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The recruiting maelstrom at Kentucky

Maelstrom - mael·strom   (māl'strəm)

  1. A violent or turbulent situation: caught in the maelstrom of war.
  2. A whirlpool of extraordinary size or violence.

Right now, Kentucky is in a maelstrom of recruiting.  Coach Billy Gillispie seems to be everywhere at once, leaving many in the Big Blue Nation scratching their heads as to what our team will ultimately look like next year.

One moment, a recruit is off the radar, then he's back on.  Suddenly, we are recruiting a talented foreigner.  Then, just as suddenly, another.   A coveted JUCO seems on the verge of committing, and another recruit is asked to "hang in there."  All this with exactly one scholarship left to give officially.

At this point, I have no idea what is going to happen, and neither does anyone else.  We have heard that Williams and Jasper are strongly considering transferring, but those decisions could be a while off yet.  What do we do in the meantime?  I don't know, but it is an amazing thing to watch.  I have never seen such a wild whirlwind of potential players coming into and out of Kentucky's orbit.  Everyone is clawing at the last-second quality recruits, and more seem to pop up out of nowhere every day or so.

We all expected a wild ride this spring.  Here it is.  My gut tells me that we are likely to sign Harrellson to the last official scholarship, and I think we have a decent shot at Kecman if Williams decides to move on.  I don't really want to contemplate Jasper's transfer at this moment, but Larry Vaught is.

Give me a moment, while I catch my breath.