West Virginia hosted Hobbs (N.M.) New Mexico J.C. point guard Jeff Newberry on an official visit in the beginning of March and he left with the Mountaineers as his clear cut leader. Now over four-months later, what has changed in his recruitment?
Newberry, 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, is up to almost 22 scholarship offers, and he has comprised a top five of Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma State, Abeline Christian, and West Virginia, although he believes that other schools could get involved with upcoming camps in Atlanta and Las Vegas this month.
"The assistants want the head coach to see me," he said.
However, one thing has remained consistent for the 2014 recruit and that is West Virginia remains in the top for his services after seeing the campus and interacting with the coaching staff.
Abeline Christian is on the list due to the fact that his mentor, Patrice Days, took an assistant coaching job at the Southland Conference school in west-central Texas. He plans to use one of his official visits their this fall.
Newberry is currently in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia and will remain there until August when he reports to New Mexico J.C. after playing at NEO J.C. last season in Oklahoma.
He plans to take all five of his official visits this fall and is looking to wrap up his recruiting sometime in late September or early October. He had originally planned to announce on his birthday, Sept. 22 but with more schools entering the mix he will take his time to make sure he finds the right school.