Darger Still Open

Joe Darger, one of the top small forwards in the class of 2005, was rumored to be close to a commitment to Utah. We spoke with his father and got an update on Joe's recruitment...

Joe Darger, 6-7 JR SF Riverton (Utah) High, is one of our favorite players in the class of 2005. In addition to terrific skills, Joe has a great feel, and passion, for the game. Evidence of that passion is the fact that Joe rises every morning at 5:30 to work out for a couple hours prior to school.

We spoke with Joe's father, John Darger, last weekend at the Smith's Ragu Classic in Salt Lake City about his son's recruitment.

Joe is one of the top small forwards in the west and he has drawn considerable attention already. According to Mr. Darger, Utah, BYU, Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, UCLA and Gonzaga have all been out to Joe's high school to watch him play.

Some people feel that Utah is the strong leader for Joe and there have been rumors that he has already decided to play for Rick Majerus. We asked Mr. Darger where his son stands today.

"He hasn't made any decision," said Mr. Darger. "Joe is just looking for the best fit. Moving out of the state would not be a big deal."

Mr. Darger talked some more about what his son is looking for in a school. "Early playing time will be a factor," said Mr. Darger. "He would like to get some time as a freshman.

We asked Mr. Darger if there is an early group of leaders for his son. "Right now, I'd say his top schools are Gonzaga, Kansas, BYU, Utah and Arizona," said Mr. Darger.

Joe has visited Arizona, Utah, Utah State and BYU unofficially. Mr. Darger said that Joe will likely take some early official visits and it's possible he could make an early decision -- maybe even by the spring.

Mr. Darger told us that Joe has a GPA of 3.7 and he scored 18 on the ACT.

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