. Assistant David First was never far behind. The Bonnies worked him hard and they had a special connection: First was Burch's high school coach last season. That didn't hurt.

On Monday afternoon, Burch became the signature recruit in Solomon's first recruiting class in Olean. He joins Isaiah Carson and Will Morse.

"It's a credit to [First] and Anthony Solomon because they knew Chuck over the last few years; Anthony knew him from when he was at Notre Dame recruiting Torin [Francis]," Tabor coach David Newman said.

Burch had his list narrowed to Richmond, Western Kentucky and the College of Charleston.

"Throughout the whole process I was proud of Charles because he took his time to research the schools. He did a lot of research, talked to people, got their input and was real level-headed about it. Ultimately, the comfort level with the coaching staff was the deciding factor."

St. Bonaventure worked Burch hard. In the end, it paid big dividends.

"They were on him all along. They never let up. They made it clear to him that they were committed from day one. He was their No. 1 guy. They were always asking ‘what can we do', but it was just Charles needing to sit back and think of it himself. Ultimately, he knew he was their No. 1 guy. He knew he'd have an important role on that team."

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