With Stanford grad-transfer Reid Travis visiting UK on Tuesday I’ve been asked if it’s a good thing he’s visiting Kentucky first. It’s a fair question. Do you want the first shot or do you want the last impression?
It depends on the recruit and it depends on the recruitment, but there’s a simple answer for Reid Travis- Kentucky has a major advantage hosting Reid Travis first.
In some recruitments when a high school senior is taking his official visits there’s a scenario where being last could be the best position. The majority of UK recruits take multiple official visits and most will take four or all five. In that case being first isn’t as important if matters at all. Sometimes it may show where a recruit is most anxious to see first, but most likely events determine the fall visits (midnight madness or big time football games are two biggies).
If a recruit doesn’t have multiple visits planned it’s always great to be the first school visited, especially if that school is the perceived leader. UK is currently the leader for Travis and it appears the only thing that will change that is a mediocre visit to Kentucky and an amazing visit to Villanova.
But in UK’s situation you want to host Travis first because if things go well it may be his only visit. There’s always a chance Travis will commit on the spot in Lexington or shortly after arriving at home. That’s the biggest advantage UK has hosting Travis next week. There’s no guarantee the Villanova visit will take place.
It’s also worth mentioning that Villanova will host 2018 uncommitted forward Saddiq Bey. Bey and Travis don’t play the same position, but Villanova is looking at other options that could help them on the glass and attacking the rim.
It’s double worth mentioning that Travis hasn’t even scheduled a visit to Villanova just yet. Unless something changes over the weekend Travis will head into his Kentucky visit without any set plans to visit Philadelphia.
I’d be shocked if Travis isn’t a Cat, ya’ll.