The switch to Ed Cooley sure is paying off for Providence on the recruiting trail.
Already in possession of a commitment from national top 10 point guard Kris Dunn, the Friars added another top 10 player on Monday when 6-foot-5 shooting guard Ricardo Ledo, the nation's eighth ranked player in the class of 2012, made his second verbal commitment to the school.
A native of Providence who is prepping at Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame, Ledo had initially committed to Providence last Christmas while Keno Davis was still coach before backing off just a few months later.
However, more recently rumors had swirled that Ledo was ready to commit again and he did so on Labor Day.
"Yes, its Providence," confirmed Ledo to Eric Hoffses of Rivals.com Monday afternoon.
An explosive wing scorer with great size, Ledo is obviously a tremendous pickup for Cooley in his first year. He's skilled at creating his own shot via the dribble, shoots with deep range and has NBA caliber athleticism for a two.
With Ledo and Dunn in the backcourt, Providence will roll out as talented a freshman duo as there will be in the country in 2012. Perhaps just as important, though, is that Cooley and his staff are proving rather quickly that they can compete with the Big East powers for top regional talent.