Kansas recruit Brandon Costner has officially started taking visits to colleges. The 6'8" physical power forward could be an answer in 2005 when Bill Self's squad loses Wayne Simien to graduation. Costner visited the University of Virginia last week (May 7-9), and will head to Connecticut on an unofficial trip this upcoming weekend (May 14-16). The blue chip recruit explains what he's looking for in his trip to Storrs. "I want to see what the campus looks like and meet Coach Calhoun for the first time."
Costner is taking an unofficial visit to UConn so that he can plan another trip to a college not as close to home in the future. It appears Kansas has a good chance of bringing the power forward to Lawrence. "I would say probably," said Costner. "As of right now, I think Kansas would get one."
However, if the recruiting trip does happen, it may not come anytime soon. Costner already has an official scheduled with UCLA on May 20th, and the Summer AAU circuit has him very busy. "That's why I'm taking the visit to UCLA on the 20th, because it was the only open weekend." Costner appears to remain neutral on where he may end up. "No one is in the lead right now. I'm still wide open."
Bill Self and Joe Dooley we're at Seton Hall Prep which is Costner's high school in New Jersey a couple of weeks ago for an in-school meeting. "It went well. Coach Self seemed real genuine during their presentation. Both coaches are down to earth guys who meant what they said."
Another factor that could benefit Kansas in the long run is Costner's relationship with Assistant Coach Dooley. "He and I have developed a good relationship. Coach Dooley was one of the first coaches interested in me, and he's stayed interested in me during the whole process."
Costner is a 2005 product who knows he has plenty of time left, so he has not narrowed down his list of schools much at this point. Besides KU, UConn, UCLA, and Virginia, there's a ton of other colleges still alive. Include IIndiana, Michigan, Seton Hall, North Carolina State. Florida, St. Joe's, and Villanova as schools continuing to pursue Costner. The heralded recruit spent a ton of time on the phone during the open contact period during April talking to an average of five coaches per night.
However, Costner has enjoyed the process for the most part. "It's gone well for me, but it does get kind of overwhelming at times." Stay tuned to Phog.net as we continue to follow the recruitment of one of the East Coast's finest.