Over the last month the Aztecs coaching staff has been busy recruiting. With two evaluation weekends before a dead period starting July 6th, the staff was working hard evaluating prospects, sending out offers, and hosting players.
Going into the summer the Aztecs had nine offers to 2020 players and three to 2021 prospects. Now the Aztecs have 11 open offers for 2020 and seven for 2021. We will examine the main names to keep an eye on moving forward in the 2020 class and beyond.
Class of 2020
6-7 Che Evans
Che Evans was offered a month ago, coinciding with the hire of assistant coach Chris Acker who was recruiting him at Boise State. Evans has been out of commission for a while due to a lingering injury on his shin that required a surgical procedure. According to a report Evans was going to visit last weekend, however that visit has been moved to early August. I can see Evans fitting in well with the Aztecs due to his versatility in the backcourt and on the wing.
6-2 Lamont Butler Jr.
Lamont Butler Jr. committed to the Aztecs last month, becoming the first San Diego State commit of the 2020 class, after officially visiting the campus. A pleasant surprise, Butler is a lead guard, the type that the Aztecs have not had in a while. I could see him developing into the Aztecs’ lead guard for his entire college career.
6-6 Chibuzo Agbo
Over the past year there was a player I was often asked about, St. Augustine High School wing Chibuzo Agbo. Agbo is the top player in San Diego’s 2020 class, and when you see the physical specimen that he is and his shooting range, you can see why he would be a possible target. A couple weeks ago he got an offer from the Aztecs, and not surprisingly big names started to come after him as well. Since the Aztecs offer he has gotten offers from Marquette, Southern California, and Texas Tech.
Class of 2021
6-11 Lawson Lovering
Lawson Lovering received a San Diego State offer three weeks ago. A versatile big man, Lovering has a unique skill set, being able to score efficiently inside the post and outside of it. People that I have spoken to believe that he will continue his rise and development as a prospect. He is a player that I see fitting well with the Aztecs because the Aztecs do not have anyone on the roster like him.
6-5 Peyton Watson
Peyton Watson is an offensive dynamo, a true high major prospect. Scouts and others in the basketball community have been praising Watson’s game. San Diego State offered Watson a day after Lovering, which was smart, as they need to get in early with him. I expect his recruitment to grow, but this is another testament to the Aztecs staff identifying talent early.
6-2 Michael Mitchell
Michael Mitchell is a 6-2 guard from Northern California who showed out in Arizona during the recent evaluation period. The Archibishop Mitty guard is a developing prospect who is a bit under the radar, although it seems like the secret is starting to get out. Southern California offered just a couple of days after the Aztecs and it would not be surprising to see other PAC-12 programs jump in if he continues getting better.
6-4 Will McClendon
Last week the Aztecs offered four-star guard Will McClendon. McClendon has shot up the rankings and has 14 offers already, most from Power Five schools. He is the kind of athlete who fits the mold of an Aztec player, long with good size that plays hard-nosed defense. Cracking this recruitment will be tough, but he is worth keeping an eye on as he would fit in seamlessly at San Diego State.
Class of 2022
6-6 Dimitrius “DJ” Dudley
About a month ago the Aztecs were the first to offer 2022 guard Dimitrius “DJ” Dudley. The athletic guard already plays beyond his age; he is a dynamic player who can score in a variety of ways. He has three years before he even gets into college, which means a lot can happen in that time. We will keep an eye on the local kid’s development.