The first day of the contact period tends to be busy, but not every program employs the same strategy. While one would think the head coach would visit his No. 1 target all the time, that's not always the case, as multiple factors go into the planning of a coach's schedule.
For instance, not every prospect is working out Sept. 9 or inviting coaches into his home for visits. Some prospects are on official visits themselves or packing up for prep school in another state, such as T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C./Brewster). Plus, many coaches do not like to do in-home visits on the same day as other schools, so you'll see kids staggering their in-home visits. Some top players will set fixed workout dates when coaches can come see them.
Other players, such as Gary Harris (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton SE), Willie Cauley (Spearville, Kan./Olathe NW) and Shaq Goodwin (Decatur, Ga./SW Dekalb), are playing football, and basketball staffs often go to watch them on the gridiron.
Head coaches typically like to be out seeing their key targets as soon as possible, but they don't necessarily do it on the first day. Programs that host official visits this weekend will keep the coach close to campus, but within 10 days, a head coach who is on the ball will have seen his top-tier targets.
Programs that don't have a lot of scholarships to give out or have a high number of senior commitments often use the first day of the period to make impressions on juniors. If a coach visits a major metropolitan area, there's a good chance he will opt to make numerous stops during the first day. Coaches from schools in these areas have inherent advantages because they can be in front of a lot of talented prospects in one 24-hour period.
The following list is where 48 Division I head coaches will be Sept. 9. It's likely two assistants also will be canvassing other areas or accompanying the head coach. Where the head coach is on the first day of the period does not always mean the player is the program's top target. It merely means the schedule worked out this way on opening day.
Arizona State Sun Devils
Herb Sendek is flying to see junior forward Stephen Domingo in San Francisco before returning in time for the Sun Devils' home football game against Missouri on Friday night.
California Golden Bears
Jim Calhoun will fly to Canada to see PF Anthony Bennett and his family.
Alan Major will be taking an in-home visit with local commitment Shawn Lester.
Brad Brownell will drive in the morning to see in-state PF Brice Johnson workout.
DePaul Blue Demons
Duke Blue Devils
Mike Krzyzewski will be hosting an official visit with PF Mitch McGary.
Billy Donovan will be flying to see C Willie Cauley in Kansas.
George Washington Colonials
Mike Lonergan will be driving over to Montrose Christian for PF Michael Carrera.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Mark Few will be checking in on in-state junior guard Zach Levine.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Fran McCaffery will be visiting with in-state recruit C Adam Woodbury.
Kansas State Wildcats
Frank Martin will be flying to see Malcolm Hill in Illinois and then back to Kansas for junior SF Semi Ojeleye.
John Calipari and his staff are in Argentina coaching the Dominican Republic's national team for the upcoming 2011 FIBA Americas tournament.
Trent Johnson will be hosting an official visit with SG Malik Morgan.
Marquette Golden Eagles
Josh Pastner will be staying in Memphis to see local prospects and conduct a 12:01 a.m. visit with PF Jarnell Stokes at his home.
John Beilein will be hosting an official visit with commit SF Glenn Robinson.
Michigan State Spartans
Tom Izzo will be driving to watch SG Gary Harris play football in Indiana and possibly taking a trip to Chicago to see junior SF Jabari Parker.
Andy Kennedy will be going to see commit Martavious Newby in Tennessee.
New Mexico Lobos
Steve Alford is in Las Vegas to see SF Winston Shepard.
North Carolina Tar Heels
NC State Wolfpack
Mark Gottfried will be having an early morning workout with SG Rodney Purvis in Raleigh and juniors SG Allerik Freeman and C Kennedy Meeks in Charlotte before flying to see PF Amile Jefferson in Philadelphia.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Thad Matta is staying on campus to host PF Tony Parker for an official visit.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Lon Kruger will be in Dallas, likely looking at SG Marcus Smart and various underclassmen.
Dana Altman is recruiting in Las Vegas.
Oregon State Beavers
Craig Robinson will be hosting an official visit with SF Langston Morris-Walker.
Matt Painter will be traveling to see SG Gary Harris in Indiana and C A.J. Hammons in Virginia.
Seton Hall Pirates
Kevin Willard will be driving over to see local recruit SF Kyle Anderson.
South Carolina Gamecocks
Johnny Dawkins and his staff are still in Spain for a preseason schedule of games against teams from the ACB, one of the top pro leagues in Europe.
Jim Boeheim will be conducting an in-home visit with SF Jerami Grant in Maryland.
Cuonzo Martin will be traveling to Memphis and Atlanta.
Texas A&M Aggies
Kevin Stallings will be hosting an official visit with SF Alex Poythress.
Tony Bennett will be staying local to see underclassmen and conduct player workouts.
Shaka Smart will be flying to Georgia to see C Justin Tuoyo.
Virginia Tech Hokies
Seth Greenberg will see numerous players including in-state SG Andrew White.
West Virginia Mountaineers
Bobby Huggins will be flying to Virginia to see SG Andrew White.
Chris Mack is seeing junior Malcolm Hill and going to Oak Hill Academy.
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