Cothron Focusing on Three?

Basketball recruiting is picking up around the country as 2010 prospects are committing to colleges everyday with the fall signing period fast approaching. Red Springs (NC) Flora MacDonald standout Luke Cothron's recruitment is taking shape.

Basketball recruiting is picking up around the country as 2010 prospects are committing to colleges everyday with the fall signing period fast approaching. Red Springs (NC) Flora MacDonald standout Luke Cothron's recruitment is taking shape.

"Recruiting is going great right now," said Cothron. "I don't have just one leader or anything like that, but I think I can say I have a top three. It's Tennessee, Alabama, and NC State. Those are the three schools that are recruiting me hardest. Those aren't my final schools, but it is my top three."

Cothron has been hosting schools at Flora MacDonald, and some colleges have also visited his mother in Huntsville, Alabama, Cothron's hometown.

"I have had a lot of them come by here, but some have been out to see my mom too," said Cothron. "Alabama, NC State, Tennessee, UCONN, and some others went out to see her. It just lets me know they really want me."

One visit has already been scheduled, and Cothron indicated he plans on visiting another school.

"I've set a visit with Tennessee, it's going to be in a few weeks," he said. "I also know I'll definitely be visiting NC State, but I haven't set up that one yet."

The talented power forward has been a frequent visitor to NC State, as he has attended a few of the Wolfpack's football games this fall.

"I just want to know more about them," said Cothron. "I always want to see the campus and get a feel for the day-to-day life. It's neat going up there for the football games... seeing the fans.

"They are recruiting me hard. Coach Lowe believes I can come in and be an impact player for them."

Cothron is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 57 player in the 2010 class by Scout.com. He holds offers from NC State, Tennessee, Alabama, UCONN, and Oklahoma State among others. Previously he indicated that he would wait until the spring to make a decision. Is that still the case?

"It could be at anytime," said Cothron. "Whenever I'm ready to decide that is when I'm going to do it so there isn't really a set timetable.

"The biggest factor for me is going to be the head coach. I want to get along with him and feel comfortable with how he coaches and how he plans on using me."


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