Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell down to five schools

  • 11/20/2010 11:31 pm in

Per a tweet earlier this evening, 2012 Park Tudor point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell has narrowed the list of schools involved in his recruitment to five.

Ferrell announced a top six of Wake Forest, Florida, Butler, IU, Virginia and Miami (FL) on November 13, but the Hurricanes are now out of the running:

“I have not decided to take my talents to the south with lebron and have cut Miami from my top 6 so I now have top 5 schools”

The No. 2 point guard nationally in his class, according to Rivals.com, has been considered a heavy lean to Indiana due to friendships with 2011 signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller, but has not announced a timetable for a decision.

Speculation that an announcement could be imminent has run rampant after Ferrell posted a message on his Twitter that “Something is going down November 24th” and “Be prepared everyone.” Park Tudor opens its season on the 24th against University.

Our Zach Osterman, who has followed Ferrell’s recruitment as closely as anyone in recent months, offered this analysis earlier today in our Twitter mailbag:

“There was a tweet posted during Tuesday’s game suggesting that Yogi’s pledge could be imminent, and I was told by someone I trust that reporting that wouldn’t have been the best idea. I don’t think this goes on for months, but Yogi is going to take a little time, as is his prerogative. I would be surprised — though admittedly not incredibly so — if he commits on the 24th.”

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  • Bleeding Crimson

    Has he taken any other “offical” visit besides Indiana? He always said he wanted to wait and see where Zeller was going to commit before deciding. I don’t see him going anywhere but IU.
    Come on Yogi, you know we want and need you to run the show.

  • He’s only taken unofficial visits to this point. Official visits cannot be taken until the fall of his senior year.

  • BaseballBuc

    I don’t want to accuse Yogi of leading other schools on, but c’mon……Virginia? Really?

  • Anonymous

    I still think he’s going to IU, but I think he made a bit of a mistake taking Miami off his list of five. You only get five official visits. He’s already taken one to IU if I remember correctly, which leaves him with four. Butler is in the same city he lives in. I’m thinking, if it were me, even if I wasn’t going there, I’d take the free trip to Miami!

  • HoosierFromCT

    What’s the deal with Wake? Are they recruiting him hard?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always hoped Yogi would verbal, but the way he’s going about this is distasteful to me. I’m okay with him making announcements via Twitter, but he seems to be too interested in the attention and is playing games to generate hype.

    Moreover, this tweet doesn’t seem respectful to Miami. If he had dismissed Indiana in this fashion we would’ve gone BALLISTIC. Think about it.

  • Anonymous

    Yogi’s path to an IU verbal:

    +Make a list of six schools (some just added in for fun)
    +state that there is a big announcement in five days
    +start eliminating one school a day using witty phrases like Lebron and the decision.
    +continue on the path with ‘I’m going to have to go to sleep on Wake Forest’. Or, ‘I am no one’s Butler’.
    +announce for IU on the 24th

  • Anonymous

    Yogi’s path to an IU verbal:

    +Make a list of six schools (some just added in for fun)
    +state that there is a big announcement in five days
    +start eliminating one school a day using witty phrases like Lebron and the decision.
    +continue on the path with ‘I’m going to have to go to sleep on Wake Forest’. Or, ‘I am no one’s Butler’.
    +announce for IU on the 24th

  • Q95

    based on the schools he listed, this should be a no brainer…

  • Q95

    agree…

  • Yogi Kelin Harris

    You are right….there is a level of respect you have to maintain and I keep saying that facebook and twitter have begun to ruin parts of the recruiting process. Sure I want Yogi to come to IU but I don’t want the ‘whole’ saga to turn into a twitter follower deal. Be respectful of the process.

  • He hasn’t taken any official visits yet. Will not be able to do so until his senior year of high school.

  • N71

    As Cody appeared to be key in getting Yogi…who would Yogi’s committment influence the most and result in bringing in another recruit. Gary Harris, Hollowell, someone else?

  • Diesel

    Agree hardcore, I posted this on a previous thread, and the math works perfectly. We’ll see if another one drops today, we could be on to something.

    As far as being distasteful as others have suggested, I disagree. I think Yogi is having fun with the process. If he does go with the countdown approach, he’ll have my attention and I’ll look forward to it each day. I’d rather hear if from a twitter feed that from Rabjohns.

  • Diesel

    I just cracked up. Every now and then it seems there are certain words that trigger a moderator approval, I’m guessing thinks like IndyStar, Rabjohns, etc. This site is all over it.

  • Diesel

    Perhaps maybe his teammate Trevon Bluiett. Better yet, what if Ed turns PT into a high prospect hot bed and it becomes a pipeline for IU?

  • Diesel

    Perhaps maybe his teammate Trevon Bluiett. Better yet, what if Ed turns PT into a high prospect hot bed and it becomes a pipeline for IU?

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I get for believing other peoples’ posts!

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t have anything to do with the elder Teague being from Indianapolis, would it?

  • 13th&Woodlawn

    Alex,

    Who do you think is most likely to sign from the class of ’13?

  • Obviously a long way to go, but two kids that standout and have heavy interest in IU are Warren Central’s Devin Davis Jr. and Hamilton Southeastern’s Zak Irvin.

  • Luke72

    How long do you wait? Really would like to see Yogi at IU but getting 2012 set is important. Everyone can see that IU really needs a point. Hulls is alot better playing the off guard but with the exception of speed has the basketball IQ to play the point. If we don’t get Yogi we need to looking for a point that has the speed to have us compete with top rate programs, Just thinking if we wait too long will we be able to find a point that matches our talent level at the other positions!

  • Anonymous

    Kid is just enjoying the process, I don’t like it either but can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same when I was his age. Come on Yogi make your decision and stop playing with our emotions

    GO IU!!!!!!!!!!

  • Proud Cowboys/Cubs/IU Fan

    I’m sure people from Florida are going “IU? Really?”. Although they might not be smart enough to know we’ll be back the time he would be here. Maybe Virgina has something going here and we don’t know it.

  • Proud Cowboys/Cubs/IU Fan

    As said above in the post, I think he just says somethings going to happen on the 24th is him just saying he expects to do big things in Park Tudors opener on the 24th.

  • Anonymous

    I like to thing Zak is going to come to IU………….. especially after Harris commits. One can hope. Harris is an absolute beast on the court.

  • Anonymous

    I think hes in the bag. It’s easy for us to want him to commit asap but he’s a kid who only gets to experience this once. Obviously there is a line, but I say enjoy it, check out the other schools if you must….but at the end of the day hell be here. Gotta go get ready for the game, go IU!

  • MillaRed

    I’m with you Live. I mean, Cody didn’t commit until a few weeks before his Sr season. We have these other early 2012 commits so I think the natives are getting restless.

    I really doubt the dismissal of Miami via Twitter shook the city up as suggested in an earlier post. They already knew he was coming to IU. So the excitement level was probably at a minimum.

    So yes, there is a little theatre involved with Yogi but who cares? He is almost certainly coming to IU and is enjoying the romance of 4 other schools. Even if its only in his own head!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see this as that big a deal. I thought the South Beach thing was kind of funny. And he was actually more dismissive in that sentence, which I enjoyed.

    In my mind, a well-adjusted high school kid (and there are some) is only going to be able to deal with something as ridiculous as a high-major recruiting process in a few ways. He can internalize everything, stay out of the spotlight, and be very conservative/thorough. (I.e., the Zeller approach.)

    Another way would be to just have fun with the ridiculousness of it all. I mean, we’re talking about a process that leads to a high school junior making a joking statement on Twitter which leads to a discussion on another web site amongst strangers about whether that statement was in the right taste or whether he should be doing things differently. With a circus like this, there’s really no right way to do things. Let’s not forget the backlash that some people had toward the Zellers at the end of things. There’s no possible way to please everybody, so you may as well please yourself.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Anybody,
    How bad is DE injury? Looks as if he will not play today and we need him.

  • Anonymous

    That’s the type of tweets the non-Zellers high school kids will throw out there. It’s his way of having fun with the process and not necessarily having a cocky attitude. You can’t take Twitter too seriously from a recruit anyway. What they post is usually targeting their peers who are in high school and not the other followers. Plus everyone needs to crack on Lebron’s decision here and there.

  • Anonymous

    My post was all in fun with a little bit of wishful thinking. Is it possible he eliminates one school a day? Sure, but it’s not likely. Yogi is probably going to take a little time with the process now that Cody is no longer recruiting target #1. I would be surprised if he waits until next year at all since he knows what his choice will be already. Either way when it unfolds he’ll end up at IU.

  • Anonymous

    That is the only down-side to Yogi “waiting” to signal his commitment for Indiana-that he can not recruit Harris and Hollowell for IU and make 2012 THE best recruiting class in the history of the State of Indiana for any basketball school! And Yogi could really help with the kids for 2013 and 2014. Come on Yogi, make the commitment before the end of the year!

  • Anonymous

    I agree, but at least he was dressed and on the bench. What is up with Roth-they said it was not serious-but he does not dress?

  • Anonymous

    I agree, but at least he was dressed and on the bench. What is up with Roth-they said it was not serious-but he does not dress?

  • Anonymous

    I agree, but at least he was dressed and on the bench. What is up with Roth-they said it was not serious-but he does not dress?

  • anonymous

    he was never implying playing with lebron. he was simply using it in relation. chill

  • anonymous

    he was never implying playing with lebron. he was simply using it in relation. chill