While Providence continues to pound the (virtual) pavement looking to get recruits in the fold with the 2021 class, they have positioned themselves quite nicely for several recruits in the Class of 2022.
247 recently updated their rankings for this class, and I’ve listed recruits of significance below. I’ve purposely not included certain recruits that we’ve offered that haven’t expressed interest in PC.
One theme I noticed when analyzing the 2022 Class is that Cooley and Staff seemingly have shifted their focus from recruiting the Mid-Atlantic and Carolinas to the Northeast/New England footprint. This could just be a coincidence with talent being more prominent in the Northeast in the 2022 class relative to other years, but it is a trend I’d like to see continue moving forward. Cooley should still try to find talent that would be receptive to playing at PC down in ACC country, but I believe we’ll have more success on the recruiting trail by focusing on the Northeast first and foremost.
One last thing to point out before discussing the recruits: emphasis on frontcourt help. I think Cooley recognizes they need some significant help at the 4/5 position, which is why you will see us in the running for recruits that can play these spots. It is essential we get 3-4 big men over the next two recruiting classes.
Donovan Clingan – 39 Overall, #6 Center, #1 State – Bristol Central (Bristol, CT)
Competition: This should be a Big East slug it out battle with UCONN likely being the main competition. So happy we invited them back into the Big East!
Jayden Epps – 63 Overall, Combo Guard, #5 State – Kings Fork (Suffolk, VA)
Competition: Various ACC and SEC schools.
Kyle Filipowski – 81 Overall, Power Forward, #1 State – Wibraham & Monson (Wibraham, MA)
Competition: Providence appears to be in a good place right now with this recruitment, but I anticipate it to heat up in coming months
Alex Karaban – 86 Overall, Small Forward, #1 State – New Hampton School (New Hampton, NH)
Competition: Providence was the first major offer for Karaban. Friars will be competing with several BE schools. Karaban recently mentioned PC as one of schools recruiting him hardest
Corey Floyd Jr. – 101 Overall, Combo Guard, #3 State – Roselle Catholic (Roselle, NJ)
Competition: Son of former Friar, we’ll see how far family ties can go with this recruitment. Wrote about him here: https://theprovidencecrier.com/2020/07/20/corey-floyd-jr-offer-a-familiar-name/#more-2407
Chisom Okpara – Not Ranked in latest update, but 127 composite ranking – Small Forward – Vermont Academy
Competition: Although he isn’t in the latest update, I included Okpara because I believe he is likely to land with the Friars. He’s been on campus several times and goes to school in New England. This is the type of recruit you prioritize.