On the heels of their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2013, the future looks pretty bright for the Marquette Golden Eagles. Still possessing an abundance of youth and talent heading into 2017, the Golden Eagles are looking to continue that trend going forward. That said, it seemed like a pretty quiet month for Steve Wojciechowski, at least compared to others around the conference.
Let’s take a look at how April went for MU.
Marquette grabbed yet another player from Michigan as three-star guard Greg Elliott committed back on April 4. Elliott is the third player from the Mitten to join MU’s 2017 recruiting class, joining Jamal Cain and Ike Eke. It’s evident that Wojo is trying to extend his reach beyond Wisconsin and Michigan looks to be turning into an area of importance, which should be interesting with future recruiting battles against the likes of Michigan and Michigan State.
Mathis is one of two players that Marquette offered in the month of April. He is a native of Maryland and a three-star shooting per 247Sports’ recruiting services. He ranks as the seventh-best player in the state of Maryland, standing in the company of Georgetown target Jermaine Harris, Wynston Tabbs and Noah Locke. Right now, Mathis is being heavily recruited by Rutgers and Steve Pikiell but that obviously didn’t stop MU from being one of the latest to offer him alongside UConn and Texas A&M in the past few days.
Mark Watts Jr.
The other player that Marquette offered fits the bill of ones they’ve gotten recently. Detroit native Mark Watts Jr. is the one Marquette is now in on and he’ll be one to watch for in the Class of 2019. Watts is ranked third in the state of Michigan right now behind Terry Armstrong and Romeo Weems and already has been getting high-major offers. Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa and Michigan State have offered Watts and Detroit, too, has sent him an offer too. Wojo’s targeted area of Michigan will be tested here for the Detroit point guard and this one will have to be looked at down the line as 2019 approaches.
Wojo was pretty busy in the month of April as far as visits go. Joey Hauser (the brother of current Golden Eagle Sam Hauser), Jamarl Baker, Jaedon LeDee, Quetin Grimes, Jarvis Thomas and Race Thompson are among the players that he either observed or went to see for in-home visits. Hauser is an intriguing one as Joey is a five-star player in the Class of 2018 and would be, suffice it to say, a huge get for Marquette if they’re able to land him.
What’s the story?
Well, Marquette didn’t do too much but it’s still pretty early obviously. Getting Elliott and pulling him away from Michigan State was a big win for Wojo and the newfound area of growth in Michigan and it looks like he’s going to continue to recruit the state with the offer being sent out to Mark Watts Jr. As far as the visits go, we’ll see how they shake out. Hauser is the big fish obviously but there’s still plenty of talent to go around. In all, a pretty good but quiet month for Marquette and I’d suspect things will heat up as the summer goes on.