As if the 2013 class wasn’t already loaded enough for the Wildcats, another five star player has narrowed his list to three teams, and one of those teams is Kentucky.
2013 five star center Dakari Johnson cut his list to Kentucky, Syracuse and Georgetown. Sound familiar? Those were the same three teams that Nerlens Noel had on his final list. John Calipari has visited Johnson multiple times recently, and the prospect said he is close with the coach.
In an interview last month with SNY.tv, Makini Campbell, Johnson’s mother, talked about Kentucky’s attraction because the family lived in Lexington for several years while Johnson was in middle school.
“Actually, last Thanksgiving we spent time with his friends there, with his extended family,” she said. “So for him that is kind of like going back to something that ‘s very familiar and something that is likable.
It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that Noel will be a top ten draft pick as his play continues to improve as the season goes on. Willie Cauley-Stein will more than likely remain, but we’ve seen Kentucky players get drafted that we never thought would (Daniel Orton, Josh Harrellson).
Either way, Johnson would add to a class that already includes Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis. Not to mention the fact that Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle still have Kentucky in consideration.
Yesterday was a big day for Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops. He secured his first two commitments in JUCO tight end Steven Borden and JUCO defensive end Za’Darius Smith. Smith was the talk of the day (sorry Steven) as he is the top JUCO defensive end and was also considering Miami (Fl), Texas and Florida State. You read that correctly. Kentucky beat them out.
Smith was a four star rated recruit out of high school. He will be able to enroll in the spring and start practicing right away.
There may be more JUCO excitement coming from Stoops in the very near future. This program has an upward trajectory to it.