After working their tails off during the July 'live period', the Seton Hall coaching staff continued their efforts in the form of their first batch of visitors of August. According to Alex Kline, Kavon Stewart, Reggie Cameron, Mike Young, Deandre Bembry and Jared Nickens were all on campus today checking out the school. The visits were unofficial, as recruits can't take official visits until school is in session. In addition to visiting, the staff extended an offer to Bembry -- the rest of the visitors had already received offers.
Stewart, Cameron and Young are familiar names to any Seton Hall fan who pays attention to recruiting. The staff has been recruiting the 2013 trio since last December. Young, a power forward who previously played at St. Benedict's, decided to transfer to Hudson Catholic to suit up with Stewart and Cameron. The talented threesome will surely threaten to take the state championship in their final two high school seasons.
All three players have been targeted and offered by long lists of high-major schools. To name a few: Stewart has been offered by Rutgers & Cincinnati, Cameron by Villanova, DePaul & Xavier, and Young by Pittsburgh, UConn & Georgia Tech.
Jared Nickens is also a 2013 target and a fairly unknown one - haven't heard much besides him talking to VCU's Shaka Smart this week. The 6'5 junior plays for St. Patrick's but hasn't seen much time during his first two seasons. The Seton Hall staff has habitually recruited players before they have blown up (Tyler Ennis, Tyler Roberson, Quenton DeCosey, etc) so I would expect something similar to happen to Nickens during his final two seasons at St. Pat's.
The final visitor, Deandre Bembry, is a new target. Deandre hails from Mint Hill, North Carolina where he plays ball for a local school, Rocky River HS (Mint Hill, NC). Bembry averaged 16.3PPG, 9.2RPG and 3.1BPG as a sophomore. Bembry has been rated an 86 by ESPN but there isn't much else on him recruiting wise. He has been linked with Virginia Tech and several mid/low-major schools from the Carolinas such as Charlotte and East Carolina. Like Nickens, I wouldn't be surprised if Bembry gets some high-major looks in the coming months.
Despite being tight on open scholarships for the 2013 class, the staff is continuing to press the issue with high-major prospects, especially local ones. When all is said and done, I would be surprised if the staff didn't land a few. Who knows, maybe they will compliment the current Paterson Catholic connection with a Hudson Catholic counterpart.
Update 3:42PM - I have reason to believe that the visitors worked out in some way on campus. Bembry tweeted that he worked out at Seton Hall today.
Update 2, 4:55PM - Deandre Bembry and his family are moving to New Jersey -- he will play for St. Patrick's next season.