Not much more can be done by non-staff members to persuade Kyle Anderson to choose Seton Hall on September 20th.
Pirate fans went above and beyond a week ago when approximately 60 blue-clad fans showed up for Kyle Anderson's first Fall Ball game. Last night, Seton Hall faithful doubled their total from game one, received a surprise visit from Seton Hall great Terry Dehere, brought current players along and even lured a few cheerleaders to join the party.
"They're letting he [Anderson] and his family know theres going to be a support group there when he plays," said legendary coach Bob Hurley when interviewed by NJ News Channel 12 last night.
Support group is putting it lightly.
With just five days left until Anderson will announce his decision, all Seton Hall fans can do is over-analyze Twitter and wait. Kyle leaves for his official visit to Florida tomorrow which will include the Gators' football game against Tennessee on Saturday at 3:30 on CBS. Florida is Anderson's favorite college football team.
This Sunday, Kevin Willard and other members of the Seton Hall staff (Shaheen Holloway) will look to close the deal via an in-home visit with Kyle and his family. The following day will be Decision Day in the Anderson household.
While there are many uncertainties regarding what Kyle is thinking right now, its safe to say that he has recognized and appreciated the support of Pirate Nation the last two Wednesdays. Bob Hurley certainly did, "This is the interest they have in him staying close to home."
For more on Davon Reed's recent visit to Seton Hall and the Kyle Anderson contingency plan, please follow the jump.
As reported last weekend, Seton Hall hosted local talent Davon Reed (2013 G, Princeton Day School) on an unofficial visit.
"I really enjoyed my visit to Seton Hall last Saturday," Reed told NBESports.com yesterday. "The staff was really welcoming and they seem to be have a bright future for the program! It was an excellent visit!"
Beyond Seton Hall, Reed has also planned several more visits from this weekend through October 8th. "Temple and Drexel this Saturday," Reed replied when asked of additional planned visits. "Harvard September 22nd through 24th. VCU September 29th [and] Xavier October 8th."
Davon Reed is ranked the 9th best junior in New Jersey by Jay Gomes of NJHoops.com. While that might not be overly impressive on the surface, Reed has the likes of Jaren Sina, Tyler Roberson and Reggie Cameron ranked above him. Reed is rated as the 5th best junior guard in the state.
While Seton Hall is in a great position to land Kyle Anderson, the staff has a Plan B in place.
I spoke with Zach Braziller of the New York Post on Twitter yesterday who confirmed that Kareem Canty is taking an official to Seton Hall this month but added that 2012 PG Jevon Thomas also plans on officially visiting South Orange.
Two weeks ago I spoke to a source who was told by Canty that a visit was planned for September 22nd but Braziller's source said no dates have been set for Canty or Thomas.
Both players are high-majors but have seen their respective stocks drop recently. It will be interesting to see if they plan to commit in the fall or spring. Canty has said that he has planned on committing in the spring, likely in an attempt to lure more offers.
Kareem Canty and Jevon Thomas are probably backup plans if Anderson falls through - they won't be taken in addition to Anderson. However, Seton Hall has recently turned up the heat on St. Raymond's (NY) forward Daniel Dingle. Dingle, a 6'6 forward who can bang in the paint, can possible be taken alongside Anderson, despite the team not having adequate scholarships (assuming Kevin Johnson qualifies and Raymon Austin is signed this fall.)
Dingle has an in-home visit scheduled with Seton Hall on September 22nd, two days after Kyle Anderson will announce his decision. Dingle has also setup an in-home visit with Temple on September 20th and already had an in-home with Auburn earlier this week. Dingle enjoyed Tony Barbee's pitch so much that he is attempting to setup an official visit to Auburn.
Will we see Anderson and Dingle in Pirate Blue? Jevon Thomas and Dingle? The combinations are endless. No matter the outcome, the talent level is high.
- A handful of schools, including Seton Hall, watched Hudson Catholic 2013 trio Reggie Cameron, Kavon Stewart and Mike Young workout this week.
- VCU has recently offered 2013 SF target Jared Nickens (St. Patrick's, NJ). He now has offers from VCU, Seton Hall, St. Joe's and SMU.
- Seton Hall staff watched DeMatha Catholic's (MD) workouts yesterday. Knowing Chris Pompey's DC-area ties, he was most likely the staff member in attendance.
- It looks like 2012 PF Chris Obekpa has narrowed his list down to Providence, Cincinnati, and UCLA.
- It was reported here that Jaylen Beckham was planning on reclassifying to 2013 and enrolling at the West Virginia Prep Academy. However, the Prep Academy isn't so much of an academy after all. In reaction, Beckham has decided to stay in the Class of 2012 and enroll at Bryan Station (KY). Unless Anderson, Canty AND Thomas fall through, I think Beckham is off the recruiting board.
- 2013 PG target Tyler Ennis of St. Benedict's Prep (NJ) is really starting to blow up. Seton Hall has recently watched the local star workout but the staff really has their work cut out for them if they want to prevent Ennis from going elsewhere.
- Penn State, Kansas State and Wisconsin are all keeping tabs on 2013 G target Geno Thorpe (Shaler HS, PA).