Sunday, March 30, 2008

Update on . . . Omar Smith

Omar Smith, a 6'1 senior guard for Piscataway High School (NJ), has seen colleges' interest in him pick up recently. I just spoke with Omar, and he informed me that he has been receiving interest from Felician, Monmouth, Fairfield, Rider, College of Staten Island, Ramapo University, Southeatern Louisiana, and Philadelphia University. Although none of the schools have extended a scholarship offer for basketball to Smith as of now, Philadelphia U has offered him a "[partial] academic scholarship." Smith's GPA is "3.0," which explains the impressive offer he has received from Philadelphia University, which is a Division II program. This is only school which Omar has gone on an official visit to thus far, and he "liked it." Smith told me that over the past month, he has been "getting a lot of interest" from Southeastern Lousiana, which is a DI team. The school found out about Omar because his "AAU coach told them . . . about [him]." The AAU program is "Surprise Athletics, out of Newark, New Jersey." Smith let me know that "next weekend [he will] . . . visit Southeastern Louisiana. . . . [The] is talking about doing some things with an offer." As of now, "Monmouth, Southeastern [Louisiana], and Philadelphia U," are at the top of Smith's list, and "they are all equal . . . now." Smith applied to Southeastern Louisiana, Philadelphia University, Rider, Felician, and Monmouth, though he has "not yet" heard back from anywhere other than Philadelphia U, which is the school that offered him an academic scholarship. Omar will "probably [make his decision] . . . on the 15th." I'll let you know where Smith ends up.

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