The state of Georgia has three of the top 25 overall college prospects in the nation with Miller Grove’s Tony Parker, Southwest DeKalb’s Shaq Goodwin and Shiloh’s Robert Carter.
Wednesday was the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period, and Carter is tentatively scheduled to announce between Georgia Tech and UGA, among others, at 5 p.m. Thursday.
What about Parker and Goodwin? They may wait until April’s late signing period.
Duke and Ohio State are considered the frontrunners for the 6-foot-9, 270-pound Tony Parker, who also took official visits to UCLA and Memphis.
“Tony is probably signing late,” Miller Grove High School coach Sharman White told the AJC on Wednesday.
After school on Wednesday, Parker texted “I’m not signing this week.” We asked Parker if that meant next week, too, with the signing period ending next Wednesday, and we’re waiting to hear back. He could mean that he’s waiting for April.
There’s a little more drama surrounding the 6-8, 240-pound Shaq Goodwin. He made the surprising decision to commit to Memphis on Tuesday but told the AJC on Wednesday that he is unsure if he will sign early.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Goodwin, declining to go into more details.
It was not a surprise that Goodwin committed to Memphis, but that he did it before taking all five official visits. He has only made recruiting trips to Memphis and UCLA, with UGA, Florida and Arizona also listed as his leaders.
There is also speculation that when Goodwin abruptly committed to Memphis on Tuesday, announcing on Twitter that he was “#MemphisBound,” that he had yet to fully discuss the situation with his family.
Why would a top prospect wait until April’s late period? There are many reasons. Here are three: (1) He may want to want to see if there are any coaching changes after the college season at the colleges he is considering. The assistant in charge of recruiting him may leave for another school, or the head coach could get fired or hired away by another team. (2) He may want to look at the depth chart after the college season to see if there are any transfers or NBA Draft defections which may affect his playing time. (3) Most likely, the player is simply undecided, or torn between a few schools, and needs more time to evaluate his decision.
Doesn’t a player risk losing his scholarship by signing late? Yes, but highly unlikely with elite prospects such as Parker, Goodwin or Carter. Even if one pulled a scholarship, there would be plenty of more willing to wait until the cows come home.
Here’s a list of some top prospects who did sign on Wednesday (will update as we confirm):
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