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Happy Thursday afternoon, everyone. We’re that much closer to the weekend! Let’s celebrate by going over the latest recruiting news, because there’s been A LOT of it this week.
There are three visits to keep an eye on this weekend
This weekend, three of UK’s top targets will visit the schools considered UK’s best competition in their recruitments: Harry Giles will visit Duke; Malik Monk will visit Arkansas; and Bam Adebayo will visit NC State. Duke has long been considered the favorite for Giles, but Calipari has tried his hardest to make up ground in the past few months (more on this in a minute). Kentucky is now the leader for Monk, but will a visit to his home state school turn up the pressure to stay home and play for the Razorbacks? Similarly, NC State is pulling out all the stops for Bam Adebayo, including bringing in his AAU teammate Dennis Smith Jr., who committed to the Wolfpack in September.
Calipari has made a lot of progress on all three of these guys, but will this weekend’s visits derail the Cats’ momentum?
Cal visited De’Aaron Fox today
Cal stooped by Cypress Lakes High in Katy, Texas today to check in on the nation’s number one point guard, who will announce his decision in the coming weeks. All signs continue to point to Kentucky.
Jarrett Allen pushed his visit back a week
The five-star power forward from Texas was scheduled to visit Kentucky this weekend, but had to reschedule for next weekend. Now, he’ll spend Halloween weekend at Houston, one of the in-state schools pursuing him the hardest. For some reason, I don’t feel like I know Allen as well as the other 2016 prospects, so let’s fix that with some highlights:
ICYMI, Harry Giles will announce his decision on November 14
Yesterday, Evan Daniels went on KSTV and said he believes Kentucky’s made up some ground with Giles, who will announce his decision at the Phenom National Showcase in North Carolina on November 14.
“I do think Kentucky made up some ground on their visit and you certainly can’t count them out,” Daniels said. “I think most have signed him off for Duke, but it’s too early to do that yet. I think Kentucky is certainly involved.”
Barring a disastrous trip to Durham, I still think Duke’s the safe pick here.
Speaking of Evan, this tweet is pretty awesome
Since I've covered recruiting there hasn't been a class w/ four top 10 players. Kentucky has a legitimate shot: Giles, Fox, Monk & Gabriel
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) October 29, 2015
Gabriel, of course, is already on board. Even if Kentucky misses out on Giles, landing both De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk (who have discussed playing together at the next level) would be HUGE.
Switching to football…
Mac Jones will be at the Tennessee game
UK’s 2017 QB commit will come up to Lexington for Saturday’s game after a huge game of his own Friday night. Jones will lead Bolles against Raines in the Florida Class 4A District 2 championship game.
— Mac Jones (@macjones2017) October 28, 2015
If I had to guess, I’d say he’ll be joined by several of the 2016 commits. I don’t think Landon Young, Drake Jackson, or Kash Daniel have missed a game this season.
Speaking of 2017 commits…
Michael Warren ran for almost 200 yards last week
UK’s 2017 RB commit ran wild in Toledo Central Catholic’s win over Toledo St. John’s last Friday, rushing 28 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown out of the wildcat formation. Warren visited Michigan State earlier this year, but insists he’s fully committed to Kentucky.
“I love everything about Kentucky, and I love it when I’m there,” Warren told Scout.com’s Bill Greene. “It’s a great program, and they’re doing a good job this year, but they have to learn to finish games off.”
Yes, they do. Click here to check out Warren’s highlights from last week.