Recruiting roundup: The latest on IU’s 2019 targets
The early signing period for the class of 2019 begins five weeks from tomorrow, but there’s still plenty of questions to answer from an IU perspective.
Here’s a roundup with the latest on several of IU’s remaining targets in the class of 2019:
• Brooks Jr., who took an official visit to Bloomington for Hoosier Hysteria, has set dates for official visits to Kentucky (October 20) and North Carolina (November 2).
Brooks Jr. has six finalists – Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA. He’s already taken visits to IU and UCLA and has not set dates with Purdue or Michigan State at this point.
In a recent sit down interview with Krysten Peek of Rivals.com at the USA Basketball training camp in Colorado Springs, Brooks Jr. broke down his recruitment:
• Visits have likely concluded for Center Grove five-star forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, who was in East Lansing over the weekend for his Michigan State official visit.
Jackson-Davis took four official visits – UCLA, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan State. Indiana remains the heavy favorite to land the leading candidate for Indiana’s 2019 Mr. Basketball award.
— Rico Beard (@RicoBeard) October 6, 2018
In the most recent Twitter Tuesday over at Rivals.com, Corey Evans broke down the latest with both Jackson-Davis and Brooks Jr.:
I would say there’s about a 50 percent chance that Indiana gets both Trayce Jackson-Davis and Keion Brooks, and I expect the Hoosiers to get at least one of them.
• Five-star class of 2019 Rochester (Minn.) forward Matthew Hurt appears to be in no rush to make a decision. In a recent interview with Eric Bossi of Rivals.com, Hurt stated that he’s working with a list of seven schools at this point: Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Minnesota and North Carolina.
He’s expected to take official visits during the season:
“I’m trying to get my official visits in for games,” said Hurt. “Like on a Saturday when I can come down and see the real atmosphere and environment for a game. I want to see how they prep a team before a game and stuff like that because I’ll consider a lot of that in my decision.
“Football games are probably more fun type visits because you are there with the team and the students having fun. But I think I will get more out of it by going to a basketball game.”
• Class of 2019 forward Trendon Watford is considered a longshot to end up in Bloomington, but he hasn’t completely ruled out the Hoosiers.
Watford told Adam Zagoria that he could visit Bloomington for the Louisville game in early December:
Watford will next visit LSU (Nov. 3) and also plans to visit Indiana, Florida State and Alabama. He said dates aren’t finalized but he plans to visit Indiana for the Louisville game on Dec. 8, and Alabama for the Kentucky game Jan. 5.
The Mountain Brook (Ala.) forward took his first official visit (Memphis) last weekend.
• In an interview with Jason Jordan of USA Today, five-star class of 2019 La Lumiere big man Isaiah Stewart said that a school recruiting him told him he could “pick the players they recruit to come and play with me.”
Stewart is considering seven schools: Indiana, Washington, Syracuse, Duke, Kentucky, Villanova and Michigan State.