Marquez Letcher-Ellis, who just recently decided to transfer from Genesis Academy in Virginia to Montverde in Florida, didn't come into the summer as a highly recruited prospect. Fast forward until the past few weeks and he's started to become a priority for some high-major programs after having a strong summer playing with DC Premier.
"Lately, I've been talking to USC, Clemson, VCU, Rhode Island, and DePaul," Letcher-Ellis said. "That's really like my top four or five right now."
The three-star power forward has official visits set for USC on Sept. 27 and VCU on Oct. 10. Those are the only visits currently set.
USC gets the first crack at impressing Letcher-Ellis next month. Andy Enfield's staff is a big part of the reason for his interest in the Trojans.
"I like the coaching staff," Letcher-Ellis said. "I like the way they play. Since they are still rebuilding, there is a lot of playing time available."
Style of play is the draw for Letcher-Ellis with VCU. The Rams like to pressure teams full court and get out and run offensively, a style they like to call "Havoc".
"I love the way they play," he said. "They play up-tempo and run the floor. They play a lot of athletic guys. I'm really close with Coach Shaka (Smart) and Coach (Mike) Morrell."
A connection between Letcher-Ellis' trainer in his hometown of Houston and Earl Grant, an assistant coach at Clemson, has the Tigers in the mix.
Letcher-Ellis sees DePaul as a program on the rise and somewhere he could get playing time early in his college career.
"Their coaching staff knows the coaches from my AAU team really well and my coaches have helped me feel comfortable with them. They are a really good program. A lot of people don't think of them as a good program, but they are an upcoming program."
Since the recruiting process is so new for Letcher-Ellis, he's in no rush to make a decision.
"Recruiting just started heating up for me this summer, so I don't really have a timeline for a decision. I'm not sure when I'll decide. I'll just take my visits and go from there. I'm looking at the school's academics, the coaching staff, and the tradition. I'm not really focused on whether a school is a mid-major or high-major. I'm just focused on which school is the best fit."
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