Rivals.com today announced that Northwestern had landed its first 2010 basketball recruit. 4-star guard Jershon Cobb of Atlanta, GA visited Northwestern last week and committed today. Cobb is ranked 90th in the Rivals150 for the class of 2010 and his 4-star status makes him one of the highest rated recruits to enter NU in a long time. If he has a good senior year it will be interesting to see just how highly ranked he ends up. If he really explodes it might be an all-time high for NU.
This commitment is also big for NU because the class of 2011 has four players from the Atlanta area who are looking at NU. Given Cobb’s potential positive relationship to those young men, his decision to verbal to Northwestern has to put the Wildcats in serious position to land at least a couple of his fellow Atlanta area athletes.
As was the case in recruiting many of NU’s current players, including incoming highly regarded freshman Drew Crawford, great credit has to go to the hard work of assistant coach Tavaras Hardy. Hardy seems willing to work as hard as any assistant coach around in order to land prospects not just from Illinois, but around the nation.
Most preseason predictions expect NU to make the postseason this year, some even say this season will mark NU’s first NCAA tournament appearance. Only time will tell if that is the case, but I think we can safely say that with Cobb’s commitment NU has its first big win of the 2009-10 season.