The Dayton Flyers earned a verbal commitment from a top-100 recruit in the class of 2018 on Monday.
Dwayne Cohill, a 6-foot-2 guard and four-star recruit from Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, Ohio, announced his commitment on Twitter. He's the highest-ranked recruit and first recruit from Ohio to commit to new Dayton coach Anthony Grant and his staff.
Cohill first visited UD for a team camp when he was a freshman and received interest from former Dayton coach Archie Miller early in his high school career
“He can play point guard and shooting guard,” Holy Name coach Jeff Huber told the Dayton Daily News. “Because of his versatility and the conversations I had with coach Grant and the conversations coach Grant had with him this weekend, I think he’s going to fit in great with the way Dayton wants to play. He’s great at getting to the basket. He’s an outstanding ball-handler, good passer and good shooter who I think will continue to improve as a shooter. He rebounds well for a guard. He’s a good on-the-ball defender. The think that what made me excited about him choosing Dayton is I think it’s the right fit for him. I think he’s going to have a chance to have an outstanding career there if he continues to work and continues to progress.”
Cohill ranks 92nd in the class of 2018, according to Rivals.com. He’s No. 96, according to 247Sports.com, and No. 5 in Ohio. ESPN also ranks him fifth in Ohio and 22nd overall in the nation at his position.
Cohill thanked all the schools that recruited him in his Twitter post, as well as his mother, sister and coaches.
“This has been a day that my family and I have dreamed of since I started playing the game I love,” Cohill wrote.
Cohill also wrote, “I believe in what coach Grant and his staff are building, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. It’s always a great day to be a Flyer!”
Cohill had scheduled visits to Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt in the coming weeks. Clemson, UNLV, West Virginia, Texas, Pittsburgh and Penn State also made his top 10.
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As a junior, Cohill averaged 22.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He shot 35 percent from 3-point range. Holy Name finished 23-4 and reached the Division II regional semifinals.
In August, Cohill told Scout.com of Dayton, "I talk to Coach (Anthony) Grant or an assistant at least five times a week. They tell me they need a lead guard who can come in and make an impact and how I could be the face of their program. It is just intriguing, and I feel like I could come in and make an impact right away."
According to NEOhioSpotlight.com, Cohill is "possesses an innate ability to finish in the open floor, using a variety of evasive stepthroughs to maneuver around defenders. When he is locked in, he has the length and lateral quickness to be a lockdown defender at the next level. He is a capable playmaker moving forward and has made a conscious effort to improve his decision making."