Kentucky took a big swing at securing the top ranked 2013 recruiting class on Thursday when the Harrison twins pledged their commitment to the Wildcats. A number of the biggest names in the class are still sitting on the table, a large contingent of which hold strong mutual interest from Kentucky. For over a year now, Kentucky fans and the national media have pinpointed the 2013 recruiting haul anticipated for John Calipari as perhaps one of the greatest of all time, if the cards all fall how people expect. Kentucky looks to be sitting well with some of the most talented players still available, such as top-ranked Julius Randle, James Young and Aaron Gordon, just to name a few. Throw in the possibility of Andrew Wiggins re-classifying to the 2013 class, and Kentucky is poised for a tremendous class.
Down the road in football country, Billy Donovan and his widow’s peak aren’t quite ready to just hand over the top spot without putting up a fight. Florida hosted a star-studded group of players this weekend when Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson (2014) and 2015 stud Karl Towns made up a trio in Gainesville worthy of creating a buzz. The three visitors were taken to the Swamp for an exciting Florida/LSU football game. The football team was even able to put on a show for the young men, wrapping up the upset bid over the Tigers.
Donovan already has a solid crop of players slated for the 2013 class with Kasey Hill and Chris Walker on board. Florida currently sits in the #2 spot in the 2013 rankings, just behind Kentucky. Florida and Kentucky are considered to be two of the most likely landing spots for top recruit Julius Randle. Randle was coached by Billy Donovan during the U-18 FIBA Americas Championship this summer. His selection might have a lot to do with the final standings for both Kentucky and Florida.
Without knowing how the 2013 recruiting shuffle will play out, this much is certain: the Kentucky/Florida rivalry is alive and well. The match-ups over the next few years between these two teams will create a nice buzz around the top of the SEC.
When it comes down to it though, hopefully Julius Randle will be more impressed by the NBA talent he was exposed to while visiting Kentucky, as opposed to the NFL talent he was exposed to while visiting Florida.