Mavunga Announces Decision Date, Has Leader

With one official visit down, and one more this weekend, the Julian Mavunga sweepstakes will soon have a winner. After visiting Oxford, Ohio this past weekend, Mavunga has set a firm timetable on when his decision will be made. the date set, now all Mavunga needs is a partner. Before taking any visits he announced that Miami University and Indiana State were tied. Now he has a leader.

With one official visit down, and one more this weekend, the Julian Mavunga sweepstakes will soon have a winner. After visiting Oxford, Ohio this past weekend, Mavunga has set a firm timetable on when his decision will be made.

"Sunday night I will sit down with my parents and talk to them," said Mavunga. "I plan on having my decision made by Sunday night. So, Monday morning I will announce it."

With the date set, now all Mavunga needs is a partner. Before taking any visits he announced that Miami University and Indiana State were tied in the race for his services, eliminating schools such as Witchita State, Southern Illinois, and George Mason. Now he has a leader.

After spending the better part of last weekend visiting Miami's campus, Mavunga says the RedHawks have taken an edge in the battle for his rights.

"What I saw at Miami this week was essential, and it was just a great place," said Mavunga. "The best way to say it is that I am even more excited than I was before."

The visit to Oxford also helped quell Mavunga's fears about the departure of Coach Frankie Smith. Smith had been the coach in charge of recruiting Mavunga. However, last month he took the job as head coach of Saginaw Valley State.

In previous interviews Mavunga had hinted that the departure of Coach Smith might have been holding him back from committing to the RedHawks. He also expressed concern in being able to replace everything the former Miami assistant brought to the table.

It took significant time thinking it over, but in the end, Mavunga simply came to the understanding that life goes on.

"When I thought about it more," said Mavunga. "I realized that Frankie has moved on to bigger and better things. I'm going to continue to call him up, and continue to speak to him, but Coach Henderson, Coach Pedon, and Coach Coles, they are really great guys and I love them. If I do end up committing to Miami I will find all the pieces to the puzzle."

It's a puzzle that the folks at Indiana State hope Mavunga will leave incomplete. The Sycamores get the last crack at Mavunga this coming weekend, and even the recruit knows he could leave Terra Haute with the same warm feelings that still resonate with him from his trip to Oxford.

"I think I can say freely that Miami is ahead of Indiana State right now, said Mavunga. "But that's because I haven't taken an official to Indiana State yet. Things can change." Indeed, things can change.

Until Sunday.


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