One of the premier 2018 in-state prospects began narrowing his recruiting focus on Tuesday night as Cibolo Steele small forward Gerald Liddell released his top seven, which includes Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns.
Along with the Longhorns, Liddell named Baylor, Arizona, California, Oregon, UCLA and SMU as the programs he’s still considering at this point.
A five-star prospect, Liddell holds 12 total offers to date. Kansas, Iowa State, Houston, Tennessee, USC, TCU, Oklahoma State and Florida State are among the programs that have offered the flashy wing but weren’t mentioned in Liddell’s top seven.
As a junior, Liddell stuffed the stat sheet for Steele, averaging 19.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. At 6’7, Liddell has ideal length on the wing.
Based on the handful of occasions Burnt Orange Nation has watched Liddell, he certainly displays the elite potential that has him ranked as a five-star recruit. He seems to still be learning how effective and dominant he can be and and is likely miles away from the player he’ll become, possibly even as soon as his final high school season. As expected considering his 180-pound frame, aggressive defensive has proved problematic at times, but Liddell has shown flashes of blossoming into a high-level slasher and bulk scorer with an impressive array of offensive moves.
As expected considering his untapped upside, Smart and his staff has remained in consistent contact with Liddell and will likely continue intensify their pursuit once the 2017 class is completed.
Liddell ranks as the nation’s No. 23 player, No. 5 small forward and the No. 2 player in Texas, according to 247Sports Composite.