VCU has entered a new world of recruiting. The black and gold picked up ESPN top-100 guard, Melvin Johnson along with fellow top-100 and VCU legacy, Jordan Burgess, back in 2012, went without a top-100 recruit in 2013 but did land fringe top-100 stud, JeQuan Lewis, an ESPN 4-star player that season, then hit a total home run this past year in landing the nation’s 14th-ranked recruiting class according to ESPN, landing their second highest rated recruit ever in Terry Larrier (No.43) as well as their fellow top-100s Mike Gilmore (No.77) and Justin Tillman (No.97) to go along with point guard Jonathan Williams.
The Rams are looking for an encore performance with their 2015 class, a class off to a strong start after landing top-100 shooting guard, Kenny Williams (No.79), who chose the Rams over UNC. Coaches have been building the foundation of that class for years but the next few weeks could help determine just how strong it will eventually be as a handful of major recruits come to campus.
This weekend the Rams will host 6’8 forward Markis McDuffie (ESPN No.92) from the famed St. Anthony High School program coached by Bob Hurley Sr. as well as high priority big, Ernest Aflakpui (ESPN 4-star with offers from the likes of Memphis and Temple).
The will follow that up by officially bringing commit Kenny Williams to campus along with high priority targets Tevin Mack and Aric Holman.
Like Williams, Mack is a big-time scorer and currently ranked No.58 by ESPN at 6’5 200 lbs, a Treveon Graham type from Columbia, SC. Holman has flown somewhat under the radar until most recently but has had big fans at both VCU and Louisville for some time now.
The Rams also recently hosted top-100 guard, Levan Alston (No.86), who announced he will make his college decision on September 30.
VCU will likely start the 2014-15 season in the top-25, if not top-15, and was named by ESPN.com as one of top-25 programs of the next three years. Big recruitings weekends over the next few weeks could all but cement that prediction while continuing VCU’s meteoric rise from 2011 Cinderella to hoops power.