The 2013 recruiting class for Ed Cooley is not generating a lot of buzz because, well it technically doesn’t exist yet. Despite two big forward transfers in Tyler Harris and Carson Desrosiers, in addition to the possibility of Ricardo Ledo staying on for next season, Ed Cooley doesn’t have any kids signed that will graduate in the futuristic sounding year of 2017. If everything stays exactly the same as it is right now (and remember a lot can happen in a year) there are two open scholarships available for next season. One position that looks extremely alarming is the point guard spot. Aside from Vincent Council’s stability as the floor general the past 3 seasons, it seems the Friars have been a little cursed. There’s been a high profile de-commit (Nadir Tharpe), a No Talent Ass Clown (Dre Evans), a signed player that was not in the plans for the new coaching staff (Kyan Anderson), a player who was jerked around by the NCAA only to leave for reasons never talked about (Kiwi Gardner), an injury to a freakin’ MCDONALD’S ALL-AMERICAN (Kris Dunn), and another injury to a poor guy who only was able to give a verbal (Ian Baker). Needless to say, after Council graduates next year it would be nice to get into the habit of having more than one guy capable of running the show.
Dayshon Smith (Rivals #121 in the class of 2013) has been known as more of a scoring point guard, but his emergence as a more versatile point over the summer has allowed him to get more interest from bigger programs. After visiting PC this weekend for an unofficial (for the 2nd time this month already), Smith can add Ed Cooley and the Friars to his growing list of official offers.
“Scoochie” already has offers from Illinois, Dayton, URI, UMass, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Drexel, and a bunch of other mid-majors. Some big boys (Syracuse, Butler, Pittsburgh, Indiana) are already showing interest, so sounds like Cooley is going to have his work cut out for him as usual. Smith has said in interviews that everyone is pretty equal as of right now, and there is no real timetable for any type of decision. He probably will continue to take a lot of visits in the meantime as his exposure continues to rise.
In addition to Smith, Ed Cooley has offers out to a few other PG in the 2013 class, including Shane Rector from the Bronx (who will be playing at South Kent this season) and Jaylon Tate.