Next Step for Guerrero

Cezar Guerrero's recruitment has been an interesting one, to say the least. He found out on Monday that one of his favorites, Oklahoma, fired it's coaching staff. Find out how that development might impact his process, if he's taking any more visits, and get the latest on the recruitment right here in this Hawkeye Insider update.

The following story was written in the afternoon on March 14. That night, Guerrero verbally committed to Oklahoma State.

There never seems to he a dull moment in Joe Guerrero's life. A full-time job and handling his younger brother's recruitment comes full of twists and turns.

Cezar Guerrero plays point guard for St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Ca. The 6-foot, 170-pound dynamo is one of the more highly, sought-after lead guards in the Class of 2011 late signing period.

Last week, Guerrero was pushing his brother to let him use his final official visit on a trip to Miami. He already had seen Western Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Iowa.

"We talked about it," Joe said. "We're done with visits. I don't know the guys from Miami. They have not contacted me. They didn't come into see us during the season."

Joe and Cezar have said all along that building a relationship with the schools interested in the young Guerrero's services was a key factor in gaining a commitment.

"I just don't know about the schools that have just come in lately," Joe said. "It's kind of late in the process to get to know them. I just told (Cezar) that he has a great group of schools to choose from and we should go from there."

They built a relationship with Oklahoma, but that situation took a turn on Monday. The Sooners fired head coach Jeff Capel.

"I just found out like 15 minutes ago," Joe said early Monday afternoon. "I had been asking (the Oklahoma coaches) all along if they were going to be back. I think they felt better about their job security then it turned out."

Joe said that he would contact the Oklahoma athletic department Monday to get the latest on the basketball program.

"I want to get an idea of where they're headed, but obviously this changes everything," he said. "We built a relationship with that staff. It's sad they lost their jobs, but I'm glad it happened now so we know.

"In a way, it makes it easier. But it also difficult because we liked the school and we'd like to see what's going in there."

Joe said they'd listen to Oklahoma but Iowa and Oklahoma State clearly have a leg up in the recruitment of Cezar.

"I'm hoping that we have a decision this week," Joe said. "We're going to sit down in the next few days and talk about the pluses and minuses. That's going to be a lot harder to do with Oklahoma now."

Joe said while he's hoping for a decision this week, he's not going to push his brother, who has been receiving phone calls and text messages every day, all day.

"He had a great visit to Iowa," Joe said. "I don't want him to make an emotional decision based off that one game where they beat Purdue and the people rushed the court. I want us to sit down and go over everything and not have it be based on the emotion of that."

Florida State, Marquette and Kansas also had been out to see Cezar play and built a relationship with the family.

"I think those schools are real busy with preparation for their games in the postseason," Joe said. "We have not heard much from them. It's probably going to come down to Oklahoma State and Iowa and I still want to find out what's going on at Oklahoma."


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