It's been a slower-than-usual summer for Pat Chambers on the recruiting trail, but that's about to change in the coming weeks. The July evaluation period is just around the corner, and commitment dominoes are falling daily in the class of 2018. The Nittany Lions still have one commitment, D.C. area swingman Myles Dread, and are looking to add one of the top uncommitted prospects in Ohio to the fold. Cleveland guard Dwayne Cohill, long one of the Lions' top targets, released his top ten schools today. As expected, it was good news for Penn State:
Thankful for all the schools who have recruited me but this is my top 10! I want to thank God but hard work truly pays off pic.twitter.com/qXJiTzWetz
— Dwayne Cohill (@therealdwayne35) July 7, 2017
Cohill broke down his 10 finalists with Elevate Hoops. Here is what he had to say about the Nittany Lions:
“They’ve been recruiting me since I was a freshman and I have a great relationship with everyone there. Also, I have the chance to go in and play right away. Everything is close and right around me and the people there all seem to have a true genuine love for each other and that’s something intriguing.”
A consensus four-star recruit and widely considered a top-100 player in the class of 2018, Cohill's recruitment will be fascinating to watch unfold considering the situation at the in-state power school. Ohio State ceremoniously fired Thad Matta and brought in Butler's Chris Holtmann to shore up in-state recruiting - the Buckeyes did bring in 2017 forward and Ohioan Kyle Young to suit up this season, but so far the change hasn't paid dividends in the class of 2018. Three of the top four recruits in Ohio have made their decisions, and none will attend Ohio State as it stands. Obviously Cohill will be a priority for the new staff in Columbus.
Penn State should feel good about their position though, as Cohill has talked about the Nittany Lions in glowing terms on more than one occasion. His latest chat with BWI's Nate Bauer paints Penn State and UNLV as two of his favorites, though the allure of the home state school is also evident.