Is Stokes Opening Things Up?

Corey Stokes watched his teammate at St. Benedict's Prep, Lance Thomas, agonize throughout his recruiting process this past season, and it made him realize one thing. What is the result of this realization and where does Stokes stand today?

Corey Stokes watched his teammate at St. Benedict's Prep, Lance Thomas, agonize throughout his recruiting process this past season, and it made him realize one thing. "I learned a lot from what Lance went through, and I don't think I want that to happen to me," Stokes said. "I would like to make a decision before the shoe camps in July."

Stokes, the outstanding 6-5 junior wing, said that Villanova and Connecticut remain atop his tidy list of five schools. He's also considering Florida, Rutgers and Seton Hall, although the Huskies and Wildcats have been firmly entrenched on his list for quite some time.

"I just opened it up a little to see what options are there," said Stokes. "I still feel strongly about Villanova and UConn, and that's why they're still my top two."

Stokes was in attendance for the Huskies' final home game against Louisville in March, and he has already taken a trio of unofficial visits to Villanova. He didn't rule out some unofficial visits in June, although he has nothing planned as of right now.

With both Rutgers and Seton Hall tabbing new head coaches in the past few months, is there a chance that Stokes could wind up staying closer to home for college? "I haven't been to either school since the coaching changes, but Coach Gonzalez is trying to get me on campus [at Seton Hall]," Stokes said. "Seton Hall and Rutgers seem like they are going to be stronger, but they have to do a strong job of recruiting, because the Big East is loaded."

Stokes stated he would like to make a decision before the summer AAU sessions end after July. He left open the possibility of deciding in the month of June too. "If I feel totally comfortable with one school then I could make up my mind," he said. "Right now I am still interested in the five schools."


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