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Five-star Trendon Watford nearing next stage in his recruitment

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Trendon Watford
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LADERA RANCH, Calif. – After navigating his way through a high-interest recruitment during his high school career, five-star Trendon Watford is approaching the next step of the process.

“It is going good. My top schools are still recruiting me so I am just enjoying it all right now,” he said. “Probably after Vegas, I will begin to schedule some visits. I am still open right now but whichever school is really recruiting me hard I will probably visit.”

While Watford is ready to take his official visits, he is not ready to make a college commitment and will likely sign in the spring.

Alabama, Indiana, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Memphis, Kansas, Mississippi State and TCU make up his top eight.

IN HIS OWN WORDS

Alabama: “They were really the first one that recruited me hard and overall, they are just a great school.”

Indiana: “It is a great school and I am familiar with them since my brother (Christian Watford) played there. I have built a good relationship with coach Archie (Miller) and the rest of their guys.”

Memphis: “Great relationship with coach Mike Miller and coach Penny (Hardaway) and I am enjoying building that with them further.”

LSU: “I took an unofficial visit down there and will probably take another unofficial visit there. It was great. The guys weren’t on campus yet but I sat down with the coaches and we talked basketball and how I would fit in there.

“I have a strong relationship with coach (Will) Wade and coach (Bill) Armstrong and we are just building that up.”

Kansas: “They are still recruiting me. Coach (Bill) Self, he was my coach at the USA Basketball camp so I have a very good relationship with them, too.”

RIVALS' REACTION

Watford is one of the most versatile prospects in America. A 6-foot-8 forward that can be used in a variety of capacities on the offensive end, he can make shots to the perimeter, act within a point-forward role as a facilitator and is also one of the top rebounders in his class.

Memphis has picked up some momentum in recent weeks, though Alabama has remained a factor for the past two years.