That’s basically the question that was posed to Jerry Meyer in his weekly mailbag this week. Here’s what one of the best in the business had to say about a comparison between this year’s ridiculous recruiting haul and last:
With the recent recruitment of Terrence Jones, how do you compare the 2009 Kentucky No. 1 recruiting class to the 2010 No. 1 recruiting class?
– Allen from Jacksonville
It is pretty amazing how closely the two classes resemble each other. Both classes have four five-star prospects and two four-star prospects. Both classes are well-balanced, with all the positions covered.
By the ranking numbers, the two classes are pretty much a wash. The difference between the two, however, is the star power at the top of the 2009 class. John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked prospects in the Rivals150, and both were named All-Americans as freshmen.
Kentucky’s top two recruits in the 2010 class – Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight – are ranked No. 3 and No. 6 in the Rivals150. They will be major impact players, but it is difficult to envision them having the impact that Wall and Cousins had.
For this reason, I’d give the nod to the 2009 class as the better recruiting class.
As much as I’d like to say that the class coming to Lexington in the fall is the equal of the 2009 version, Meyer is pretty much dead on with his assessment. The 2010 group lacks the pizzazz of Coach Cal’s first recruiting effort at Kentucky, but is equally deep and equally well-rounded. Based solely on pre-college hype and perceived talent, though, last year’s class is still the best. Either way, it’s a good problem to have when you must decide which of the consecutive #1 classes that your coach has landed is better. And it’s an even better problem to have when the one he’s working on for next season might blow them both out of the water.
And while we’re on the subject of #1 recruiting classes, why don’t you head on over to A Sea of Blue and see what they have to say about what it takes to pull a top recruiting class. It’s a good read for a Sunday evening and, honestly, we both know you don’t have anything better to do.