In Jarell Eddie, Virginia Tech has scored a commitment from a 4-star prospect (as rated by Rivals.com and Scout.com) who first played on Cannon School’s (Concord, N.C.) varsity boys basketball program as an 8th-grader. As an 8th-grader, Eddie, who stood 6-5 at the time, was more of a post player according to Cannon School head coach Ron Johnson. Since then, the star rising junior has almost transformed his game.
“The past few years he has developed his perimeter shooting,” Johnson said of Eddie, who, rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com, is considered one of the top overall recruits in the 2010 class. “He gets better and better and that’s what I think really had the college coaches excited about him. He keeps improving.
“He is pretty versatile. He can do things from the inside and outside. He can really shoot it. He has made the transition to being a perimeter player. People can see how he has developed. He can really, really shoot the ball from the outside now. One of the things he needs to continue to work on is his perimeter defense. On the ACC level, he’ll have to defend quick guys at the two. I’m sure he’ll continue to develop.”
Virginia Tech sees the 6-7, 210-pound prospect as a guard on the next level.
“They are recruiting him as a 2-guard,” Johnson said. “In a lot of college systems the two and the three positions do the same thing. He could probably fit both positions, but Coach Greenberg was very specific about recruiting him as a two.”
Eddie earned a handful of top Division 1 scholarship offers. He had a list of about seven schools he was seriously considering before he narrowed that list to four – Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. An early decision wasn’t necessarily expected, but it certainly materialized quickly.
“Once his recruitment started, I really felt like he would take this thing all the way through to his senior year,” Johnson said. “I thought he would take all of his visits. After going to school after school, I think it kind of wore on him a little bit. He wanted to be able to focus on his academics. I sat down with Jarell, his mom and his dad last Friday. He listed a lot of positives and negatives...
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