After accepting the job at Fairmont in May, Lacy Romine suddenly began taking a lot of calls from college coaches. Most offered congratulations on the new gig, but all wanted to talk about her twin towers, Makayla Waterman and Kathryn Westbeld.
“It happened pretty quickly once it became public that I got the job. The phone calls started coming. But I’m enjoying talking to coaches,” Romine said.
Following a frantic July of travel basketball, the 6-foot-2 rising seniors will return home and take another look at their options. While they could add new schools to their lists, Romine said a few stand out at the moment.
“Obviously Ohio State is a big one. Notre Dame and Purdue are pretty big too. I’d say those three are the biggest,” Romine said. “Duke and UConn are two others they may visit in the fall.”
It’s not set in stone, but it’s been appearing increasingly likely the two will attend college together.
“They’re inseparable,” Romine said of the Westbeld and Waterman, each of whom ESPN ranks among the top 40 players in the Class of 2014.
New contender for Edwards
It appeared Vincent Edwards’ recruitment was down to a trio of schools, but a new contender recently threw its hat into the ring.
“Vanderbilt offered me last week,” said Edwards, a 6-foot-6 rising senior at Middletown. “I think I might take an unofficial visit there in August.”
Three schools – Purdue, Michigan and Dayton – have most consistently courted Edwards throughout his recruitment. Miami (Fla.) was involved earlier this summer but has faded out of the picture. Edwards still plans to take official visits this fall and make a commitment before the season.
Michigan coach John Beilein called him this week.
“Coach Beilein said he likes that I’m a good kid and he can tell that I’m from a respectful family. If you’re not a good kid and serious about academics, they don’t recruit you at Michigan,” Edwards said.
GWOC rivals picking up interest
A couple of AAU teammates and GWOC rivals — Fairborn’s Jordan Michael and Centerville’s Eric Meininger, who play together on one of Dayton Metro’s U-17 teams — are picking up Division II and D-III interest. Michael, a 6-foot guard, has been hearing from Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), DePauw (Ind.), Albion (Mich.) and others.
“He’s been opening a lot of eyes. He’s had a great summer,” Dayton Metro coach Matt Meininger said of Michael, the second-leading returning scorer in the GWOC behind Trotwood-Maidson’s Dezhontae Bennett.
Eric Meininger, Matt’s son, has serious interest from Ohio Dominican and Ohio Northern. Both players also heard from Army earlier this summer.
Green gets first D-I offer
Dunbar guard William Green recently snagged his first D-I offer, from Bowling Green. DePaul and Winthrop are also showing interest … Carroll’s Xander Smart is in frequent contact with NAIA school Shawnee State … Tippecanoe rising junior Halee Printz has an offer from Toledo and interest from Dayton, Central Michigan and others. Teammate Carly Clodfelter, a rising sophomore, has early interest from Wright State and Northern Kentucky … Ohio State commit D’Angelo Russell, a Louisville native attending Montverde Academy (Fla.) led his AAU team to the championship at the prestigious Nike Peach Jam tournament earlier this month … Thad Matta continues to pursue Chicagoan Jahlil Okafor, whom some have called the best high school center in years.