Early signing period primer

The Early Signing Period begins this Wednesday, November 13th, and runs a week, through the 20th of the month. Take a free look inside at what St. Joe's is looking at adding to their roster with the 2014 recruiting class.

As it stands now, Phil Martelli and his coaching staff are looking to sign four 2014 recruits this week during the Early Signing Period. In addition, the Hawks add West Virginia wing guard transfer Aaron Brown next season.

The first 2014 recruit that offered up a verbal commitment to St. Joe's was Cardinal Hayes (NY) point guard Shavar Newkirk. Newkirk committed to the Hawks in July, and plans to sign his Letter of Intent on Friday at his high school. Newkirk is a quick, tough, prototypical New York City guard.

The second 2014 commitment the Hawks received was from 6'7 Pace Academy (NC) power forward Markell Lodge. Lodge, a jumping-jack forward, considered the likes of Murray State, Stephen F. Austin, Xavier, Oklahoma State, and more before ultimately committing to the Hawks.

The third, and possibly biggest, commitment that the Hawk coaching staff received came in the form of 6'4 Northside Christian (NC) shooting guard James Demery. Demery, an athletic, elite-level defender, picked the Hawks from a final six of Tennessee, Miami, Creighton, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Saint Joseph's. Demery will be part of an intimidating, skilled perimeter for the Hawks alongside DeAndre Bembry and Aaron Brown.

Finally, over the weekend, the Hawks got their fourth 2014 commitment. This one came from 6'10 Greenbrier East (WV) center Obi Romeo. Romeo considered Florida Gulf Coast, Middle Tennessee, La Salle, and a few others before selecting Saint Joseph's. Romeo is a long, athletic shot-blocking big man who already has a college-ready body. Offensively, he has a ways to go, but Romeo will help on the boards and altering shots relatively early in his college career.

Beginning Wednesday, these 2014 commits can sign their Letters of Intent. Over the coming days, Hawk Hill Hardwood will go recruit-by-recruit through the 2014 class, breaking down their games and where they could fit in on the roster next season.

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