[rl]Nobody said that the Providence job was going to be easy and turning things around would be tough. On the recruiting trail, Ed Cooley has got things headed in the right direction.
Monday night, as many were getting ready for a good night's sleep, Cooley made sure he'd get one thanks a to an important commitment from Jalen Lindsey.
A native of Nashville who will spend his senior season at Huntington (W.V.) Prep, the 6-foot-6 wing is the No. 48 player in the country and a four-star prospect.
Lindsey is a high flyer and very good spotup jump shooter who has been a major target for Cooley and his staff for a few years now. Lindsey has family from the area and had been on Providence's campus both officially and unofficially over the past year.
What also helps is that Lindsey decided to make the call now. He looked to be leaning towards Providence and could have forced the Friars staff to show up at every game of his for the next two live periods, but he decided to pull the trigger and take off the pressure. While the Friars will surely still watch him, it frees up more time to chase other targets like big men Abdul-Malik Abu and Pascal Chukwu.
The first Friars commitment for the class of 2014, Lindsey makes it three years in a row that Cooley has landed highly regarded players. In 2012 he landed five-stars Kris Dunn and Ricardo Ledo while the 2013 class featured high end four-star Brandon Austin from Philadelphia.