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Myles Stute Picks Vanderbilt Over Marquette

I’m not sure how close the Golden Eagles were after he cut his list to seven schools.

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Well, I thought that Saturday’s update on Coleman Hawkins scheduling an official visit to Marquette would have held as the most up to date recruiting information for a while.

It did not.

On Sunday, Myles Stute, a top 200 prospect out of the Washington, D.C., area, committed to Vanderbilt. He had included the Golden Eagles in a final seven list back in late July after getting a scholarship offer from head coach Steve Wojciechowski just a week earlier. Stute had also included Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Clemson, Texas A&M, and Florida in his trimmed down list.

It’s unclear how close Marquette ever was with Stute, as I had not seen word that Stute was scheduled to make a visit to Milwaukee. In addition to that, given the timelines of everything involved, it seems unlikely that the Golden Eagles were ever truly in the forefront of Stute’s options.

I will say this for him: He’s been bounding up the recruiting rankings. When he trimmed his list, he was at #224 in the 247 Composite system. Today, as a future Commodore, the 6’6”, 220 pound small forward is ranked #163 in the country. That’s with 247’s own internal system holding him back, as they have him at #225.

In addition to the aforementioned Hawkins, Marquette has two other 2020 recruits scheduled for the month of September. AJ Hoggard, the #69 player in the country, is set to come to town on September 17th. RJ Davis, the #55 player in the country, will follow behind Hawkins starting on September 27th.

In addition to Hoggard and Davis, Marquette is waiting to hear about a decision from Dudley Blackwell and Osasere Ighodaro. Ighodaro (#72) included the Golden Eagles in a trimmed down list in July, while Blackwell (#147) spent one of his five senior year official visits on MU in that same month. There is a little bit of a buzz in the atmosphere that an announcement could be coming from Ighodaro sooner rather than later, but that hasn’t turned into anything official as far as timing goes.

Marquette does have a few other irons in the 2020 fire, most notably Dawson Garcia and Jalen Suggs, but they haven’t trimmed their list officially or set any visits. Garcia, ranked #29 in the country by 247 Sports, recently said on Twitter that he was going to be cutting things down soon, but as of right now, there’s nothing official on that.

Marquette is kind of running out of time and prospects for the Class of 2020. If we presume that Tommy Gardiner is only on scholarship for the 2019-20 season, then even with Justin Lewis committed, MU still projects to have five open scholarship spots for the 2020-21 season. That is a lot of space, but we’re also starting to approach the time of year when head coach Steve Wojciechowski tends to start bringing in commitments. I guess we’ll see what the next two months hold in store.

Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like right now.