John Calipari may have struck out on some of his latest top targets, but he’s putting on the full-court press to ensure that doesn’t happen again to close out the class of 2018.
Coach Cal and Kenny Payne are both in Georgia to see five-star forward EJ Montgomery, the second-best remaining prospect on the recruiting board.
— Dan McDonald (@DMcDonaldRivals) February 7, 2018
Larry Thompson, Montgomery’s high school coach, posted the following picture this afternoon during Kentucky’s visit to practice.
Payne visited the 6-foot-10 power forward at Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga. last Wednesday, where an understanding of a scholarship offer was on the table.
He let him know he could commit to Kentucky at any time, but Payne wanted his team’s Hall of Fame head coach to break the news and extend the offer in person, something we are expected to hear about after their visit concludes tonight.
Montgomery committed to Auburn back in September of 2016, but following the school’s involvement in the latest FBI scandal, he decided to open his recruitment again.
Though the talented prospect recently cut his list to 11 schools, Rivals basketball recruiting analyst Clint Jackson believes the final decision will come down to three blue blood programs and two wildcards.
Believe the major players for EJ Montgomery will be Duke, UNC, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and maybe Kentucky.
— Clint Jackson (@clintjackson1) February 5, 2018
In an interview with Eric Bossi of Rivals.com, Wheeler High School head coach Larry Thompson talked about Kentucky’s increased interest, and just how interested his star forward is in suiting up in blue and white.
“They have been extremely aggressive,” Thompson said of Kentucky. “I got a text from them right before they played Tennessee. Coach [John] Calipari is supposed to come for practice today. Coach [Kenny] Payne wanted Coach Cal to make the offer official today. I think he’s definitely interested. I mean, it is Kentucky.”
Though he only has upcoming visits scheduled to North Carolina and Duke, it is widely expected Montgomery adds a visit to Kentucky on the itinerary in the very near future.
When he finally makes it on campus, all bets are off.
According to Rivals’ Eric Bossi, UNC and Duke have garnered the most attention as of late, but it’s important to look at Coach Cal’s track record on the recruiting trail.
“When John Calipari comes into the picture, it’s never a good idea to count him out,” he said.
Watch Montgomery work in his latest mixtape:
Bring him on home, Cal.