Daniels recruitment enters home stretch

As he is one of the elite talents in the Class of 2011, the recruitment of DeAndre Daniels has been one of the most closely-watched nationally in recent months. Now, with an official visit to Duke set for Friday, it appears as if the process will at last enter its final stages.

One way or another, the recruitment of DeAndre Daniels will be entering the home stretch this weekend.

Having already taken four out of his five available official visits, Daniels – a 6-foot-7 small forward from Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy – will trip to Durham, N.C. on Friday to begin an official with the Duke.

Since the visit was announced, speculative reports have emerged citing Duke as the leader in the race to obtain his services - surging ahead of Kansas and Texas. But IMG basketball director Andy Borman doesn't believe that to be entirely accurate.

To his mind, the Jayhawks and Longhorns are both still firmly entangled with the Blue Devils, and remain very much a factor in Daniels' recruitment.

"I think it's hard to say someone is the leader when you haven't gone and visited them," he said. "Is he intrigued by Duke? Yeah, but they're also new. Out of the schools that are recruiting him they're the newest to the table, and I think he needs to go and put his eyes on them and experience them."

Though no firm date has been set for a decision, Borman believes it will likely happen soon after the visit to Duke takes place - for a very practical reason.

"The thing I've told everybody is that after he takes his visit to Duke, he's out of official visits," he explained. "This is his fifth and final visit. I can't put a timetable on it, but I would imagine it would come soon after that."


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