High Majors Track 2010 Prospect

Although Josh Hairston is a 2010 prospect, he's already being recruited by some of the best programs in the country. He recently took a handful of visits and he spoke to Scout.com about his recent developments.

Josh Hairston became a household name among college coaches this past spring and although he's just a sophomore, he's already reeling in scholarship offers and picking up interest from some of the best schools in America.

Thus far, the 6-foot-8, 210-pound combo forward is getting interest from Ohio State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Georgetown, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Arizona, Villanova, Georgia and Minnesota.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time," Hairston said about the early interest. "It's a great experience, all the schools are great and all the coaches are great so I'm just going to take it one day at a time."

The Spotsylvania (Va.) Courtland standout has visited a number of schools recently. The Buckeyes, Hoyas and Hokies are among the schools showing him the most interest and all three recently had him on campus.

"Ohio State was a great experience and we enjoyed it a lot," Hairston said. I've also visited Georgetown recently and I spent the day up there with some of their players and I've been to Virginia Tech. I actually went to their homecoming football game. I spent some time with their players and their coaches."

Hairston's high school coach, JT Nino, said there was a specific event that set off his recruitment and since then he hasn't had much of a break, as his phone has been ringing off the hook.

"It's actually been a whirlwind ever since he played in the Charlie Weber event before his freshman year," Nino said. "Ever since that day people have been calling non-stop. I have basically four to five phone calls every day and he gets tons of mail at the school."

"I think what happened was he had the typical regional schools in UVA, Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia Tech and a couple of others and what really took it off was Ohio State really came in the mix and that's pushed the recruiting buttons from other colleges."

Although he's clearly being targeted by a number of high-major programs, Hairston doesn't seem to be in a rush to make a decision. He will, however, continue to examine schools and take visits.

"I'm just going to see if it's a school I know I want to go to and I feel comfortable with," Hairston said. "Then I'm definitely going to go ahead and say I want to go to that school, but right now I haven't found that school yet."

"I'm just going to take it day by day and take a look at all the schools," he said. "At the end of the day I just want to make sure the decision that I make is the best decision for me."

With the upcoming season, Hairston won't have much time to take visits, but he is set to take an unofficial visit to Virginia, when they battle Syracuse on December 5th.

Speaking of the high school season, Nino said his talented 2010 prospect will play both on the wing and in the paint for Courtland this year.

"This year he's a little bit stronger and we're hoping he can play with his back to the basket a little bit more. I think that's what entices college coaches, is his ability to do both and it'll create that mismatch at the college level."

"I'm hoping he can play with his back to the basket more this year and still continue to develop out on the wing," Nino continued. "That's one of the things he's been able to do since day one is be able to take someone off the dribble on the wing."

Hairston and his Courtland squad will play their second scrimmage of the season tonight against Mountain View, and they'll kick off their season on December 4th against Brooke Point.

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