Because of the timing of his hiring at Pitt, Jeff Capel hasn’t had the same opportunity as some of the established coaches to recruit players in the classes of 2018 and 2019.
That will change with the class of 2020.
A huge part of recruiting is developing relationships and Capel and his staff are getting a legitimate chance to do that with this group of juniors.
One player that Pitt has serious interest in is 2020 small forward Earl Timberlake from DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Timberlake is rated as a 4-star recruit and Rivals ranks him as the 34th overall junior and the 10th best small forward.
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Following their win on Friday over Duquesne, Pitt’s staff was in Maryland on Saturday to see Timberlake and his teammate 5-star junior center Hunter Dickinson (7’1”, 225), a top 20 recruit.
Last night, Pittsburgh Sports Now talked with Timberlake about his recruitment and his thoughts on Pitt.
”One thing that stands out to me about Pitt is the way their two freshman are standing out and their playing time,” said Timberlake. “I know both Xavier and Trey and the way they’re playing really stands out. I can see myself playing on that level and playing with them.”
Timberlake knows Johnson from playing AAU with him and McGowens from attending a summer basketball camp.
“Those two tell me that Coach Capel is a real good coach and he keeps it real with you and won’t steer you the wrong way.”
”When I talk to Coach he keeps it real. He talks about a lot more than basketball. He always wants to know about school and my family,” said Timberlake.
Timberlake tells me that someone from the Pitt staff is in communication with him everyday or every other day.
Some other schools that are in contact with him a lot are Oklahoma State, Providence, Seton Hall, South Carolina and Florida.
Timberlake made an unofficial visit to Pitt in September during the Pitt-Penn State football weekend and plans on returning again this season.