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Florida tries to combat potential monster 2013 class at Kentucky

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.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

16 Comments for Florida tries to combat potential monster 2013 class at Kentucky



  1. schwing
    12:38 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    uh, karl towns is not going to florida.



  2. Duke Sucks
    12:55 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    No way Randle chooses Flordia. He will be a cat plain and simple. Young and Randle will be the last pieces of a monster class. Wiggins is a lock when ever he wants to come. Billy d brow down.



  3. Yab
    1:04 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like Julius appreciates a good football team too.



  4. Joe
    1:24 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    I would pick Florida over UK – if it was football. But it’s not, and Cal needs him. Come on Julius, UK is waiting.



  5. catlanta
    1:32 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Randle said the only way he commits to us is if the football team wins one sec game.



  6. MemphisCat
    1:32 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    I bet Randle and Towns talked about going to UK and the NBA hookups being a Cat.



  7. bosshogg24
    1:48 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    To all gator fans, it is ironic that all 3 players visiting Florida over the weekend Randle, Johnson & Towns are all
    more than likely going to Uk when it is all said and done!



  8. Chicago
    3:04 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    I’d be worried if Julius played football, but he doesn’t. If he wants to play basketball in an aquatic center than Gainesville it is.



  9. SexnNursinHomes
    3:27 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Randle was shock when found out that Billy D had the only basketball in Gainesville.



  10. Big J
    4:12 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Chris Walker would be at Kentucky if Cal offered. Feel special Julius & James.



  11. Rixter
    5:22 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    If you were a stud recruit who wanted to go to UK (where else would you want to go?), and you were allowed 3 recruiting visits, would you spend one of your trips visiting Tubby Smith up in BEAUTIFUL St. Paul Minnesota, or would you rather take a weekend trip to Gainesville, florida, and get to see some good football…before you commit to UK?



  12. UK Effect
    5:27 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    OT: I notice U of L moved up a spot this week after holding steady ay 19 after their last 3 shaky wins. Apparently they look better to the pollsters when they sit idle.



  13. gog8ors
    7:57 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Here is something that UK fans should know, Texas is quite possibly the choice for Randle over both Florida and UK. He is one and done no matter where he goes and why not go to Texas and get fed the ball on nearly every possession? Not sure that is where he ends up but don’t count out his home state just yet.



  14. MemphisCat
    10:47 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    Randle is not Kevin Durant, and I heard Kabonga was a one and done going to Texas, but Rick Barnes didn’t develop him to be a high lottery or 1st round pick. I think if your a one and done, why wouldn’t you go to a proven coach and system that will push you to become a better player and give you a chance to win a championship?



  15. theSkinny81
    10:59 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    13 – Texas?? lol, you think he’s going to TEXAS?!?

    i’ll admit i was 50/50 on the Twins, but I would be floored if Randle chose anywhere but UK – especially after he cut both Duke and UNC.



  16. jeff
    11:10 pm October 7, 2012 Permalink

    I ordered mines at this link. Brought tears to my eyes as I relived the journey of that season. Go to Amazon to order your copy. It was produced by UK legend Derek Anderson. Tyrese Gibson is also narrating the movie. After a magical season like last year it showed me that the legacy of Big Blue Nation lives on. Coach Cal has his hands on the recruitment process so we are looking forward to a repeat this year!! Go Big Blue!!
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