Notebook: Recruiting Running Wild In October

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Posted On: 10/13/18 10:00 AM

The month of October has brought with it a ton of movement on the recruiting front for some players, more so than we have seen in this month the last few years. Some players have come off the board but some guys are just picking up steam.

D’Andre Davis Racking Up Offers During Visits

There aren’t many more interesting recruitments more so than that of 2020 guard D’Andre Davis. The emerging 6’5 off-guard is picking up offers left and right during a heavy set of visits this Fall. Coming off another visit to Toledo, he added them to his growing list of offers that now includes Southern Illinois, Cleveland State, Bradley, Evansville, Indiana State, Miami (OH), Ball State, IUPUI, and Nebraska.

Nebraska is another recent offer and first from a Power 5 conference. Smart move by the staff out of Lincoln as things are trending up for Davis and his skillset. They might just be getting ahead of the curve with many other local schools peeking in on Davis.  He has the biggest offer list in the state and could just be getting started.

Pack Drawing In More Schools

Following suit with his teammate Davis, 2020 point guard Nijel Pack is coming in hot with the growing offer list as well. He also went on the visit to Toledo and picked up an offer from them the same day. He also got an IUPUI offer this week to go along with offers from Southern Illinois, Miami (OH), Ball State, Toledo, and Indiana State.

For Pack, he’s one of the more consistent and well-rounded point guards in the Midwest. Not a ton of size but has some solid length and shoots the ball pretty well giving teams a sustainable option on the ball if they were to land him.  He has yet to pick up a Power 5 offer but he’s getting the looks right now and a successful high school season at Lawrence Central (IN) could prove to be massive for his recruitment.

Soltis Lands Big Offer From DII

With the lack of DII programs in the state of Indiana, schools from surrounding states have been trying to get the local Hoosiers to see them as options at the next level. Schools like Bellarmine, Cedarville, Grand Valley State, and others have found a player or two in recent years. Now, Malone is trying to get involved as well. 

They just got done with a visit from Nate Soltis and offered the forward out of Cardinal Ritter (IN). The 6’5 versatile forward already had an offer from IU-East but adding Malone gives him a DII offer and options. Soltis is among the better forwards in the state and probably the toughest of them. For teams looking for a physical rebounder who can still step out and shoot, Soltis gives you that and more.

Jennings Picks Up Offer From Rosevelt

The class of 2019 has been coming off the board a lot in the last couple weeks as those ready to commit before the season are doing so now. However, that will give a little more pub for those that are on the come up and one that stands to benefit could be Ben Davis (IN) forward Jaylen Jennings. The lanky 6’7 forward had himself a summer with Indiana Elite Central 2019 and was able to emerge enough to get college coaches interested heading into the Fall.

Now, Jennings has picked up offers from Rosevelt out of Chicago and Rose-Hulman.  The high academic prospect is a guy that DIII programs dream of with his size and skillset but don’t be shocked if another tier of schools comes knocking if Jaylen can have a big year for Ben Davis.

McKeeman With Another Offer This Week

Like clockwork, Fort Wayne Carroll (IN) guard Dan McKeeman has been picking up offers. It seems like every week there is a new school looking to offer the talented shooter. This week, it is Ohio DII, Cedarville.

Cedarville joins a long list of suitors like Grace College, Huntington, Saint Francis (IN), Spring Arbor, Hillsdale, and Malone. Now, he might be getting into looking deeper heading towards the high school season. DII and NAIA schools line the list and all in the surrounding area with not far to travel for any of the offers. Will be of note for those schools what will be a deciding factor when everything comes down to a decision.

Quick Hitters:

2019 guard Tyler Zabrecky of Munster (IN) picked up an offer from IU-Northwest this week.  He also holds an offer from Trinity Christian.

2020 guard Brevin Jefferson of Southport (IN) took a visit to Lipscomb this week. The Nashville schools have been big suppliers of college opportunities for Indiana players over the years.

2019 wing Myles Johnson of Indianapolis Homeschool Wildcats (IN) took a visit to Purdue Northwest this week. The 6’5 wing had a little bit of breakout summer and is starting to gain attention.

2019 forward Sawyer Stoltz of Huntington North (IN) picked up an offer from Goshen College.  Sawyer also has offers from Huntington, Aquinas, Siena Heights, and Anderson. 

2021 guard Khristian Lander of Evansville Reitz (IN) picked up an offer from Ohio State following a visit. He now has offers from Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, and Illinois along with Ohio State.

2021 wing Douglas Konieczny Jr. of South Bend St. Joseph (IN) picked up an offer from Miami (OH) to go along with an offer from Valparaiso.

Commitments:

2019 wing Andrew Owens of Carmel (IN) committed to Findlay over offers from Indiana Tech, Saint Francis (IN), Salem, Air Force, Marian, and Grand Valley State.

2019 guard Wendell DeMyers of Avon (IN) committed to McKendree.

2019 post Ryan Segall of Indianapolis Homeschool Warriors (IN) committed to Ferris State.

2019 wing Hank Pulver of Huntington North (IN) committed to Huntington University.

2019 wing Jesse Bingham of Warren Central (IN) committed to Dodge City C.C., Midway, IU-East, and Central State.