Recruiting is a year-round business. And this year, for St. Joe's, things appear to possibly be a little bit ahead of schedule. St. Joe's has already hosted a high school junior for an official visit and are readying themselves for a second beginning tomorrow.
5'9 Georgetown Prep (DC) point guard Jared Bynum took an official visit to Hawk Hill on March 5th and 6th. It was his first of five permitted official visits, and it was the first official visitor for Phil Martelli and the Hawk coaching staff. Bynum did not commit while on his visit, but St. Joe's remains very much in play for the dynamic jet of a point guard.
On Monday, St. Joe's hosted Huntington Prep (WV) guard Rasir Bolton for an unofficial visit. St. Joe's is very much in the mix with Bolton, a 6'3 guard capable of playing both on and off the ball. VCU, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Clemson, Penn, Richmond, Ole Miss, and Cincinnati are among Bolton's plethora of offers. The fact that Phil Martelli was able to get Bolton up to visit campus is a very positive sign, especially given the distance from Virginia to City Line Avenue. That being said, Bolton's recruitment is already intense, and he also has schools like Virginia and Villanova snooping around. This one would be a significant coup for the Hawks if they could pull it off.
Tomorrow, St. Joe's will host its second official visitor of 2018 when Atiba Taylor, a 6'2 combo guard out of Hackensack (NJ) visits campus. Taylor has been to Hawk Hill already this season, and this will be his first official visit. Taylor plays his AAU ball for Sports U, which is the same program DeAndre Bembry played for. Taylor's recruitment is a tough read because of his offer list mirroring that of the "Fab 5" on Sports U. Naz Reid, Louis King, Jahvon Quinerly, Luther Muhammad, and Atiba Taylor made up the 2018 Sports U starting lineup last summer. All five were offered, as a group, by Seton Hall, Rutgers, and UConn. It's up for debate which of those schools would take, say, Taylor without the others. Regardless, Atiba Taylor is a player high on the Hawks, and a player the Hawks are clearly high on, hosting for an official visit in March.
In addition to these visits to campus, the staff has been on the road too. Phil Martelli flew to Michigan last week, where he offered 6'9 junior Marcus Bingham and watched 6'3 point guard Duane Washington Jr, who already holds an offer. Phil was then at Archbishop Carroll's game over the weekend. 6'2 2018 guard Justin Anderson holds a Hawk offer. Per Pat Lawless, the staff was in for 6'8 2018 forward Samba Diallo yesterday. Diallo is a combo forward from Pope John XIII (NJ) who was offered by St. Joe's in December.
To say that there are a bunch of moving pieces right now for the staff is an understatement. For further discussion, check out the Member's Only Message Board, where we are talking about all of this and more.