Short list for Eloy Vargas?

Eloy Vargas told in early July that he had narrowed his list to six programs and that he was planning to make a decision soon. Obviously, that didn't happen. Does the 6-foot-10 forward still have a short list of favorites? Where does Louisville stand?

Eloy Vargas recently returned to Plantation, Florida after a short vacation home to visit with family and friends. It certainly was time off well earned, as the 6-foot-10 forward had an outstanding summer while leading Team Breakdown to the title game of the RBK Summer Championship in Las Vegas and the AAU National title in Orlando.

With his performance over the summer, Vargas has no shortage of college options. He's got heavy-weight programs angling for services, schools like Louisville, Florida, Pittsburgh, Florida State, Indiana, Ohio State and Miami. But those programs will have to wait.

"There's not really much going on with his recruitment," said Vargas' high school coach, Danny Hertz. "He just got a chance to spend two weeks at home with his family and that was good for him. He's one hundred percent being recruited, but there's no big action right now."

Vargas has scheduled no official visits and there appear none on the immediate horizon. While Hertz expects several college coaches to come calling in September to check in with Vargas, he said he'd be surprised if the 6-foot-10 forward made a decision before next spring.

"I'd be surprised if he (signs early) and that has changed," Hertz said.

Vargas told in early July at the Reebok U Camp in Philadelphia, PA that he had narrowed his list to Ohio State, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Florida, Florida State and Miami and that he was planning to make a decision soon. Obviously, that didn't happen.

"I don't know if the list expanded," Hertz said. "Obviously we went to a few schools and he saw a few more and a few more got involved with him. It's not like he's gone and searched out more (schools) to add. It's not that way. To his credit, he played really well and people want to get involved with him."

The short list that Vargas gave in July doesn't carry much weight in late August.

"I don't think there is a shorter list right now," Hertz said. "I think most of the schools recruiting him have prioritized him. He had a great summer and now he's one of the top players in the country. So he's been prioritized by those schools that need someone for '08."

Is Louisville still in the mix?

"Oh, yeah," Hertz said. "They've done a great job recruiting him."

Vargas will team with another Louisville recruiting target this season at American Heritage, 2009 star guard Kenny Boynton. Those two teamed together on the AAU circuit over the summer and have developed excellent chemistry on the basketball court.

"The two of them have played together for the past three summers," Hertz said. "They have chemistry together and it's a situation where it's a good inside-out combination. You've got Kenny, who is a dynamic scorer on the perimeter, and Eloy, who is one of the best big men in the country. That's a combination that should be successful for us."

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