September 14, 2010

Chol checks out UA campus

With limited numbers at the power forward and center positions, Alabama is on the lookout for a strong big man to add to its 2011 class and their top target in the paint, San Diego (CA) Hoover power forward Angelo Chol was in Tuscaloosa over the weekend for a visit to the Capstone. The nation's No. 76 overall player has the Tide among his finalists and the visit was an opportunity for Alabama to make a big impression on the big man.

"Just from talking to him the visit went very well," said Chol's head coach at Hoover High School Ollie Goulston. "Coach Grant and his staff did an excellent job of showing him the campus, the inner workings of the program and talking to him about his future if he should decide to go to Alabama.  I think another unique thing about the weekend was that he was able to attend the football game, and I don't think he is going to see anything like that on the rest of his basketball official visits.  That obviously made a big impression on him."

Goulston said that the relationship Grant has developed with Chol has been the key to Alabama's continued strong standing with the four-star big man.

"Coach Grant is Angelo's personal recruiter so that makes a statement about how important he is to Alabama.  They spent a lot of time together this weekend, and they told him they need more size in the paint and that he would be a different fit.  Coach Grant wants big men who can run and not just guys who are flat-footed."

"Angelo is a 4 and not a center.  I know some sites have him listed as a center, but he will be a power forward in college.  He is versatile in that he can run the floor a bit and has some athleticism."

With in-home visits set to begin for Chol in the coming weeks, schools will be making their final push to convince Chol. Heading into those visits, Goulston believes the Crimson Tide are in the mix with some of the nation's best programs.

"Coach Grant is going to come out this Monday for an in-home visit.  Angelo has a number of coaches coming in over the next couple of weeks.  Kansas, Washington and North Carolina will be here.  He has two official visits left scheduled for Kansas and Washington then we will see what comes next.  Alabama made a great impression on Angelo and they are definitely in it.  Any school he goes to he will have to get on a plane, so Alabama is in it as much as anyone right now."

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