Va. guard ready for offers

Jerome Hairston has been preparing his whole life for this summer. Now that it's here, he's ready to show coaches what he can do.

Jerome Hairston has moved around to better position himself for the future.

So far it's paid dividends, but one more move is on the table for the point guard.

A move to Christ School (Arden, N.C.) from North Cross School (Roanoke, Va.) is last on his list.

But before he gets to Christ School, he wants to have one accomplishment crossed off of his list.

"I'm planning on committing by the end of the summer and signing in the first signing period," he said.

Though, with the high-level Christ School plays on, Hairston wants it to be all over by the time he gets that notoriety.

"I don't want to wait until my senior year and have to commit as a last resort type of thing," the 6-foot-1 Hairston said. "I just want to be able to ride out my senior year and focus on getting better."

Hairston claims offers from several mid-majors, but he came to Virginia from Wyoming to get bigger offers.

The move paid off.

"I actually got an offer Wednesday night from Colorado," he said. "It's a dream come true. I've waited my whole life for this."

South Carolina could be one of the next schools to offer.

"I'd be ecstatic! It'd be great," he said of the South Carolina offer. "I feel like I've really been under-recruited. I picked up pretty much all of my offers last summer.

"Hopefully if they offer soon enough, I'll be thinking about committing. It'd be my (second) high-major offer, so if they offer, it'd definitely increase their chances."

Virginia is the other high major that is the "close" to offering. Head coaches have told him they want to see him play before they decide on offering or not.

"I just want to get to know the coaches and build a good relationship with the coaches," he said. "So I can know that's where I want to go.

"Hopefully, a couple of schools will be on that baseline this summer. I just want as many choices as I can."

Hairston did admit that he grew up a Colorado fan, but he moved east to get offers from bigger schools, so it remains to be seen whether he'll go back west to play collegiately or just stay on the east coast.

"When I was a kid (Colorado was my dream school)," he said, "but when you get older … sometimes your dream school isn't a good fit.

"The other schools) still have plenty of time, and they know I'll be signing in November no matter what."

As far as his new opportunity at Christ School goes, Hairston is ready for it.

He has a chance to come into the private school and be the starting guard as a senior. Not many seniors transfer in. In fact, the last to do so was South Carolina point guard Eric Smith.

"(Christ School coach David Gaines) is always comparing me to Eric," Hairston said. "He's always mentioning Eric, speaking good about Eric and he's always speaking good about Eric. So it's going to be some big shoes to fill, but I think it's going to be enjoyable on both sides."

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