One of Kentucky’s top recruiting targets just cut his list down to five, and the Wildcats were included.
Isaiah Todd, a five-star forward in the class of 2020, announced this afternoon that he was down to Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Michigan, and Memphis.
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— Isaiah Todd (@zaytodd) August 2, 2019
On Thursday evening, Todd also announced that he would be transferring from Trinity Academy out of Raleigh, NC to Word of God Christian Academy in the same city for his final year of high school.
For those keeping track at home, that is the same high school John Wall went to in North Carolina.
“I’ve been learning more about Word of God here lately,” Todd said in a USA Today blog post today. “I knew that John Wall went there, but I didn’t know that they had so many elite guys that went there too.”
Last night, Todd told Jason Jordan of USA Today that he decided to make the move because of his past relationship with newly-hired head coach Byron Williams, the former associate head coach at Shaw University.
“It’s the best decision for me,” Todd said. “I got to know Coach Williams a while back, and I really feel comfortable with him. I know he’ll elevate my game. I really appreciate everything about Trinity and all of the people there. This is just what I feel is best for me and my game.”
In his personal blog post this afternoon, Todd also broke the news himself that he is in the process of scheduling an official visit to Kentucky, among other updates in his recruitment.
“As for my recruitment, I recently got an offer from Michigan and that was exciting,” he said. “Coach Juwan (Howard) came to all my games and gave me the offer. I have a visit set up for this fall for Kansas, and I’m working on setting up a visit to Kentucky.”
At Peach Jam, Todd was extremely complimentary of the Wildcats, telling KSR that there are multiple different factors drawing him in to the program.
“The guys that come from Kentucky, the history of the school, the style of play, the coach himself, he’s really real,” Todd said. “That’s what everyone says about him and I really got to witness that just talking to him.”
In terms of John Calipari’s pitch, Todd said that the Kentucky head coach is letting him know that he can help make his professional dreams come true.
“Kentucky’s pitch to me is that all the guys they have coming in, they’re young, and the coach is just really real,” he told KSR. “He keeps preaching getting to the next level, getting to the next level, being in the NBA. If that’s your dream, he can make that happen.”
But according to Todd, it’s not just Calipari and the Kentucky coaching staff recruiting him hard to Lexington. There have been some other individuals helping UK’s efforts.
One in particular speaking on behalf of the Kentucky basketball program? Former Wildcat forward Keldon Johnson, who Todd says has been singing the school’s praises during their regular conversations together.
“Keldon Johnson, he’s from Virginia, and I lived in Virginia for a little while,” he said. “I know him through (my old AAU program) Team Loaded. That’s just the main one I talk to. He says Kentucky is a great program. He says that the biggest thing he learned there was about trusting the process and being a factor in helping the team win.”
Outside of Kentucky, one interesting note on his final list is the fact that Oklahoma State was not included. There had been some speculation that Todd, who has visited the school both officially and unofficially over the last year, was interested in teaming up with Cade Cunningham in Stillwater.
Now, that option is officially off the table.
On his Crystal Ball over at 247Sports, Kentucky holds the lead with 50% of all predictions, with the next-closest being North Carolina at 17%. Recruiting gurus Andrew Slater and Jerry Meyer each have picks in favor of the Wildcats.
While we wait for an official date for his upcoming visit to Lexington, check out his most recent highlights from Peach Jam:
Come on down.