Saint Joseph's 2016 recruiting class currently stands at just one, with 6'6 St. Thomas More (CT) swingman Charles Brown the only commitment the Hawks currently hold. That's not to say that things are stagnant on the recruiting front. The Hawks are still in play with roughly a dozen 2016 recruits, and likely to sign three more players to the class.
Over the last couple weeks, three recruits have included St. Joe's when they trimmed down their lists. Garfield Heights (OH) shooting guard Frankie Hughes trimmed his list to ten last week, including the Hawks among the likes of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida State, Wichita State, and more. In what could certainly be considered somewhat surprising news, South Kent (CT) shooting guard Myles Powell (pictured above) included the Hawks when he trimmed his list to eight. St. Joe's, VCU, UConn, Pitt, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, and De Paul made the cut for the 6'1 sharpshooter.
6'9 Hershey (PA) post Dylan Painter was the third recruit trimming his list last week, and he narrowed things down to Xavier, Penn State, George Washington, NC State, Rhode Island, Villanova, and St. Joe's. Painter already took two of his allotted five official visits, to Iowa, who is no longer under consideration, and Xavier. Earlier today, Scout's Brian Snow reported that Painter would take two more official visits, to Penn State the weekend of September 12th, and to Villanova at the end of August. That leaves him with St. Joe's, George Washington, NC State, and URI as schools either battling it out for the final official or candidates for an unofficial visit. At the moment, it seems likely that Penn State and Villanova are the leaders for the Hershey native.
In addition to Hughes, Painter, and Powell, the Hawks' coaching staff is involved with a number of other well-regarded prospects. 6'7 Owen County (KY) forward Carson Williams, 6'2 St. Thomas More (CT) shooting guard Christian Vital, 6'2 St. John's (DC) guard Jeff Dowtin, 6'4 Australian guard Kieran Hayward, 6'7 Worcester Academy (MA) post Kevin Marfo, 6'7 Millwood (VA) forward J.J. Matthews, and 6'7 Friends' Central (PA) forward DeAndre Hunter are all still active Hawk recruiting targets.
Over the coming week or two, a handful of the recruits mentioned above will be trimming their lists and scheduling official visits. Hunter should be whittling things down in the coming week, Kevin Marfo has stated that he plans to take visits in September, and J.J. Matthews is on record saying that he plans to trim his list of 27 offers down to a more manageable number shortly. As lists are cut and visits are set, I will have all the coverage here, complete with visit recaps and more.
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