Every year there are a handful of players that keep the recruiting world sitting on the edge of their chairs during the early signing period. This year's prospect is Chris Colvin of Chicago's powerful Whitney Young High School.
The top 100 point guard is one of the few talented players at his position that have yet to commit to a college.
Colvin said Providence, Iowa State, Southern Cal and Marquette are on his short list going into November. He has visited all three minus Southern Cal officially. Colvin said he is scheduled to visit the Pac-10 school on Nov. 7.
Even with a handful of high-major schools in pursuit, Colvin said he still isn't sure on what direction he goes during the signing week.
"I was supposed to sign on my birthday (on Nov. 19) but I don't know if that is going to happen now or not," Colvin said. "We might end up signing late now. We've been hearing through the grapevine about other schools looking at me. We will need to decide if I'll sign on my birthday or if I'll sign late."
Colvin has enjoyed his official visits to Providence, Iowa State and Marquette. He liked the attention that the Friars get in Rhode Island.
"It was real nice because there is no pro team or no football team out there. The basketball team gets all of the pub. That's pretty nice," Colvin said.
Iowa State has a number of things that Colvin likes, he said.
"My family lives about two hours away from Iowa State so that would be nice to have some family close to home out there. The coaching staff is pretty good with me. My dad and uncle have a good relationship with [assistant coach Daniyal Robinson]. They've known each other for a long time," Colvin said. "It's the same thing at Iowa State like it is at Providence. There isn't a pro team there. Iowa State does have a football team, of course, but the basketball team gets all of the pub."
Colving visited Marquette last weekend for the Big East school's season tip-off festivities and liked the direction new head coach Buzz Williams has the program going.
"They go hard and they are a pretty good team. I like their new coaching staff. I kind of like it there also. We'll have to see what the new coaching staff does this year to get an idea of what they are going to do at Marquette," Colvin said. "What I saw in practice was pretty good. I was impressed by them."
Colvin said his father, Ike, and his AAU coach, Nick Irvin, are talking to other schools and gauging interest from other schools. Colvin said he was unsure which schools were showing interest late in the game.
What he does know, Colvin says, is that if he decides to wait, there will certainly be more schools in tow as they scour the country for players that can lead a team.
"If I wait and if I do good, I can have a chance to go even higher than the schools recruiting me right now," Colvin said. "I just heard about Abdul Gaddy and how he de-committed from Arizona. I mean, that would be a good choice for me also. That's just one example. It all depends on what schools would be interested in me as the season goes on. I might just sit back and wait and play the season out to see what I can get. Or I might just end up signing early on my birthday after all."
Colvin will take his recruitment down to the final hour of the early signing period. He said he will know late in the signing week on whether or not he will indeed sign with a school or not. Clearly, Colvin will be one of the most watched decisions in a couple weeks.