The 2006 post recruiting picture has seen a number of changes in recent months. Prominent targets like Eric Boateng and Brandon Costner eliminated Michigan from consideration. Neither of those, however, was as surprising as the sudden drop from Ryan Wright’s list. Nonetheless, even with those departures the Wolverines still had a few very talented post prospects in their sights. Kendric Price (who is probably the top remaining target at this point), Uche Echefu (whom we will have more on later), and Arinze Onuaku were all still mentioning Michigan very highly.
Price long had a Michigan visit scheduled for September 25th and GBW learned a few weeks back that Onuaku was slated to join him. However, as was indicated on our messageboard last week, Onuaku suddenly backed out of his planned visit to Ann Arbor and reportedly dropped the Wolverines from consideration. Sources say he cited wanting to play closer to home as the primary reason. That leaves Echefu and Price and the most significant targets remaining on the board (though others will likely emerge).
Assistant basketball coach Charles Ramsey paid a visit Price’s school last week. According to Kendric, Coach Ramsey made it very clear that he was an important piece to Michigan’s puzzle. “The visit was pretty good,” Price said. “He came to the school and watched me work out. My coach also gave him a tour. Then he talked to me about how they see me fitting into the program how he really liked my potential.”
Michigan wasn’t the only school showing interest that day though. “Vanderbilt actually came in the same day,” Price said. “At one point they were there at the same time.” The Commodores had been recognized as the favorites recently, but Price didn’t talk leaders on this occasion. When asked if his parents favored either school, Price didn’t tip his hand. “My parents came for the visit too,” Price said “They liked both coaches and they don’t have any preferences right now. They are letting me make my own decision.”
Two other schools still showing interest in the skilled big man are Rhode Island and Ohio State. Rhode Island has been on Price since the beginning, but the Buckeyes are just now jumping back into the fray now that their coaching situation has been resolved. “I’ve been interested in Ohio State for a while, but once their coach got fired they kind of fell off,” Price said. “The new coach is there now and I guess he’s picked up their recruiting “
Price mentioned that both schools would probably make the trip to Massachusetts for in-school visits, but that he hasn’t made any travel plans of his own outside of those scheduled to Nashville and Ann Arbor. “I haven’t set up any other visits besides the ones to Vanderbilt and Michigan yet,” Price said. “It’s still up in the air.”
It’s quite likely that Price could have his mind made up after the two aforementioned visits. That said, he made it clear that he won’t be making a hasty choice. “I’m not going to make any decisions on the trips, but I should have a good sense of the direction I want to go in after I take them,” Prices said.
There won’t be a lull in Michigan’s recruitment of the Boston area product. Both Tommy Amaker and Courtney Sims will be doing their best to keep the Maize and Blue fresh in the young man’s mind between now and his visit. “Coach Amaker is coming in but we haven’t set up a date yet,” Price said. “I think he is going to come before the Michigan visit. And Courtney…I actually talked to him last night and two nights ago.”
Michigan fans may know very soon whether his efforts reap dividends.
In other recruiting news, GBW learned last week that 2006 prospect Isaiah
Dahlman dropped Michigan from consideration.