The 2012 Kentucky recruiting class, while not quite finished, is already considered the #2 overall recruiting class nationally (right behind Arizona). There are still a couple holes to fill, however. Along with Anthony Bennett, another tall fellow named Amile Jefferson is one of the forward-type players Coach Cal would like to add to fill those holes. Matt reported in the semi-recent past that he was informed to ‘not be surprised’ if Jefferson chose to be a Cat next year.
But have things changed?
When Matt last stated his info on this kid, Jefferson had trimmed his list to five schools (UK, NC St, Villanova, OSU, Temple). Apparently there’s been a little bit of movement in this recruitment thanks to that mousy-looking shorty in Durham, NC. Coach K and Duke assistant Chris Collins watched Amile Jefferson play the other day and he may now be considering the Blue Devils. This is quite an interesting twist, even if UK may still hold a lead for the 6-7 forward’s services. Check out these quotes from Amile…
“They got in touch with me and my father,” Jefferson told NBE of Duke. “They had been looking [at me during my] . . . sophomore year . . . The school speaks for itself.”
“It means a lot,” Jefferson said of Krzyzewski watching. “He’s a great guy, he’s the best at what he does.”
“I’m still taking my time, [but I may want to] make one soon, so I need to sit down with my father,” Jefferson said.
Hmmm. Duke recognizes you as a talent at a young age, but then kind of forgets about you…and then, suddenly, their head coach shows up your doorstep late in the game. If I were Amile, I’d feel slightly disrespected by Coach K. Maybe I’m just misconstruing his quote (hey, isn’t that what sportsbloggers are here anyway?), but that’s how I interpreted it. Who knows where Jefferson will end up, but this has certainly made his recruitment a little more exciting.
Amile is currently a 4-star recruit on ESPN & Rivals and a 5-star on Scout. He has no timetable for his decision.