At midnight on June 15, college coaches were permitted to contact recruits in the class of 2024 for the first time.
Leading up to that day, recruits from all over the country hope to see their phones blow up with college coaches from all over hitting their line. For one of the top rising juniors in WPIAL hoops, that initial hope turned into a reality on Wednesday.
Royce Parham, a 6-foot-8 forward out of North Hills, already held numerous offers heading into June. Robert Morris was his first offer, Duquesne came second, and then Pitt offered on May 21, making the three Pittsburgh-area programs his first three offers. Then, he began to see schools from all over start to show interest indirectly, as coaches were still not allowed to reach out to him. In late May and early June, he added offers from George Mason, TCU, and Penn State.
Then came June 15, and even more schools, including several more high majors, were calling. Pitt checked back in with Parham, who has already visited the Petersen Events Center multiple times. Penn State and TCU, two of his other recent offers, also checked in. And then came the new schools. Who else reached out? Parham told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he heard from Texas, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Xavier, Rhode Island, and more on that day. He received an offer from Rutgers.
Although hearing from these programs does not mean he was offered by all of them, these contacts are still a big deal. Parham is being noticed on the national scale.