Following the July live periods, 2015 power forward Chris Silva (Sports U/Roselle Catholic, N.J.) scheduled a decision date of September 19th, his birthday.
After finishing up his official visit to South Carolina this weekend, the local big man will stick to his plans and announce his college destination in a 3:30 press conference this Friday at Roselle Catholic.
Along with the Gamecocks, Silva has taken officials to both Rhode Island and Seton Hall, foregoing visits to the other two schools on his list, Kansas State and Villanova, in the process. Both South Carolina and Rhode Island have reportedly come on strong for Silva since July, when Villanova and Seton Hall were considered '1a' and '1b' favorites to land his frontcourt services.
UPDATE: Silva has officially trimmed Villanova and Kansas State from his list, leaving just the three schools he took visits to.
Chris Silva tells me he will choose from among Seton Hall, South Carolina & Rhody. He's not considering Villanova & K-State.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) September 15, 2014
After 2015 big man Jonathan Nwankwo announced for Minnesota a little over a week ago, I wrote that Chris Silva remains a top priority for Seton Hall's coaching staff with little-to-no known forward targets considering the Pirates as a destination. This remains true, chalking up anything but Silva's commitment to Seton Hall this Friday as a disappointing loss for the staff on the recruiting trails, especially with Villanova seemingly dropping out of the race.
Silva going elsewhere means that Kevin Willard may have to turn to the junior college ranks or other creative outlets for a forward in his 2015 class. A pledge for the Pirates means a high-potential top-150 frontcourt player from their backyard is headed to South Orange.
While anything but a package deal, Silva's commitment could linger in the back of his high school teammate Isaiah Briscoe's head until he makes his respective decision. Briscoe sat down with Kevin Willard and Shaheen Holloway on Seton Hall's campus today after meeting with staff from Georgia Tech and Missouri this weekend.