It appears we are in the home stretch of the recruitment of class of 2019 five-star Keion Brooks, Jr.
While we are long past when many believed a commitment would be announced, the 6-foot-9 wing is taking what is apparently one last look at his primary options.
News broke early Friday evening that Brooks, Jr. would be attending Saturday’s high profile contest between Kentucky and Tennessee in Lexington.
— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) February 15, 2019
Later in the evening it broke that Brooks, Jr. would also be attending Sunday’s Ohio State at Michigan State contest.
— Sean Scherer (@SeanScherer247) February 16, 2019
Brooks, Jr. is also reportedly considering North Carolina. We are not aware of any planned visits there at this time.
The Fort Wayne native’s La Lumiere team plays its final regular season game on Wednesday, and then will have several weeks until they compete in the nationals during the first week of April.
It is widely speculated that Brooks, Jr. will make a final decision during that window.
While any visits are cause for concern, this is just part of the process in the recruitment of a high profile target.
In fact, Indiana fans saw this very turn of events with 2019 signee Trayce Jackson-Davis.
— Mike Schumann @ The Daily Hoosier (@daily_hoosier) February 16, 2019
Jackson-Davis was a guest of Michigan State in Indianapolis for their season opener against Kansas in early November — and signed with Indiana just days later.
There could be multiple reasons why a recruit might take a final visit like this, from a final confirmatory look, to placating a family member, to just taking advantage of the opportunity to see some really good college basketball games.
We continue to believe that Brooks, Jr. will land at Indiana for the reasons that we have laid out on multiple occasions. The fact that he is visiting not one but both schools this weekend provides added comfort.
Is it a done deal? No it isn’t. We don’t believe that Brooks, Jr. is intentionally wasting anyone’s time.
But we still like where Indiana is with this one.
And one way or another, the wait is almost over.
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