Darius Garland will play in the SEC, but it won’t be with the Kentucky Wildcats.
On Monday, Garland committed to the Vanderbilt Commodores, according to ESPN. His finalists included the Indiana Hoosiers, as well as UK, though the Cats were never believed to be in the running for the five-star point guard out of Tennessee.
Garland, a top-10 recruit in most recruiting services and one of the top-ranked point guard in the class of 2018, visited UK for Big Blue Madness. He's the 11th-ranked recruit on ESPN's Top-100 and the second best point guard, behind Tre Jones, who committed to Duke.
It was actually Duke who was viewed as the favorite in this recruitment early on, but once they got Jones, it was Vanderbilt who made the most sense to him, though Indiana made a strong late push.
In addition to Garland, Vanderbilt is also in the running for Simi Shittu and Romeo Langford, so they may end up having a top-five class in 2018, not to mention form a team capable of competing with UK for the SEC crown.