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Carlino reopens recruitment

Matt Carlino, a junior guard at Bloomington South High School and verbal commitment to Indiana, has reopened his recruiting according to his father Mark.

Mark Carlino confirmed a story reported on the recruiting website Rivals.com late Thursday night. He said he wanted Matt to handle any other questions himself, but that he had already gone to bed for the night.

Carlino originally committed to Indiana in August 2008. He transferred to South this year from Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz., near Phoenix. He averaged 13.3 points per game and 4.3 assists this season at South, which went undefeated until the regional finals when it lost to Jeffersonville.

“Coach (Tom) Crean and his staff have been great to me,” Matt Carlino reportedly told Rivals.com. “However, I feel I committed too early, and although I like Indiana, I felt it would be good to explore other options.”

Carlino, listed at 6-foot-2, 175-pounds, was ranked the No. 122 recruit in the nation by Rivals.com.


Other stories on Abraham

I’m trying to reach Joe Boncore for more information on Moses Abraham’s commitment, and I hope to speak to Abraham himself again later. While you’re waiting, here’s Adam Zagoria’s blog on the subject. Zagoria reports that Boncore said the decision was influenced by Abraham’s uncle. Also, here’s Steve Yanda’s post on the Washington Post blog which actually broke the story.

We’ll keep trying to flesh this out.


Abraham commits to Georgetown

Moses Abraham confirmed a Washington Post report that he has committed to Georgetown just hours after returning to the Washington D.C. area from a visit to Indiana. The 6-foot-9, 237-pound forward said “It was a tough decision,” but when asked why he chose Georgetown over Indiana, he said nothing for several seconds, then asked that he be contacted again later.

Abraham had narrowed his choices down to Georgetown and Indiana about a week ago, and was set to make his decision on Sunday, March 14, but pushed it back until the following Tuesday when the NCAA calendar allowed for a meeting with Indiana coach Tom Crean. Crean convinced him to visit Bloomington, and Abraham was in town Tuesday and Wednesday and arrived back in Washington today.

Sources close to the situation in Bloomington say that when Abraham left today, he did so with a plan to speak with friends and family about the visit and to discuss with them making a commitment to Indiana. That apparently changed when he landed.


Yeagley feels at home, here at, umm, home

When it all seems so huge — so complicated and real and right in front of you — the best thing to do, sometimes, is to go small.

This morning at Indiana’s practice, first-year coach Todd Yeagley had a manager place four cones on the field in a rectangle about eight yards wide and 10 yards long. Then, he gave a ball to one player and told him to dribble it past the player in front of him. This one-on-one drill continued for five minutes, and gave way to two-on-two drills, then three-on-three.

Yeagley, whose father built the Indiana soccer program and won six national titles, is back in town after a year coaching the Wisconsin Badgers. He replaced Mike Freitag, whose teams struggled offensively and failed to reach the College Cup (soccer’s final Four) since winning the tournament in his first year, 2003 2004.

The program he takes over is certainly not in shambles, not compared to the football or basketball programs currently being restructured on another part of campus. But Yeagley says he has been working non-stop since being hired in late December to figure out what fixes he needs to make. He’s hardly had enough time to glance down at the logo always depicted somewhere on his shirt.

“We’ve been so busy that sometimes you have to step back and remember that you’re leading the most prestigious program in the nation,” he said. “It hits me at moments, but we’ve had our heads so wrapped around what we have to do that you don’t have time to think about it. When you do, it’s humbling.”

I attended the last two IU soccer practices — late Wednesday and early Thursday — and will have more on the team in a bit.


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A brief, and not really detailed, update on Abraham

I spoke to Joe Boncore, Moses Abraham’s guardian, earlier, and there wasn’t much he can say because Boncore didn’t go to Bloomington with Abraham on the visit.

“He says he likes it out there,” Boncore said. “It’s going to be a tough choice for him.”

Abraham made an appearance at the Indiana baseball game on Wednesday, arriving at Sembower Field with assistant coach Bennie Setzer to meet Indiana coach Tom Crean, who was already there with his family. Abraham sat with Crean for several innings, then left with Setzer and IU guard Maurice Creek among others.

Boncore said Abraham will return to Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

Boncore also confirms that he is not, in fact, the coach at Progressive Christian Academy in Temple Hills, Md., where Abraham plays.



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