When Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns offered four-star Cleveland Holy name combo guard Dwayne Cohill on Wednesday night, it didn’t mark the beginning of a relationship.
Now amid his final season on the AAU circuit, the Ohio native has been in contact with Smart and his staff for nearly a year now, and though the offer has just now been extended, Cohill raved about the relationship he’s established with the staff since last July.
“I love the school, the program and coaching staff there,” Cohill told Burnt Orange Nation. “I’m very close with coach Smart and the rest of the staff. They're all great coaches and better people.”
A four-star prospect, Cohill has no shortage of college options to choose from.
Wth Texas now officially in the mix, Cohill holds 17 total offers with programs including Ohio State, Northwestern, Penn State, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Xavier and Butler in the mix.
While the Longhorns obviously can’t offer the appeal of playing close to home as Ohio State and Xavier can, Cohill said distance doesn’t matter.
“I’m looking for the best place that fits me and will help me reach my goals,” Cohill said. “So location doesn't matter.”
Smart’s track record of recruiting and establish relationships with out-of-state prospects speaks for itself. Since arriving in Austin in April 2015, Smart brought Tevin Mack with him from VCU, landed James Banks out of Indiana, and kept Michigan product Eric Davis Jr. on board. During the 2017 cycle, Smart’s headliners — Matt Coleman and Jericho Sims — are from Virginia and Minnesota, respectively.
That said, the fact that Smart has Cohill extremely interested in the ‘Horns shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
“It's been very high and still is very high.” Cohill said of his interest in Texas.
Cohill said he’ll consider taking an official visit to Texas, but doesn’t plan on setting any official visits up until after the AAU season.
Cohill ranks as the nation’s No. 56 player, No. 2 combo guard and the No. 2 player in Ohio, per 247Sports Composite.