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Ebuka, Spoon bring thrill
to recruiting

Colleges are offering scholarships to football prospects earlier and earlier every year, which sucks some of the life out of the fans' enjoyment of the recruiting process.

Since many high school seniors commit before their senior season even starts (and teams nearly reach their allotment very early), much of the drama of February's National Signing Day is gone. By the week or weeks leading up to that day, a great deal of college football programs have their signing classes set, taking away the drama of last-minute decisions.

Basketball signings don't typically have that type of drama, but the college recruiting process gets interesting in the case of standouts like Berkmar's Wesley Witherspoon and North Gwinnett's Ebuka Anyaorah. Those two have brought a little bit of excitement to the process, and a good deal of interest from folks in Gwinnett's basketball community.

Witherspoon, a 6-foot-8 wing, is considered one of the nation's top unsigned prospects. He could have signed early, but kept his list wide open as colleges continued their hot pursuit.

"I have to keep y'all guessing," Witherspoon said late in the basketball season.

He took his two official visits over the past week, touring Virginia and Texas. He has two officials left and will choose two of these three schools to visit - Memphis, Florida and Clemson. He has repeatedly said that he doesn't have a favorite school, which has created a pretty intriguing process for fans of schools who have offered the Berkmar star.

Anyaorah didn't sign early, either, a decision that will soon pay huge dividends. The 6-4 phenom wasn't the highly coveted recruit he is now before the season, but after averaging 25 points as a senior he became one of the nation's most coveted unsigned recruits like Witherspoon.

The North guard took official visits to Colorado, Tennessee Tech and Fairfield early, but since then a slew of high-level colleges have extended offers. Both Georgia and Georgia Tech have offered, and he has made unofficial trips to both in-state schools.

Michigan, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Auburn and Colorado State are among his other favorites to offer. He is expected to visit Texas A&M and possibly Michigan.

Basketball's late signing period doesn't come until April 16, so between now and then Witherspoon and Anyaorah can give us something that football signing day is losing - excitement.

Will Hammock can be reached via e-mail at will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Thursdays.