After failing to attract any Division I offers until this summer, 2015 shooting guard Dalton Soffer (Poway High School, Calif.) is headed to Loyola (Md.) for his college ball.
Excited to announce that I have committed to attend and play basketball at Loyola University in Maryland! #Greyhounds— Dalton Soffer (@daltonsoffer) September 30, 2014
The potent 6-foot-4 three-point threat was also considering Boston University, Penn, and Seton Hall. BU flew out to California for an in-home visit in early September while Loyola head coach G.G. Smith and assistant Dan Ficke followed up the week after. Seton Hall's Kevin Willard and assistant Fred Hill were scheduled to watch Dalton work out along with an in-home on September 24th, but that date was rescheduled to October 8th because of Soffer's ankle not being 100-percent. Penn head coach Jerome Allen was due in last week.
A source said that Loyola's Smith and Ficke were doing a "great job" recruiting Soffer at the time of their in-home mid-September.
Loyola could offer Dalton Soffer something that Seton Hall couldn't: playing time. As of now, the Greyhounds have open minutes at the two and three in 2015-16 and beyond. Tyler Hubbard is Loyola's main three point specialist, but he will have vacated the position by the time Soffer is a sophomore.
At Seton Hall, it would have been tougher for Dalton to see time on the court with the guard positions locked up during his freshman year and seasoned versions of Jaren Sina and Khadeen Carrington in his way as a sophomore.
Going forward with three scholarships open for the 2015 class, Seton Hall is keeping an eye on Wings Academy (N.Y.) point guard Desure Buie and 6-foot-7 Hutchinson junior college forward DeShawn Freeman, who Shaheen Holloway watched yesterday. I've also been told that the staff isn't resigned to only recruiting Mamadou Ndiaye as a 2016; the small forward is set to graduate in the spring and therefore could become a Class of 2015 recruit. Ndiaye visited Seton Hall Saturday and is trying to visit again later this week.