Favors Breaks Down His List; Adds Visit

Scout.com traveled to Atlanta to spend a few hours with the nation's top-rated prospect: Derrick Favors. During our visit to South Atlanta High School, the five-star prospect opened up about his high profile recruitment.

ATLANTA -- It all began for Derrick Favors when he was in the seventh grade. That's when he first started receiving attention from college programs.

Since then it's been a long road, which will come to an end in the near future. Favors, Scout.com's No. 1 prospect, is now down to five schools – Georgia Tech, Georgia, N.C. State, Memphis and Florida State.

It did, however, take some time narrowing his list.

"It was funny because when we first started I gave him a list of all of the Division I schools in the nation and I told him to cut his list down," South Atlanta head coach Michael Reddick said. "And when he cut it down there were still 54 teams on the list."

In August, Favors took his first official visit to Georgia. He was on campus with former AAU teammate Terrence Shannon, who has since committed to Florida State.

"We went out to eat and hung out with the players a lot," Favors said of the visit. "They had a cookout at coach [Dennis] Felton's house and played some video games too."

According to Reddick, Favors took a trip to Georgia prior to ever reaching high school.

"Georgia is only an hour away," Reddick said. "He went there to one of their camps. When he was in eighth grade he went to Georgia's elite camp. So right away he got to see Georgia and saw their facilities and he's comfortable and familiar with them."

So what is it that stands out about Georgia?

"Georgia has nice facilities down there and I know almost their whole team," Favors said. "I've either played with them or against them."

Nearly a month after his visit to Athens (Ga.), Favors spent a weekend touring the Georgia Tech campus and hanging out with their players. The Yellow Jackets also had Kenny Boynton and Mfon Udofia on campus the same weekend.

"They had a step show down there, then we went to the game," Favors said. "They had a cookout at Coach [Paul] Hewitt's house. It was fun."

Five Remain For Favors
Paul Hewitt and his staff have spent a considerable amount of time and recruiting effort on Favors, and the talented big man said they were one of the first schools to get in the mix.

"The coaching staff is real cool," Favors said. "The players are real cool and it's in Atlanta."

"They've been recruiting me for a long time," Favors continued. "It was probably seventh or eighth grade, back when coach [Wallace] Prather was still living. That's when I got involved with Georgia Tech."

One of the biggest advantages Georgia Tech has is their proximity to where Favors lives. The big man even admitted that he's thought about staying close to home.

"I think about that sometimes," he said. "I'd like it for my teammates to be able to come see me play."

"Logistically speaking he's right here in the city," coach Reddick said. "Javaris Crittenton went there and a few other people went there, so there's just a natural connection."

North Carolina State has done a terrific job recruiting the state of Georgia lately. They recently scored J.J. Hickson and helped him make a transition into the NBA. They also hold 2009 commitments from Lorenzo Brown and Richard Howell, both of which are from Atlanta.

The Wolfpack have also targeted Favors and he's set to take his official visit there on Friday. He's looking forward to the trip, as it'll be a chance for him to learn more about the N.C. State program.

"They've been trying for a while and I like their coaching staff," the 6-foot-9, 225-pound post prospect said. "I don't know much about them. It's a learning trip."

The rumor mill insists that Favors is down to the two Georgia schools, but both Favors and his high school coach dismissed it.

"They have a legitimate shot," Reddick said about N.C. State. "They've been coming down. They've watched him workout and they talk to him every now and then. They just stayed in contact and have tried to make him feel as comfortable as possible."

"He has this visit coming up and we'll find out how comfortable he'll feel," he continued. "It's a little further away, about seven hours away."

Just a week after the trip to Raleigh (N.C.), Favors will head to Memphis for what very well could be his final official visit. Memphis assistant coach Josh Pastner is the point man for Favors and has spent some time making up ground.

"With Memphis, Josh Pastner calls a lot," Reddick said. "But they haven't been down as frequently as these other teams, but they call a lot."

"They've come on much stronger recently since Josh got there," Reddick continued. "Josh called when he was at Arizona, but when he got to Memphis he continued."

Favors said he's looking forward to the visit, so he can spend some more time hanging out with John Calipari.

"I just want to meet with coach Calipari," Favors said. "My first time meeting him was when he came up for the school. That was my first time meeting him."

After the Memphis visit the plan is for Favors and the people helping him make his decision to sit down and begin breaking down the schools involved. Florida State is in the running for the fifth official visit, and he didn't rule out taking that trip.

Favors isn't quite sure when he'll make his final decision. He thinks he could wait until the spring, but his coach said there's still a possibility of him signing in the November period.

"I'm just going to wait probably," Favors said. "I might wait until April. If I choose early then I might commit in January or February."

"He says he doesn't know when he's going to do it," Reddick said. "As time has passed by he's thinking he might commit early. If he feels it by November then he'll let everybody know them. "

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