The first live recruiting period of April begins on Friday and the Providence coaching staff is gearing up for the beginning of the offseason recruiting grind by doing an in-home visit with Top-100 2018 guard Noah Locke on Thursday afternoon, a source told pcbb1917.com. Locke was ranked 95th in the class of 2018 in the latest Rivals.com rankings update out on Tuesday. He will run with Team Melo on the Nike EYBL grassroots circuit. The Friars have made it clear to Locke that he is a priority recruit for them in the class of 2018 and this in-home visit right before the beginning of the first live period cements that.
Corey Evans of Rivals.com tweeted on Monday evening that Providence is expected to host 2017 East English Village (Detroit) guard Greg Elliott this upcoming weekend for an official visit. This news comes a week after an interview with Elliott at Landof10.com in which Elliott indicated Providence would be getting one of his three remaining official visits. Evans also reported that Elliott will visit Marquette the following weekend, which is the final weekend of the Big East regular season with all ten schools in action on that Saturday.
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Providence has been mentioned with some 2017 guard prospects over the last couple of weeks and now the Friars are reportedly hosting a 2017 big man for an official visit this week. Just after 7pm on Monday night, Russ Wood of Rivals.com reported that Daniel Mading will take an official visit to Providence from February 1st through February 3rd. Wood also reported that Mading plans to take an official visit to Texas Tech from February 11th through February 13th.
Rivals.com has released their final rankings for the Class of 2016 and Providence has two committed players that cracked their Top 150. Recent commit Alpha Diallo finished ranked 112th nationally, while Providence’s first pledge in the class, Maliek White, came in at 117th. Both are considered 4-star recruits by Rivals. The last time Providence had a class of commits that included at least two players ranked inside Rivals.com’s Top 150 was the 2014 class that included Ben Bentil, Paschal Chukwu and Jalen Lindsey, who were all ranked in Rivals’ Top 150.
Providence isn’t done yet in 2016 and are scheduled to host Canadian big man Kalif Young this weekend. Young visited Marquette last week and plans to make a decision following his visit to Friartown.
To see the full Rivals.com Top 150 for the Class of 2016, click here.
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