A top national prospect is emerging at Clarksville (Tenn.) Northeast High School. 2012 forward Alex Poythress now has his first of what will be many high major offers.
Poythress, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound small forward, has his first high major offer from Vanderbilt.
"When Coach Stallings came up here Friday, he said we want him and we want to get on him before everyone else does," said Northeast head coach Al Cooper. "I think it is sort of like the John Jenkins situation. One reason Vanderbilt was able to get John was because they were the first to go after him. By this time next year, I expect Alex's recruitment to be absolutely crazy."
Coach Cooper mentioned Alabama and Notre Dame as a couple schools that have been corresponding with Poythress, and Georgia is scheduled to watch Poythress play before the season ends.
Poythress is averaging around 13 points per game for a very deep and talented 18-2 Northeast team, but Cooper says that average doesn't do Poythress justice.
"The next two years the offense will run through Alex," said Cooper. "That is when I expect him to put up monster numbers. We just have so much talent on this year's team.
"Alex is a versatile player who can play with his back to the basket and face up.He is extremely talented and has a lot of tools. Sometimes he wants to play more like a shooting guard, but this year the team needs him to play more around the rim.
"I don't say this lightly, but Alex has a chance to be the best player to come out of Clarksville since (Shawn) Marion and (Trenton) Hassell."
Poythress will once again run with the Nashville Celtics on the travel circuit.