Alpharetta, Ga., Milton High School shooting guard Alex O'Connell has only been a target for University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his staff since the Hall of Fame coach watched him play last Friday.
But O'Connell said he feels like a "priority" for the Cardinals' staff.
The 6-foot-6 O'Connell was a breakout performer at the Peach Invitational last week and landed an offer from U of L and several other schools and on Wednesday confirmed he'll make an official visit to Louisville on Aug. 1.
O'Connell said he wasn't surprised by the rapid recruitment. He's noted several times that he would like to be committed by the end of August.
"I've seen quite a few places already," O'Connell said. "I want to see some others and I'm trying to fit them in soon. So, I just tried to get it set up. I want to get there and see Louisville for sure."
O'Connell said he's chatted with U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson every day and is building "a great relationship" with Johnson and Pitino.
"I feel like they are making me a priority," O'Connell said. "They'e been talking to me and they said they need a scoring wing and coach Pitino has told me that he really wants me."
While there are a ton of other schools getting involved in the recruiting process, O'Connell said he was "super excited" that the Cardinals' jumped into the mix. He said Pitino and Johnson helped him break down the programs roster.
"They're losing some guys and need a wing," O'Connell said. "He said I'm the guy he wants."
O'Connell, who averaged 22.3 points a game last season at Milton, was an All-Metro Atlanta North Fulton selection as a junior. His father, Mike, played for Bill Foster at Duke and his brother, Shawn, is a 6-foot-8 forward at Georgia Southern.
Playing for Team United on the Nike EYBL circuit, O'Connell averaged 14.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game. He has close to 30 offers now, including recent ones from N.C. State, Miami and Texas A&M.