Big Weekend in Friartown

It appears Ed Cooley is trying to pull out all the stops this weekend when top priority recruit in the class of 2015 Justin Robinson comes to Providence for his official visit.

There will be two other members of the class of 2015 taking official visits this weekend as well. The difference is that both Ryan Fazekas and Drew Edwards have already given their pledges to Ed Cooley. Fazekas committed in October 2013 after attending Providence's Late Night Madness and Edwards committed in late August 2014. Both of those players have said the main reason they committed was Ed Cooley. Sure they liked the feel of the Providence campus and the solid academics but the constant refrain from both of them, along with other Providence players I've spoken to, is they are at Providence College because of Ed Cooley and who he is as a coach and man. They feel like he really cares about them as men.

Friar fans are hoping Justin Robinson comes away with the same impression after his visit to campus this weekend. So far, Robinson has taken two of his five allotted official visits with the first two being to Virginia Tech and then Maryland. Both are local schools for the Manassas, VA native and they are seen as the frontrunners according to the 247sports Crystal Ball predictions. Robinson has played his recruitment pretty close to the vest and has been tough to get a read on so I am not ready to discount any of the five schools he plans to visit. The rest of his final five schools are all away from home. He is scheduled to visit Creighton the weekend after he trips to Providence and then his final scheduled visit is to UNLV the first weekend in October. That Creighton visit date was changed from 10/17 up to 9/26.

Providence is now in a position where they don't absolutely need a point guard in the class of 2015 with the additions of Kyron Cartwright and Tyree Chambers in the class of 2014 but Ed Cooley and his staff really like Robinson. With Kris Dunn still yet to prove he can stay healthy and play an entire season in a Friar uniform, getting a top 100 point guard on campus in the fall of 2015 would make Friar fans feel more comfortable in case Dunn either can't stay healthy or does and plays well enough that the redshirt sophomore can leave Providence early with a year (or less likely two) of eligibility left.

As an aside, this will be the first time Fazekas and Edwards have spoken which will give them a chance to start bonding as future teammates. Edwards knows Robinson as the two have played against each other over the years.

A commitment during a visit seems unlikely as Robinson told me that he is "probably trying to go on all [of my visits]." He did follow that up with the following: "but if the feeling is right [a commitment] might happen." And now Friartown waits.

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