The final Evaluation Period starts today at 5 PM EST and the Aztecs coaching staff will be out looking for talent to bring to the Mesa. Aztecs fans (us included) will be searching for information about where the coaching staff will be and whom they are recruiting. We will bring you any information that becomes available.
Here are three recruiting storylines that we will be looking at during the next three weeks.
We hear it at least once a day, “when are the Aztecs getting their first commitment?” The answer is, we just do not know, but we hope that the Aztecs get one soon. Aztecs fans are clamoring for a commitment especially after missing out on many recruits (Miles Norris and Taeshon Cherry) and transfers (Ahmed Hamdy, Chase Jeter, Vance Jackson, etc.).
Getting that first commitment would calm a large portion of Aztec Nation that is worried about recruiting. While commitments do not usually happen during the live period, the groundwork for those commitments is solidified during this month.
There are a couple names that Aztecs fans should keep an eye on over the next three weeks. A quadruplet of big men are the main recruits that San Diego State is sitting well with.
San Diego State has been recruiting Joel Mensah for some time and is the main school discussed when the conversation turns to his recruitment. Another player to follow is Nathan Mensah. Oregon and San Diego State offered at about the same time and have been battling for his commitment, however recently Southern California got in the mix. Majur Majak is another prospect that we know that the Aztecs coaching staff has been recruiting hard. Recently Connecticut and Washington offered and a big three weeks could lead to even more offers. Finally the last name to watch is Mason Forbes whose biggest offer is from San Diego State.
Finding a Big Man
Getting a player to play down low is extremely important in order to no longer have to rely on transfers. Getting big men out of high school allows you to develop them and have them fit your system.
We have mentioned above some names to watch, however it is important to remember Tolu Jacobs Yaffa who will not be participating in the July Evaluation Period due to injury, which may keep him off the radar of other schools that are not currently recruiting him.
Andre Kelly is another name that has been reported to be receiving San Diego State interest, however as far as we know he does not have a scholarship offer. The Aztecs have been following his AAU team (Team Arsenal) through the live periods. If there is a likely candidate for an offer, it is Kelly.
What to do with five scholarships
There is a lot of discussion about how the Aztecs plan to use their five scholarships. San Diego Union Tribune columnist Mark Zeigler has stated on numerous occasions that the Aztecs plan on accepting two big men in this recruiting class. We agree with that, but more specifically believe that they will be bringing in two centers. Also, we hope that they will bring in a power forward to develop for when Max Hoetzel graduates in two years.
In the backcourt we think that San Diego State needs to add a true point guard. Devin Watson and Jeremy Hemsley will not be here in three years and the roster will be devoid of point guards. Adding a point guard in 2018 would allow them to develop and take over the reigns of the team when those two leave.
With the last scholarship the Aztecs should offer a wing player. Again one needs to think about the future and once Montaque Gill-Caesar graduates in two years the position will be thin once again. As Zeigler has previously stated the Aztecs are likely to hold on to a scholarship for a transfer, however one in the hand is better than two in the bush. If you identify five good players that are worthy of a scholarship and they want to come to the Mesa, then we feel like you need to take it.
The next three weeks and the quiet period (where student-athletes can visit campus) that follows will be an exciting time. We are looking forward to see how our storylines play out. Expect the coaching staff to put some work in the next couple of weeks and we expect to see some results in the near future.