There have been those in message board and blogging land that have lamented so far that Alabama has been unable to recruit the best talent from the state of Alabama. In fact, the message has been resounded that Grant can not succeed unless he successfully recruits the great state of Alabama. People saw a commit from Kansas and Florida and they just stood there scratching their head, drooling and repeating, mantra-like, "Grant can't recruit the state, Grant can't recruit the state..." and on and on into that good night.
Well, do I have good news for those of you worrying about in-state recruiting. According to Jerry Meyer with Rivals, Luke Cothron - a 6-foot-8, 210 power forward from Huntsville - who had verbally committed to N.C. State has officially decommitted from the Wolfpack. The top two schools in play are Alabama and, surprise surprise, Kentucky. Other schools interested in Cothron are Tennessee, Connecticut and Ole Miss.
Four-star prospect Luke Cothron has been considered a soft commitment to North Carolina State, but now the 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward is officially decommitted.
Cothron, an Alabama native who is now at Red Springs (N.C,) Flora Macdonald Academy, has opened up his recruitment and is likely headed elsewhere than NC State.
Alabama and Kentucky are likely visitation destinations for Cothron and Tennessee, Connecticut and Ole Miss are also on his list.
Connecticut’s Coach Calhoun is scheduled to visit Cothron this week.
Cothron, who averaged 31 and 14 points per game, is looking to make an impact early in his college career.
“I want to come in and play as a freshman,” said Cothron. “I also want a good relationship with the head coach, and I want to be surrounded by a great team.”
Cothron is the No. 33 ranked prospect in the Rivals150.
If Cothron's top two schools truly are Bama and Kentucky, and Kentucky wants him bad enough, it will be a tough recruitment for Grant and his staff. Unfortunately, that is going to be the reality for SEC schools while Calipari is in Lexington: he's going to take what he wants and the other schools can have what's left.
Cothron is by no means a lock to be wearing Crimson next season, but if Grant can land him it would be a legitimate top 50 player added to his first recruiting class to go along with two very solid guards. The question is could Cothron come in and start immediately? 6-foot-8, 210 lbs isn't small by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not exactly imposing. I've seen video of the guy and he doesn't quite have the body of a college power forward yet. With Green and Jemison returning and Hines and Knox showing vast improvement over the last few weeks, it's not a given that Cothron could start immediately. Still, there's no question that for Bama to continue to rebuild the talent level must increase. Cothron would certainly be a part of that process.