Despite a flurry of late attention this spring, Pensacola (FL) freshman Brandon Gordon opted to sign with South Alabama on Thursday.
JUCO Junction caught up with Pensacola J.C. Head Coach Paul Swanson on Thursday evening, and he said that Gordon inked with the Jaguar program after fielding interest from DePaul, Pittsburgh and others.
"He had a lot of people recruiting him and had a chance to play at a higher level," Swanson said. "But South Alabama is close to home, he's comfortable with the program and they wanted him. I think he'll make a major contribution there."
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A native of Birmingham, Ala., the 6-6 Gordon was a qualifier out of high school, so he'll have three years of eligibility at South Alabama.
Two other Pensacola big men, Joel Anthony and Richard Damus, are beginning to sort out their options this spring.
Swanson said that Anthony, a 6-9, 240 pound center/power forward from Montreal, Quebec, is tentatively slated to visit Nebraska from Apr.29 through May 1.
DePaul has been in to look at Anthony, and Penn State was scheduled to come in today, Apr. 16.
Among the other programs looking at Anthony are UNLV, Purdue, Buffalo, Maine and Penn State.
As for Damus, a 6-7 combo forward from Port St. Lucie, Fla., he'll visit Jacksonville this weekend (Apr. 16-18) and Troy State (Apr. 23-25). Southeastern Louisiana and Georgia Southern are also in the mix with Damus, Swanson said.
Things have become a little more uncertain with 6-8 power forward Damar Ruffin of Akron, Ohio.
His academic situation has become cloudy, and Swanson said that Ruffin will need summer school to graduate.
After attending Rick Ball's event last weekend in Oklahoma, 6-4 Tim Jennings has seen a spike in his recruitment this spring.
Swanson said that St. Louis is coming in to take a look at Jennings, while Creighton, Winthrop and Florida A&M have expressed preliminary interest.
Croatian big man Zoran Jelenic, a 6-7 power forward, is being eyeballed by a number of Division II and some low Division I programs this spring, Swanson said.
JUCO Junction will keep an eye on the Pirate sophs until they reach decisions this spring or summer. Stay tuned!