Brian's Blog

After a short hiatus, I'm proud to announce the return of Brian's Blog. In this week's edition I will talk about both basketball and football. Women's basketball gained their first commitment for the 2010 class, as did the football program. Also, one player is leaving the men's basketball program. Read on for more information.

After a short hiatus, I'm proud to announce the return of Brian's Blog. In this week's edition I will talk about both basketball and football.

First let's turn our attention to women's basketball. The Lady Rockets received their first commitment for the 2010 class a few days ago when Detroit Southeastern center Mariah Carson chose the Rockets over offers from Indiana, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, and IUPUI.

The 6-2, 173 pound Carson averaged 28.4 points per game last season, while leading Southeastern High School to a 19-5 record.

Now onto men's basketball. When the Rockets signed seven student-athletes to the 2009 class, everyone knew the numbers did not add up. Bringing all seven in would mean that someone on last year's roster would no longer be on scholarship for the 2009-10 academic year. Yesterday we found out that someone would be point guard Clayton Sterling. Sterling was just a freshman this past season. Perhaps he was the writing on the wall with two more point guards and a shooting guard signing in the 2009 class, as he has been released from his scholarship so that he can transfer to another school.

Also, Zac Taylor has dealed with injury problems since high school, and he has been declared medically ineligible to play due to injuries to his knee and back. He will stay on scholarship and stay part of Toledo's basketball program as a student-assistant.

As for the 2010 recruiting class, Coach Cross and his staff have been evaluating prospects. One prospect in particular that they have offered is center Corey Petros. Petros is rated three stars by, and the 25th nationally ranked center for the 2010 class. The 6-9, 220 pound Petros has nine scholarship offers so far, including Toledo's arch-rival Bowling Green and fellow MAC members Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Corey attends Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township, MI.

Moving our attention to football now, the Rockets received their first commitment to the 2010 recruiting class about a week ago when Newark (OH) Catholic High School Josh Hendershot gave the Rockets his commitment. Hendershot is a 6-4, 265 pound offensive lineman that had offers from Toledo, Indiana, Air Force, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, and Kent State.

All month long the Rocket coaching staff has been holding summer camps, both on campus and at various high schools in Ohio and Michigan. Today is the last day of summer camps for the staff.

Along with evaluating 2010 prospects, the camps have allowed Toledo to see some 2011 prospects, and in fact a 2011 quarterback prospect was told that he will receive an official offer from Toledo when he starts school in the fall. High school prospects need to enter their junior year of high school before they can receive official offers, which is why he has to wait.

As for current team news, all players, including the members of the 2009 recruiting class, will be on campus by this Sunday. They will be starting summer classes at UT on Monday. Summer workouts will also begin next week. Believe it or not, fall camp is just a little over a month away.

That's about it for this edition of Brian's Blog. To comment on the blog, go to the following link: Rocket Sports Forum

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