Southern Miss and new head coach Doc Sadler got a big win on the recruiting trail today when College of Central Florida (Ocala, Fla.) PG Rasham Suarez re-affirmed his pledge to the Eagles.
Suarez is considered by man to be the nation's top JUCO point guard and it would be hard to argue that after his two year career at College of Central Florida.
Suarez committed to and signed with the Eagles under former head coach Donnie Tyndall. When Tyndall moved to Tennessee, Suarez needed some time to clear his head and decide if a move would be best for him as well.
At the end of the day he decided that holding firm to his Southern Miss pledge was in his best interest.
"I decided to stay with Southern Miss," he said in an exclusive interview with BigGoldNation.com. "They were with me from the very beginning. They were loyal to me and I'm going to be loyal to them. I"m a loyal guy."
A very important roll in the decision making process was held by Suarez' father Gama Suarez who is the head coach at Santa Gema (San Juan, PR) High and also coaches a San Juan based AAU team called the PR Stars.
"He had my back no matter what I decided," Rasham said. "As a father and a coach he wanted me to take my time but he wanted to make sure that I made the right decision. We both believe that Southern Miss is the right place for me, my second home to Puerto Rico."
Hold Saurez was a big key for Sadler and his staff.
Southern Miss assistant Jareem Dowling played a key role, he was the only hold over from the Tyndall era and he served as Saurez' recruiting coach from day one.
In an era of coaching changes, transfers and easy releases, sometimes a hold is as good as a win and holding onto Suarez was a huge win for Sadler and Dowling.
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