Things continue to pick up on the recruiting trail as Gonzaga's staff looks to close out the 2013 class. Over the weekend, a couple of pretty big pieces of news came to us about some potential prospects. As we have said, there are a couple of names floating on the Zags' radar at this time but it is important to keep in mind that we will probably only see one, possibly two more players get added to this class. With Lucas Meikle and Ryan Edwards already committed, and a very solid 2014 pipeline coming up, I would be surprised to see more than two more players added in 2013. With that said, let's take a look at the couple of things making news as we start the week
Zags Offer Graham Woodward
As we reported last week, Graham Woodward received a visit from the Gonzaga staff and he has since picked up an offer from the Bulldogs. Mark Few has extended the offer to Graham and they are working to set up an official visit for him to Spokane. Graham has received a number of prestigious offers from around the country so it is hard to gauge where he stands with the Bulldogs but, from a basketball perspective, Gonzaga is likely the best offer on record. He is obviously interested as he is setting up an official so confidence is definitely high that Graham could wind up in a Zag uniform one day. From our perspective, it seems like Graham is an ideal fit to come in and learn under Kevin Pangos. He would likely have to sacrifice some immediate playing time that he could receive elsewhere but if he is willing to wait, the outcome could be incredible.
Another Junior College Visitor
This past weekend, Chris Griffin from Wabash Valley College visited Gonzaga. While we wait to hear specifics of the visit, and whether or not we should expect a commit, it does seem that the staff is exploring a number of options. One option is Craig Brown from Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In a recent interview with Auburn's Rivals page, Brown said that Gonzaga was in his top three along with Auburn and Rutgers. Auburn is also a major player for Chris Griffin. Brown visited the Tigers this past weekend he apparently he had an absolute blast which is to be expected as he got to take in an Auburn football victory. Without sounding conceited, if it is a pure basketball decision, Gonzaga seems to be the best destination of his finalists but since Brown does hail from the South, the other two schools do hold a geographic advantage.
Former Zag Demetri Goodson has gone from starting point guard to shutdown corner. More after the jump...
Goodson Shines On The Gridiron
Since we are a Gonzaga blog, there are rarely football posts on this site but it does feel worth mentioning how well a former Zag has been doing on the football field. Demetri Goodson, who was Gonzaga's former starting point guard, has been an incredible addition for Baylor. This past week for the Bears, Goodson had five tackles, including a tackle for loss and also had an interception. He drew this rave review from Baylor's SB Nations site "Our Daily Bears":
Demetri Goodson is by far our best cover man in the secondary. It is a pleasure watching him play when he's given the chance to man up on a receiver.
It is truly awesome to see Meech play so well. While he was a very polarizing player at Gonzaga, he remains a personal favorite of mine. It is truly an amazing testament to him that he can take so much time off from football and then come back and step in as a key contributor at a Big 12 program. Best of luck to Meech as he continues to grow into his new role at Baylor.
WCC Biggest Beneficiary Of Conference Re-Alignment
Interesting chart below (article here) from SI.com's Luke Winn. Basically, the 'winners' are in green to the left and the 'losers' are to the right. Not surprisingly, C-USA, Big East, and Mountain West were the major losers from re-alignment.