With the fall contact period beginning last Sunday, Kentucky head coach John Calipari and his staff have been zigzagging cross-country to visit their key recruiting targets. On Sunday, the Wildcats coaches were in Texas to conduct in-home visits with three of UK's top 2013 targets: Julius Randle at Plano Prestonwood Christian in the greater Dallas area, and Andrew and Aaron Harrison at Fort Bend Travis in greater Houston.
On Monday, Calipari started the day in Minnesota, checking in on the top point guard in the 2014 class, Tyus Jones. Jones already has a Kentucky offer. The biggest news so far was Kentucky's second visit, to 2014 power forward Trey Lyles. On that visit to Indianapolis, John Calipari extended an offer--the sixth in the 2014 class--to the talented Lyles.
The coaching staff continues its trek during the remainder of this week. The Herald-Leader's Ben Roberts has been doing an excellent job tracking Cal's whereabouts.
Back to Lyles: the Indiana native had been committed to the Hoosiers since 8th grade, but decommitted and reopened his recruitment in August. Lyles has not dropped Indiana from his list; he simply stated that he "wanted the feeling of being recruited." However, Lyles expressed disappointment that Indiana head coach Tom Crean did not visit him on the first day of the fall contact period.
Other schools have jumped at the opportunity to recruit Lyles. According to Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star, Butler, Duke, Michigan State, Georgetown, and Stanford were all in attendance yesterday and offered Lyles. Lyles' head coach, Jason Delaney, says he expects Florida, Illinois, Louisville, Ohio State and Purdue to come by later this week.
Lyles is the sixth 2014 prospect to receive a Kentucky offer, joining Jones, Emmanuel Mudiay, Andrew Wiggins, Stanley Johnson, and Cliff Alexander. Lyles is the first power forward in the class to receive an offer.