In the world of recruiting, there is no limits to getting the best players to come to your school. When you have the coach that has proven to mold them into #1 draft picks and NBA millionaires, it makes for a crazy day for Kentucky coach John Calipari. As kids, we asked “Where is Waldo?” Now, Cal is making us ask “Where is Cal-d0?”
On Saturday, a trio of 2013 recruits were on UK’s campus to take a visit. Dominic Woodson is regarded as one of the top three or four centers in the 2013 class. Woodson recently transferred to Huntington Prep (W.VA), former stomping grounds of our own Patrick Patterson. Recently, the 6’9” center has trimmed his list down to ten schools, including Kentucky. However, Kentucky has yet to offer him a scholarship.
2013 commitment Derek Willis was also on campus, checking out his future digs. Joining Willis and Woodson was 2015 Canadian recruit Montaque Gill-Caesar. Gill-Caesar also plays at Huntington Prep, and plays his AAU ball with #1 rated 2014 recruit Andrew Wiggins.
While still in the Ohio Valley, reports are that Calipari stopped by to check on Gill-Caesar and Woodson a day after their on-campus visit to Kentucky. However, the obvious prize in West Virginia is the services of that Andrew Wiggans fella’.
Cal reportedly spent his Sunday in the Lone Star state visiting some high priority recruits. Julius Randle was recently named the #1 player in the 2013 class by Rivals. Kentucky has always been near the top with Randle. The 6’8” power foward will host a slew of other top programs in the next couple of weeks. In between all of his in-home visits, Randle will come to Lexington on Sept.15th to watch the Alumni Game. These two visits with Cal, and one of them on campus should definitely keep Kentucky near the top. The rising star does not plan to announce his college decision until the spring signing period.
Also in Texas, Andrew and Aaron Harrison will meet with Coach Cal and discuss the possibilities of becoming ‘Cats. The buzz around the recruiting world is that the twins will soon sit down with the family and discuss the future. This would certainly indicate they are going to dwindle their college choices down to a few schools and then go from there. The Harrison’s are supposed to announce their college decision on Oct. 29th.
Cal may turn his attention towards the 2014 class as well. Emmanuel Mudiay is considered one of the top point guards in the class and already holds a scholarship offer from Kentucky. UK is reportedly the very early favorite. Justise Winslow is also a top-10 recruit in the class and has been contacted by the likes of Duke and North Carolina. An early visit from Cal can put Kentucky in the mix for his services.
Cal-ifornia? Yes, Calipari is looking to visit the Golden State and hopefully find some crown jewels to bring with him back to Lexington. Aaron Gordon would be the obvious recruit in the Calipari crosshairs. Gordon is listed as a top-5 recruit in the 2013 class and recently stated that UK is in his top 3. However, many feel that Kentucky is behind Washington and Arizona for his services. Recent reports say that Calipari will visit Gordon on Tuesday.
Another 2013 guy in the Golden State is already visiting for Big Blue Madness, but he may get an early visit from Coach Cal. Marcus Lee will host Calipari next weekend for an in-home visit. 2014′s Stanley Johnson also resides in Cali, and is only one of five juniors to hold a scholarship offer from UK. Johnson also holds offers from Missouri, and seemigly every Pac-12 school who could possibly have a shot to land him.
Cal may venture to Big-10 country and visit 2013 wing player James Young. The Michigan native spent all summer trying to prove himself worthy of a Kentucky scholarship. After a breakout summer on the AAU circuit, Young finally got his UK offer. If Kentucky lands Wiggins and the Harrison twins, the roster may not be able to accomodate a player like Young. However, any of those guys suiting up in the blue and white would be just fine with me. Young has made no indications of when he will announce his college decision.
Staying in Big-10 country, the Hoosier state could be rich with promise for the UK coach. 2013 recruit Demetrius Jackson could be a very nice back-up option for Cal if he happens to miss on the Harrison twins. The point guard prospect is setting up his own visit to Lexington in the near future. After a big summer, he stated that UK is now in his top-5. 2014′s JaQuan Lyle has already confirmed a Big Blue Madness visit, and he could fall into the next rotation of prized Calipari point-guards. Staying in 2014, Trevor Lyles is regarded as a top-10 recruit and has a brand new list of suitors after decommitting from Indiana. Is Tommy Crean still thinking about him this weekend?
Moving just one state over, there could be a Calipari siting in Tubby-land. The Gopher state holds a couple of 2014 recruits that could fit in nicely in the dribble drive motion offense. Other than that Wiggins fella’, Tyus Jones had the best summer of anyone else in the 2014 class. He’s also coveted and consdering fall visits to North Carolina and Duke. Rashad Vaughn is also considering UK, and is one of the top shooting guards in the 2014 class. At this point, Vaughn’s recruitment is considered to be wide open.
I’m tired from writing all of that information, I can’t imagine what it would be like to actually deal with all of that information first hand. Huge things are happening in the recruiting world, and John Calipari is not wasting a second on the action. When the recruiting dominoes fall, Calipari looks to land those pieces in the Bluegrass State. Go Big Blue!
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