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Kentucky Wildcats Recruiting: Kobi Simmons says UK still in mix; calling him every day

With Kentucky in the mix for so many talented guards in the 2016 class, where do they stand with Kobi Simmons?

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As the summer recruiting period has gone on, it's began looking more and more like Kobi Simmons may end up not being part of the Kentucky Wildcats' 2016 class.

At one point, Simmons was viewed as the most likely player to become part of UK's class, but John Calipari has amped up the pressure on several higher-rated guards in recent months. De'Aaron Fox, Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith Jr., and Rawle Alkins have all drawn heavy interest from Calipari and Kentucky, who are very much in the mix for all four guys.

That's led some to speculate Simmons is cooling on UK and could be eying a different school that would make him the featured player of their '16 class. Simmons himself doesn't seem to think that's the case based on what he told Zags Blog:

"Just how their style of play is, Kentucky has a great style of play. My dad talks to Kentucky every day. People think Kentucky fell off, I don’t know why. I guess it’s just not out there in the public, but a phonecall’s not out there in the public. My dad and Kenny Payne have a great relationship. Cal [John Calipari] actually called me a couple times the other day, so Kentucky is still on a high note."

Simmons is ranked as the No. 15 overall prospect in the 2016 class by 24/7 Sports. Kentucky is battling Xavier, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, and Ohio State based on his most recent list of schools in consideration.