Indiana is in the final five for a big damn deal recruit:
One of the nation’s top defensive players is one step closer to make a college choice.
On Tuesday, Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Mass.) center Goodluck Okonoboh narrowed his list of offers to (in no order) Duke, Florida, Indiana, Ohio State and UNLV. ESPN’s Adam FInkelstein first reported the news, followed by Okonoboh, who confirmed the list.
“These coaches were all visible this summer, as were several others,” Vin Pastore, Okonoboh’s Mass Rivals AAU coach told NBC Sports in a phone interview on Tuesday afternoon. “But I guess these were the ones he felt the most connected to.
“It was time. He’s gonna start planning his visits. I think [it will] be sometime in the near future.”
Does Indiana have a chance for the No. 19 recruit in the class of 2014? Pastore thinks so:
Looking at Okonoboh’s top five, one school stands out: Indiana. Last fall, Tom Crean got a commitment from another Mass Rivals product, Noah Vonleh.
“He’s friends with Noah, and Noah’s at Indiana, so we’ll leave it at that,” Pastore said.
We would prefer to just get a commitment, but it’s a start.