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According to Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com and Corey Evans of Rivals, five-star center Trayce Jackson-Davis plans to move his decision timeline. Originally planned to decide and potentially sign in the fall, Trayce is now looking towards the “late winter/early spring.”
While Indiana has been listed as a consistent favorite from the majority of sources following his recruitment, Trayce Jackson-Davis wants more time for himself and his family to decide what is best for them.
His finalists are Indiana, UCLA, and Michigan State. Trayce recently watched the Spartans battle the Jayhawks in a top 10 match up in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Indiana played Chicago State during the same time slot.
Archie Miller and the Indiana staff have prioritized Trayce as one of the most, if not the most, important recruit of 2019. They were there watching his first high school game, first practice, first AAU game, etc. Anything and everything that they could attend, Indiana was there first.
What does this mean?
Many may read into this as potentially bad news for Indiana. Truthfully, the longer the recruitment goes in this particular circumstance, the more opportunities Steve Alford and Tom Izzo have to recruit Trayce.
That being said, TJD and his family will be making one of the most important decisions in his lifetime and it is not a decision to be taken lightly.
He knows that each of the schools will gladly have an open scholarship for him, especially considering five-star Isaiah Stewart recently excluded Indiana from his top-five list – one of the remaining bigs on the board that may have posed as a competitor for minutes and role.
From multiple accounts, Indiana has done basically all the right things in this recruitment at all the right times. Recommendation: fans should focus in the current moment on Romeo Langford and Team 119, and let things play out on the recruiting front.
Romeo-mania was admittedly painfully elongated, but right now, there is not a single person that cares.
Archie and the staff have a plan, and they know what they are doing.