I already noted Loco's post on Kevin O'Neill bagging his first commit.
But KO snagged another commit as well...
Curtis Washington, a senior forward at Elizabethtown High School in Kentucky, gave a verbal commitment on Wednesday to play basketball at USC.
The recruit was a relatively unknown player who had not received any college offers but he landed on the radar of a few coaches when he was selected as the MVP of last week’s Rick Bolus Blue Chip Camp in Georgetown, Kent. He also had a strong showing at the adidas It Takes 5ive Classic at Northern Kentucky University this week."I went from nothing to one of the best schools offering me," Washington told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "When he (Trojans coach Kevin O’Neill) told me I had the offer, I prayed on it and talked with my family and it was everything I was looking for."
I think this is cool. I realize that SC isn't going to get top level recruits for a little while yet but with all the bad news that we have been through the past few months it is nice to see some good news being written.
I like O'Neill's drive and honesty but we are far from being out of the woods. He did a nice Q&A with Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News, O'Neill readily admits there is still a lot we don't know in regards to the NCAA's investigation.
Q: How concerned are you about the NCAA investigation and what impact it might have as you develop?A: I can't be concerned with it at all. At some point, there are going to be some consequences. All we're going to do is deal with those consequences in a positive and enthusiastic way and move forward. Whatever happened—and I don't know; everybody says, "Sure you know," but I don't know anything, our administration doesn't know anything. They'll let us know when they're ready to let us know. To me, it's the only question mark around our program. Everything else—facilities, education, weather, the new arena—there's no other question mark.
It really is hard to know at this point. O'Neill is not popular among a lot of the fan base and I am still a little skeptical but we really have no choice but to give him a chance and see how it plays out.
I do like the fact that he has jumped in with both feet and appears not to be deterred with all the controversy surrounding the program. That is a good first step.