In a celebration at his school (Sherwood Sylvan Hills), 2012 shooting guard Archie Goodwin officially became a Kentucky Wildcat by signing his National Letter of Intent. Goodwin joins fellow signed future Cats Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley in Kentucky's recruiting class of 2012. The three-man class is currently rated 2nd best by ESPNU, and features a nice blend of inside-out talent.
Goodwin steps into a great situation when he becomes a Wildcat in the fall of 2012. It's a strong possibility that sophomore guard Doron Lamb will submit his name as an NBA Draft early entrant, while backup shooting guards Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson return. If Lamb does declare as expected, Goodwin would likely slot in as the starting shooting guard next year, and even if Lamb returns, playing time will be ample.
Kentucky will likely try to sign one more wing player in this year's class, and the only target right now is the number one recruit in the country, Shabazz Muhammad. Kentucky had also pursued Gary Harris, who opted instead for Michigan St. and signed in the Early Signing Period.
In other recruiting news, it appears that forwards Amile Jefferson and Jarnell Stokes both have decided not to sign early and will instead wait to commit and sign in the Late Signing Period. The speculation is that a late push by Kentucky for both recruits have them rethinking their decision. Depending on what happens with NBA attrition, Kentucky is targeting taking one to two more bigs in next year's class to go along with Poythress and Cauley.
There will be an updated 2012 Recruiting Big Board posted following the conclusion of the Early Signing Period.