FRIARS ADD TO THE FRONTCOURT

The spring signing period is proving to be a very successful time of the year for Tim Welsh and company as Providence lands their second April recruit.

Alex Kellogg, a 6'8, 225 pound power forward from DeSales High in Columbus, Ohio, visited the Providence campus a week ago, and reports from that visit had the youngster ready to commit.

Not so fast, though. His dad, TV analyst Clark Kellogg, had promised Miami of Ohio and Akron that Alex would take his visits there before making a decision, and so last week Alex fulfilled those obligations - and still came away wanting to be a Friar.

On Monday, Kellogg signed with the Friars to become PC's third recruit in the Class of 2007, joining Jamine Peterson, who committed in January, and Marshon Brooks, who visited on the same weekend as Kellogg.

Kellogg was regarded as somewhat of a midmajor prospect until a strong senior year in a competitive league pushed his status higher. By that time, though, most of the major schools had already filled their scholarship allotment. Still, Kellogg averaged 18.3 ppg and led his team to a second straight state final four appearance. He averaged 15.8 ppg as a junior and was named a Second Team Division II All-State selection this past year.

Kellogg gives the Friars some much needed young size. With talented frontcourt players in the sophomore and junior classes, Kellogg should have the luxury of having time to develop during his career at PC.

Clark will be a fixture at the Dunk during Alex' career at PC. Apparently, he never missed any of Alex' games and even bowed out of several NCAA telecasts that conflicted with Alex' games. In addition, Alex has a younger brother, Nick, who is a sophomore guard and already one of the better players in Ohio.

His dad is a Ohio schoolboy legend. Clark scored 51 points in St. Joe's state title loss to Columbus East in 1979, and that's still just two points shy of the single game state record set by Jerry Lucas.

"I hear about it all the time," Alex Kellogg told Bucknut.com. "I'm just trying to play and do my own thing. I don't try to top what he did. I'm just out here trying to play. I'm just taking it one day at a time and not really thinking about it. I just want to go to a college that fits me. If I can get a free ride and play, that's what I want to do."

Apparently, that good fit will be at Providence College.

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