College Basketball Recruiting: New ACC Coaches Already Making Their Mark
Anyone who was doubting the recruiting abilities of two new hires in the ACC was served a reality check this week, as Maryland's Mark Turgeon and North Carolina State's Mark Gottfried both received commitments from big-time recruits in the last couple days.
On Monday, 4-star shooting guard Torian Graham of Durham, North Carolina committed to the Wolfpack. Graham was being recruited by schools such as Duke, UNC and even Kentucky but chose to play for Gottfried. This was the coach's first commitment since becoming the head coach at NC State.
Graham joins point guard Tyler Lewis in North Carolina State's 2012 class.
The larger story behind Graham choosing the Wolfpack is that he is literally playing in Duke's backyard, yet he decided he wanted to go to school in Raleigh instead.
It won't take Blue Devils fans long to shake off this recruiting defeat, as Coach K has a loaded class coming in this year and already has received a verbal from Rasheed Sulaimon, another shooting guard in the 2012 class who is ranked even higher than Graham, according to ESPN.com.
Still, Gottfried made a statement by landing such a highly touted recruit in just a month and half as the head coach of the Wolfpack.
In perhaps even bigger news, Mark Turgeon was able to keep Maryland's top 2011 class signee, Nick Faust, committed to the Terps.
Last week, Faust had been granted a release from his letter of intent with Maryland and it appeared that he might attend a different school next year.
But Turgeon must have worked his magic because five days later, Faust is once again fully committed to playing at College Park, even if Gary Williams will not be his coach.
While Maryland lost former signee Sterling Gibs to Texas, keeping Faust will help Turgeon speed up the rebuilding process.
Neither Turgeon or Gottfried were their new school's first choice to hire as head coach, but the two are still clearly very skilled at both coaching and recruiting.
In a conference where it is vital to keep up with Duke or UNC in recruiting, both these coaches have shown they can do so and that should come as very good news to the fan bases of these programs.
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