Confirming Adam Zagoria’s report Friday morning, Kyrie Irving said that he will not take an official visit to Indiana and that the New Jersey point guard is no longer considering the Hoosiers.
“Me and my family talked about it,” Irving said. “And I want to thank Indiana for bringing me along as long as they did, but as of now, I’m not going there on an official and Indiana is off my list.”
Irving, rated as a five-star recruit and the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2010 class by Rivals.com, had been the Hoosiers top target for some time. Asked why Indiana dropped out of the race, he did not provide much detail.
“It wasn’t necessarily anything they did wrong,” Irving said. “It was absolutely a family decision. That was basically it.”
Still on his list, Irving said, are Duke, Connecticut, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Seton Hall and Texas A&M. He has official visits still scheduled for Duke on Sept. 26, Texas A&M on Oct. 9, Kentucky on Oct. 15 and Georgia Tech on Oct. 23. He said he plans on taking all of his visits before making a decision.
The Hoosiers still have one scholarship remaining for the 2010 class and can oversign by one.
[1:45 p.m. UPDATE]
Kyrie Irving will not consider Indiana, his uncle, Sye Dean, told Adam Zagoria.
“Indiana is out,” said Sye Dean, Irving’s uncle. “We respect the program. We respect Tom Crean. We feel blessed that a University of that caliber would recruit Kyrie, but sometimes in regards to this recruiting process you have to eliminate certain programs. That’s part of the process.
“It’s always a process of elimination and I think Tom Crean and their program did a wonderful job. We just felt that Indiana wasn’t the place where he could develop and that’s no disrespect to Tom Crean. Although Indiana is a great program and has great coaches, we just felt it was conducive for us to go in another direction.”
Kyrie Irving, Indiana’s top target in the class of 2010, has postponed his planned Oct. 2 official visit because of a “family engagement,” and may not visit the campus at all, Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com is reporting.
Irving’s father, Drederick, told Zagoria that the scheduling conflict will prevent Irving from visiting Bloomington the first weekend in October.
But with visits already scheduled with Duke (Sept. 25), Texas A&M (Oct. 9), Kentucky (Oct. 15) and Georgia Tech (Oct. 23), Indiana, Seton Hall and UConn are all now up for that fifth official visit.
“We only have one slot remaining,” Drederick said. “We want to sit back and give ourselves a couple days to digest. We want to assess and see which schools are conducive to Kyrie’s needs and where he wants to be.”
Redshirt freshman tailback Darius Willis (ankle) and sophomore left guard Justin Pagan (ankle) are both listed as probable on Indiana’s injury report, released Friday morning. Guard Cody Faulkner, however, apparently suffered a shoulder injury this week and is listed as out. He missed the Hoosiers’ first two games and much of preseason practice because of a foot injury, but was off the injury report as of Tuesday.
Defensive end Fred Jones (foot) and running back Zach Davis-Walker (shoulder), who had both been upgraded to questionable on Tuesday, are listed as out on the latest injury report. Defensive end Terrance Thomas, cornerback Donnell Jones and linebacker Chad Sherer are each listed as questionable.
Matt Carlino has been declared eligible to play basketball for South this season.
The Indiana High Schools Athletics Association (IHSAA) told both South and the Carlino family of its decision Friday morning, ending a process that lasted throughout the summer.
“I thought it was a long, drawn-out process for a case that was black and white,” South coach J.R. Holmes said. “They moved and it was nothing athletically involved from our standpoint.”
Carlino, a junior, moved to Bloomington in late May from Gilbert, Ariz.
He’s a 2011 verbal commitment to Indiana and coach Tom Crean, but his family has said he is moving because the Carlinos have grown to love Bloomington.
“You know, the overriding factor on all this is literally how much Matt and myself and the rest of the family loves Bloomington,” Carlino’s father, Mark, said in May. “People in those parts might find that funny because they want to come to warm weather like we have. But every time we go there we are sad to go home. Pretty much the driving force behind all of this is our affection for Bloomington, Indiana.”
I wrote a story for tomorrow’s H-T about Akron’s new stadium, and what strikes me most about it from talking to those involved is that it sounds like the school has entered an entirely different universe in terms of football atmosphere. Coach J.D. Brookhart freely admits he didn’t even want recruits to see the Rubber Bowl on trips, but now he thinks it can totally change the Zips place in recruiting. The $61.6 million facility has about 30,000 seats, it’s located on campus unlike the old facility and it’s got tons of amenities the Rubber Bowl didn’t have, like club seating and video boards.
“I’d venture to say overall we have the best facilities in the whole league,” Brookhart said. “Hopefully it takes recruiting to a whole new level. Most of the kids we’ve recruited are over 3.0 students, so with the APR, we’ve positioned ourselves for the future should the landscape of college football change. That’s visionary thinking to me.”
According to an IU release, guard Pete Saxon, tight end Brian Zematis, wide receiver Terrance Turner and wide receiver/quarterback Mitchell Evans have been named game captains for Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game at Akron.
Indiana football coach Bill Lynch said Wednesday that his team has adapted well to what it will see from Akron this weekend. A team needs look comfortable facing the scout team — which runs what the next opponent is expected to run — by Wednesday. He felt his team has. There will be challenges on both sides of the ball for Indiana, as Akron runs a fairly traditional spread and a 3-4 defense.
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