Two months ago, Kevin Willard and his staff found themselves scrambling to secure their first commitment for their 2014 recruiting class. Today, following Khadeen Carrington's (Bishop Loughlin, NY) commitment to Willard's Pirates, Seton Hall suddenly finds themselves with a solid foundation to what may eventually become their first top-20 class in fourteen years.
Committed today to play at the University of Seton Hall— Khadeen Carrington (@kcarrington11) September 12, 2013
With Ismael Sanogo, Angel Delgado and now, Khadeen Carrington in tow, Willard has assembled a highly regarded, well-balanced (Wing, PF/C, SG) class set to arrive on campus next fall. Of course, the kicker remains - there is at least one more open scholarship to give, meaning this class may find itself shooting up the ranks even more so before all is said and done. At the moment, 247Sports.com lists Seton Hall's 2014 class at 17th in the country and 5th in the new Big East, an immeasurable improvement over the quality of classes that Willard has brought in during his first four years. You often hear that it takes three, maybe four years, before a coach fills his roster with his type of players. To put it bluntly, if these are Willard's "type of players," the long-rumored, hush-hush contract extension will look like a bargain when the numbers are finally released.
In the 6'3 Carrington, Seton Hall welcomes a very athletic combo-guard who currently projects to a SG at the collegiate level and a player who will instantly help fill the scoring void that current captain, Fuquan Edwin will undoubtedly leave following the 2013-14 season. Carrington, the 125th ranked Rivals recruit, dropped nearly 25ppg last season at Bishop Loughlin, and is on pace to shatter current Villanova Wildcat, JayVaughn Pinkston's school record. The Trinidad-born resident of Brooklyn, decided to stay local and attend Seton Hall with his NY Lightning AAU teammate, Angel Delgado, who pledged his commitment to Seton Hall three weeks ago.
Carrington visited Seton Hall last Thursday before announcing his decision, choosing the Pirates over Cincinnati (Providence and Texas A&M), in part one of the current recruiting battles the two schools have found themselves locked into. Mick Cronin and Kevin Willard are also competing as the last two schools for 2014 PF Quadri Moore (Linden, NJ), whose decision may be coming in the very near future.
I'd also be remiss not to remind you that fellow Brooklyn stand out SG, Isaiah Whitehead (Abraham Lincoln, NY) is scheduled to visit Seton Hall on Saturday. A visit that many would have once been considered, a "favor" for the local school can no longer be viewed as such. Earlier this evening, Whitehead congratulated Carrington on his commitment to Seton Hall via Twitter. Sure, it's a long shot no doubt, but would anybody be entirely shocked if Carrington ends up returning the congratulations when Whitehead makes his decision in November? I'm not so sure I would be, the recruiting tide is certainly turning at Seton Hall.