Okay, so here is the latest ... things are changing fast, this whole thing is in flux and wheels are turning.
DeShields and her mother are here. They arrived just a little while ago.
Here's the scoop.
There is a young lady down in Powder Springs, Georgia, comes from a very well-to-do family, (her father is a big fan or Dawn Staley and a well-known coach in his own right, Omar Cooper. He runs the AOT program in Atlanta, the same one that produced DeShields), another point guard, named Te'a Cooper, who we're after big time. She is a future McD's AA in her own right, a 5* prospect and one of the top point guards in the country for next year's 2015 class - she could be #1 by the beginning of the season. She was an early commitment, a very early commitment, (like before her Fr year in HS), to UNC but she has since decommitted, this past December AFTER her visit here with A'ja. (More on that later.)
She and DeShields are very close friends, "like sisters." Omar, Te'a's Dad, is a major influence in DeShield's world right now and word is that they want to play together somewhere.
Both UT and we are recruiting Cooper, have been, and the word is that wherever DeShields decides to go, Cooper will follow and visa versa.
Ga Tech is out of it with Cooper so DeShields dropped Ga Tech from consideration and neither of them are fond of UGA after something rubbed Cooper the wrong way on a visit there last year. (Again, the whole homesickness thing was a smoke screen just to get away from UNC once Te'a decommitted from UNC in December. For both DeShields and Cooper the transfer was more about the loss of Hatchell to sickness, and a personality clash with the heir apparent who took over in Hatchell's absence.)
DeShield's mother is a UT grad, ran track there I think it was, but she is not pushing her daughter to UT and there appears to be a lot of love and respect for Staley from the Mom as well recently. A mutual athlete sort of thing. (Remember, DeShields never visited us so this is the first time they are all getting to know each other and evidently they really liked watching Staley catch the TD pass during the Spring Game broadcast.) So you've got DeSheild's Mom "Tisha," Cooper's Mom and Dad, and Staley all very friendly right now with Omar the key figure in all of this - the hub in the wheel so-to-speak although DeSheild's Dad, who was a major league player and is currently coaching AA ball somewhere, may fly in for the weekend IF he can get away for a few hours. He's friends with Omar.
The red carpet has been rolled-out for this weekend, everyone is optimistic over there, they've even got members from other departments involved.
This would be a major coup of epic proportions if we pull this off. Two more McD's AAs brought into the fold in one fell swoop of sorts.
ETA: I was just told that Jatari White, A'ja Wilson and Tea Cooper are all three pretty close as well. A'ja, Cooper and White are likely to visit (unofficial) with one another over the weekend along with DeShields, if they can get Cooper's Mom and Dad to make the drive. Here's the kicker. Cooper has already visited here once, the same weekend A'ja made her official visit ... or so I was told. She was low profile, but the coaches treated her just like they did A'ja and that impressed her.
Also, here is a video worth watching about the young Cooper lady if anyone thinks she might be a package deal only to get DeShields. LINK
Te'a Cooper ?@TeaCooper2 1h
South Carolina this weekend turn up gamecocks stand up lol
This post was edited on 5/16 at 10:34 am