When Ricky Ledo reneged on his verbal commitment to Providence College back in January, the Providence native did so with the full backing of his high school coach.
Now that all signs indicate that Ledo plans to unveil his college of choice Thursday afternoon in the Capital City â€“ sources tell Blackstone Valley Sports that Ledo will announce his intentions to become a Friar once again â€“ this same coach believes that the ensuing months Ledo spent on the open market only aided the highly-touted recruit in researching and ultimately rendering a decision.
â€śI think when he broke his commitment to Providence previously, I just think it was about taking the time to see everything through and to make sure heâ€™s gives it enough thought,â€ť said Ryan Hurd, Ledoâ€™s coach at Notre Dame Prep, located in Fitchburg, Mass. â€śNow weâ€™re several months removed from that and we have to trust that he has given it some thought in that time span.â€ť
Originally Ledo used his Twitter account as a means of denoting his desire to become a PC Friar, the message put forth last Christmas Day. He also used the same online social networking avenue to announce he was reopening his recruiting.
â€śAt that particular moment I thought he had made a rushed choice,â€ť Hurd said when reached Monday. â€śI donâ€™t think that what he did previously should reflect poorly on him.â€ť
In terms of moving forward post-verbal announcement, Hurd feels strongly that Ledo will honor his intentions. The earliest date Ledo can sign is this coming Nov. 9, the first day of the early signing period for members of the Class of 2012.
â€śYouâ€™re only as good as your word; itâ€™s that simple,â€ť Hurd stated. â€śThatâ€™s why itâ€™s so important that they donâ€™t worry about all these external factors in their life. Just make sure that youâ€™re doing the right thing.
â€śRicky knows right from wrong and he knows that this better be the right choice. I hope that heâ€™s put all the thought into it that he needs to put into it and I trust that he has,â€ť Hurd went on. â€śI donâ€™t have to go live there and they have to be perfectly comfortable wherever they go to school, which I tell to all of our kids. I want them to find someplace that they think they can be successful.â€ť
Asked how many inquiries he received from college coaches this summer regarding Ledo, Hurd responded, â€śPeople call and ask questions and I answer them as truthfully as I can as we do with all our kids. I think Ricky is a kid who has an opportunity to be successful and I hope he follows all the right paths. Heâ€™s certainly armed with the tools.â€ť
Hurd has sent dozens of prep stars to high profile colleges over the years, meaning the coach knows how to handle the hype machine that can follow notable hoopsters such as Ledo.
â€śIâ€™ve always had an issue with people taking this much of an interest in where a kid decides to go to school,â€ť Hurd remarked matter-of-factly. â€śWhen so many people are this consumed with a kid, youâ€™re going to end up with some guys getting things out of perspective.â€ť
Hurd mentioned he was able to touch base with a member of Ledoâ€™s immediate family on Monday. Right now the head coach is unsure if heâ€™ll be making the trek to Ladder 133 Bar & Grill, on 133 Douglas Ave, for Thursdayâ€™s 3 p.m. announcement. Heading into his senior year, Ledo is expected back on Notre Dameâ€™s campus next Monday with classes to begin the following day.
â€śI trust heâ€™s at peace with his decision,â€ť said Hurd about the 6-foot-6, 180-pound Ledo, widely regarded as one of the top shooting guard prospects in the entire country.