First-year Dayton head coach Anthony Grant landed his first verbal commitment in the Class of 2018 Monday, and it’s a big one for the program. Dwayne Cohill, a 6-foot-3, 4-star guard, announced via Twitter that he’s decided to attend college in his home state, picking Dayton over programs such as Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, Texas, West Virginia, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.
— Dwayne Cohill (@therealdwayne35) September 11, 2017
“I believe in what Coach Grant and his staff are building and can’t wait to be a part (sic) of it. It’s always a great day to be a Flyer,” Cohill wrote.
Cohill has the ability to play either on or off the basketball, and he’s a key addition for Dayton with regards to both his talent and the fact that he’s an in-state recruit. Hailing from Cleveland, Cohill attends Holy Name HS and played for the Ohio Basketball Club program on the adidas Uprising grassroots circuit.
Cohill was one of two highly regarded in-state prospects offered a scholarship by Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann shortly after his arrival in Columbus, but in the end he was one of many high-major head coaches who were unable to sway the 4-star combo guard. Cohill had also scheduled official visits to Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. But with his decision to commit now, those planned visits are likely off the table.
With Darrell Davis entering his senior season and John Crosby set to be a junior, landing a guard in the 2018 class was a necessity for Dayton. With Dwayne Cohill’s commitment, the Flyers accomplished that, with head coach Anthony Grant being able to make a statement with regards to his ability to recruit in-state talent as well.