As of Friday, Travis Ford, a former UK Wildcat and current skipper of the UMass program, has his first recruit in Amherst from his home state of Kentucky.
Aaron Cosby, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard out of Louisville (Ky.) Manual, is a Ford early verbal commitment. Cosby is a member of the Class of 2010 and has been mentioned as one of the top underclassmen in the state.
Cosby attended UMass' first practice of the year when he made his October unofficial visit. "I was able to meet with the entire coaching staff and players," Cosby said in a press release. "I watched practice and saw how Coach Ford teaches the game. The campus felt very comfortable and I liked the college-town atmosphere."
As a freshman, Cosby averaged 11.1 points and 3.9 rebounds.
While he wasn't expecting to necessarily make an early decision, Cosby felt the vibe from the Minutemen and ended the process 12 days after returning from campus. "I believe in Coach Ford and his system is very comparable to my game," Cosby said.
"I wasn't necessarily looking to get it done early, but the opportunity presented itself and I couldn't pass it up. It's good to know that my future is set when I'm done playing high school ball."