Michigan basketball recruit Jalen Warley will make his decision next Sunday but based on predictions rolling the Wolverines may not be it.
Warley told Brian Snow of 247 sports ($) that he would be announcing his school of choice on Aug. 9, one day after the football program will find out about Rocco Spindler.
While some might take this as good news for the Wolverines, considering that Rivals’ recruiting expert Corey Evans projected Warley to Michigan basketball just this week, with a Futurecast, it’s not, as Evans has flipped his pick to Florida State, which now has four Futurecast picks.
Yet, there hadn’t been any crystal ball selections until Friday when Brooks Hansen, a recruiting insider for Memphis put in a prediction of Warley to FSU with a confidence level of 8.
You might be wondering where did Florida State come from? Virginia was thought to be the biggest threat at one point and was thought to have gotten a Futurecast from Eric Bossi, but that was later said to be a mistake.
However, there was chatter that Florida State was making a move in the recruitment, so I don’t think this is as far out of left field as some might think. But if you read what he told Snow, it sounds Warley has made a choice.
“I think I found the place that believes in me and is ready to push me to the next level as a basketball player, as a person and is ready to do something very special,” Warley informed 247Sports. “This decision is about the excitement and belief I have in coaching staff.”
And it seems clear that the choice is Florida State. Obviously, people will point to Josh Christopher and say he made a different decision than his predictions, but that went on for a long time. Warley is deciding in a week and the trend starts the day after he announces a date.
That means he’s probably locked in on Florida State and Michigan basketball will have to reset its board with Jaden Akins, Carter Whitt and potentially, Frankie Collins.
Warley is the No. 23 prospect in the 247 sports composite rankings and while missing out on him isn’t the end of the world, he felt like the most likely five-star to commit to Michigan basketball and now that focus is clearly on Efton Reid.