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By far the biggest recruiting news today is 5-star WR Jermaine Eskridge’s big announcement, which he claims will be big for both him and the BBN. The Tampa, Florida native is considered the 2nd best wide receiver in the 2018 class, and while it’s a long, long time until Signing Day 2018, just getting his commitment will be a huge momentum boost for the program.
Why is Eskridge apparently willing to take a chance on the BBN? Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow, and the entire football staff I’m sure have a lot to do with it, but he also likes the scenery around campus:
I'm in love with Kentucky snowbunniesðŸ˜©ðŸ˜
— Jermaine Eskridge (@Iam_Jermaine4) July 30, 2015
This is that moment you remember he’s a sophomore in high school.
UPDATE: We’re hearing it may happen sooner than tomorrow morning, so sit tight and get those dice ready…
Also announcing tomorrow: 3-star ILB Erroll Thompson. He’s down to Mississippi State, Alabama, Michigan, Kentucky, and Louisville, and although the Bulldogs are considered the favorite, it’s still nice to see the Cats in that type of company. We’ll find out for sure tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Also on Yahtzee Watch this weekend: 2017 4-star RB Mohamed Ibrahim from Olney, Maryland, the 18th best running back in the his class. He’ll be on campus for an official visit starting tomorrow. Double Yahtzee to start the weekend off right?
Meanwhile, Jeff Borzello polled 50 college coaches on their top players in the 2016 class, and the results are not surprising. Harry Giles ran away with the ballot, with 115 points, including 29 of 50 first-place votes. The next closest? Jayson Tatum with 50 points and 5 first-place votes. Here’s what one coach had to say about Giles:
“Harry Giles embraces the idea of being the nation’s top player, and plays with the passion of a guy who’s got a point to prove.”
It’s comforting to hear Giles will play his senior season outside of North Carolina at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, but it’ll take more than that for UK to pry him from Coach K’s claws. A good showing from the BBN at the Marshall County Hoop Fest in December for Oak Hill’s games couldn’t hurt.
Other UK targets in the top ten: 3. Josh Jackson; 5. Malik Monk; 6. De’Aaron Fox; 7. Dennis Smith, Jr.; 8. Miles Bridges; T9. Markelle Fultz.
Yesterday, Calipari called the 2016 recruiting class one of the best he’s ever seen. Jerry Meyer agreed, calling the 2016 “unbelievable,” comparing it to the 2004 class (Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay, etc.) and the 2007 class (Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, James Harden, etc.):
“I’ve never had this experience in ranking guys,” Meyer said. “I would see a prospect in the 2016 class for the first time and I would think to myself, ‘That’s a top-75 player.’ Then I would look to slot him in the rankings and he would end up at No. 130. It’s almost like there are twice as many good players in this class as in others.”
If UK can land even a few of the top guys, the talent boost will be incredible.
Markelle Fultz has a new mixtape. I think you’ll like it: