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Pollard, Obekpa Still on Board as Late Signing Ends
With the NCAA late signing period coming to an end Wednesday, it appears that Devonta Pollard and Chris Obekpa will remain on the board.
Neither has surfaced to say they have signed a Letter of Intent and getting quality information on either player is tantamount to prying secrets out of North Korea.
Multiple sources told SNY.tv that the 6-foot-9 Obekpa is leaning toward Cincinnati but it is still possible he could take other visits, too. He also lists Providence, DePaul, Oregon, St. John’s and UConn.
The 6-8 Pollard is reportedly considering Alabama and Texas.
If neither signs a Letter of Intent, they could still commit to a school and not be bound by the paperwork.
Several other top 2012 players are still on the board and could end up prepping, reclassifying or landing on a college campus this fall.
That group includes Savon Goodman, Michael Chandler, Torian Graham, Norvel Pelle and Carlos Morris.Rob Moore, Goodman’s coach at Philly Constitution, told SNY.tv Wednesday that N.C. State was now recruiting the 6-6 Goodman and that he planned to take more visits after the dead period ends. He recently visited Seton Hall and Pitt.
Chandler, who has decommitted from three schools, is linked to St. John’s but is still waiting to be cleared by the NCAA.
Graham has decommitted from N.C. State twice and is working on his academics.
Pelle, a former St. John’s, is also dealing with academic issues, per my recent story on him.
And Morris has not signed and may opt to prep, according to his AAU coach, Antwan Tennell.
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