Today was the first day recruits of the 2009 Class could sign their LOIs to their respective schools. If you did not know, PSU had 2 verbal commitments for this class coming into today. 6’5″ wing, Jermaine Marshall, committed in the spring. He did not sign his LOI today, but no worries. I’m sure he’s just having a press conference on Friday to celebrate his signing. He attends Red Land High School, in Harrisburg, so I’m sure the Patriot-News will be all over his signing when he does.
The other commitment, 6’2″ point guard Tim Frazier, did sign his LOI today. Now that Coach DeChellis had a chance to talk about him, either he’s blowing smoke or this kid is a serious player.
“We are very excited to have Tim join our program,” DeChellis said. “He is a very fast, quick player with tremendous speed in the back court and a good shooter. He possesses the kind of athleticism that Stanley Pringle does. He can get in the lane and find open guys and is a great drive and kick passer and he can score. He is a very good on-the-ball defender and a tremendous athlete and we think he really solidifies our back court for the future.”
Sounds like he’s going to be a great addition to the squad. He’ll be Battle’s backup for 2 years then it’ll be his team once Battle graduates. He should provide great depth next year, as Morrissey and Pringle graduate, but he’ll also gain valuable learning experience playing behind Battle. Kudos to coach Dan Earl for getting this guy. ESPN gave him a grade of 89 and has him as the 13th best PG in this class. So we’ll have Battle, Babb, Woodyard, Frazier, and Marshall in the backcourt next season.
Now we still have 3 scholarships available for this remaining class, however, there are no juniors on the roster. Therefore, we have these last three scholarships for the next 2 classes. I won’t be surprised if we don’t sign another guy, but we are in desperate need for inside help. We’ll see if DeChellis and staff find a gem to help us out in the frontcourt this late in the recruiting game.