On Saturday, John Calipari visited Trae Young, his most coveted 2017 recruit, and judging by the rumblings out of Norman, Oklahoma, that trip may have sealed the deal to bring the five-star point guard to Lexington. In the past two days, the six most recent picks in Young’s Crystal Ball have been for Kentucky, including that of Jerry Meyer, 247 Sports’ top recruiting guru, who previously predicted Young would go to Oklahoma, the other favorite in Young’s recruitment. What changed? Young’s dad told Ben Roberts that Calipari smoothed over any concerns the family had during the visit on Saturday.
“It went really well,” Trae’s father, Ray Young, told the Herald-Leader. “Trae asked some tough questions. My wife and I had some tough questions. And they answered them, and that’s all you can ask for. When you’re really interested in a school like Trae’s really interested in Kentucky, you want to make sure you have all of your questions answered. So we feel really good about the situation and what’s going on within the recruitment between Trae and Kentucky.”
Young will take an official visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on October 14, and although he said he was considering taking an unofficial trip to Lexington before then to get to know the coaching staff better, his father said that may not be necessary after Saturday’s visit with Calipari and Kenny Payne. As I mentioned earlier, Trae may have even teased a commitment yesterday when he tweeted, “Success is the Only Option,” which, coincidentally, is the title of Calipari’s new book.
So, should we be on commitment watch? Possibly. Young’s father said his son still plans to announce in November or December, but “things could change.”
Point Guard | 6-1 | 170 lbs.
Norman, OK | Norman North
AAU: Mokan Elite
|ESPN||No. 15 | 2 PG||Top247||No. 22 | 3 PG|
|Rivals||No. 14 | 3 PG||Scout||No. 22 | 3 PG|