UT the other day received its fifth verbal commitment in the 2014 class, which brings the team's scholarship allotment to an NCAA-maximum 15.
Interestingly, all of the commitments are from a state other than Ohio. Also of note, the Rockets as it stands today will have a roster in 2014-15 that includes twice as many foreign players (four: Zanoguera, Monakana, Alfredo, Kessler) as Ohioans (two: Recker, Harris).
Before we move on here are the commitments listed in order of the date they committed.
Jada Woody, 5-11, wing, Plymouth, Mich. Committed January 2013.
Lindsay Dorr, 6-2, post, Rogers, Minn. Committed June 2013.
Mikaela Boyd, 5-7, point guard, Hillside, Ill. Committed July 2013.
Nancy Kessler, 6-2, post, Ontario, Canada. Committed August 2013.
Michaela Rasmussen, 6-1, post, Victoria, Minn. Committed August 2013.
A few thoughts/notes:
-The 2013 and 2014 classes produced 11 recruits. The staff, which is trying to make up for a couple of lean recruiting years, will have a young team for a couple seasons. These two classes will be vital to UT maintaining its status among top mid-major programs.
-Grabbing two players from Minnesota jumps out. I'm not sure which assistant coach gets credit for building relationships in that state.
-It's a shame in 2013 that locating reliable women's basketball recruiting information on the web is so difficult. Someone with the time, resources, and energy needs to attack this. It's not big business such as in football, but there is definitely a niche thirst for solid women's recruiting coverage.
-The 2014-15 roster by geographical breakdown looks like this: Michigan (3), Illinois (2), Minnesota (2), Ohio (2), Spain (2), Wisconsin (1), Indiana (1), England (1), Canada (1).