With John Calipari as the head coach of Kentucky the recruiting situation has become a lot more interesting. While at Memphis Calipari had secured commitments from two of the top three recruits in the nation and had the top recruit in the nation leaning towards Memphis, but now everything is up in the air.
Xavier Henry was committed to Memphis, but yesterday withdrew his commitment and will now decide between Kansas and Kentucky. Henry has not yet visited UK, but is expected to make a visit before he makes his decision.
Demarcus Cousins was also a Memphis commit, but has also since withdrawn that commitment. Last night during the McDonald’s All American game the announcer said that UK is now number one on the list. I would expect to hear something from Cousins in the next week or so.
John Wall is the number one recruit in and was previously recruited by Kentucky, but had crossed UK off his list. Word had it that he was down to Memphis and Duke, but with Calipari leaving it is likely that Memphis is replaced on that list with Kentucky. Wall would be the most important piece of the 2009 class as UK desperately needs someone who can run the point.
Since Calipari has came to Kentucky three recruits previously committed to Kentucky have since reopened their recruitment.
G.J. Vilarino, Konner Tucker, and KC Ross Miller have all opened up their recruitment. This opens up two scholarships for this year which might allow Kentucky to pick up a couple of the guys mentioned above.
Matt Jones at KSR said that Calipari met with Daniel Orton and his family today and things went well. He says that he would expect an announcement on where he stands before the Derby Classic in Louisville next week.
That is going to be it for me today as it is my birthday and I am about to go out and celebrate. Have a great day and I will talk to you later