The Kentucky Wildcats have announced the fall signings of Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley.
The three-man class currently makes up what’s ranked as a top-five recruiting class by every major service.
"We've signed three really good players, really good kids who had a burning desire to be at Kentucky, which tells you they've got a toughness to them," head coach John Calipari said in a press release.
"They didn't need to be begged; they wanted to be here. All three are guards, all three are tough, and all three have a fight and a skill about them. All three of them are gym rats – the kind of guys who come here and do well. All three are driven and wired the way you have to be to be successful here. They're going to add to what we do."
In every season in the Calipari era, UK has signed a top-three recruiting class according to the Recruiting Services Consensus Index, which measures all of the recruiting services using a formula to calculate a consensus ranking.
The highest ranking this class currently has is No. 3 by 247 Sports Composite.
Here’s what Coach Cal and his new Cats had to say:
"Over the life of recruiting him, we did like we do with all of these kids: We want kids that want to be here, that we know can succeed here," Calipari said. "With Keldon, you're talking about a guy that physically goes after balls. He can score it, he can handle it and he can pass it. He's one of those guys that will drive and miss it and then go grab the rebound and stick it back in. Maybe tip that one, grab that one. He's that kind of relentless player."
"Kentucky was always honest and upfront with me from the beginning and I loved that about Coach Cal," Johnson said. "He made the process about me, and I trust him that he is going to be about me and helping me become my best."
"When you talk Immanuel Quickley, you're talking about one of the hardest-working kids," Calipari said. "He comes in as a point guard, but like all of our guards, he can play combinations. He can play with another point guard. He's big, he can shoot it and he can score it. Great leader because he works so hard that people want to be a part of his sphere."
"The tradition of Kentucky point guards really stood out with guys like John Wall to De'Aaron Fox," Quickley said of his decision to sign with UK. "I know Coach Cal is going to push me on and off the floor to be my best and ultimately prepare me for the highest level."
"Tyler can shoot it and he can score it," Calipari said. "He has different ways of playing, but you're talking about a big guard who is as tough as nails – a fighter, a battler. He has that little bit of swag to him like a Devin Booker type of kid. He's got a burning desire of, 'Let's do this. This is where I want to be. This is where dreams are made and met.' "
"The opportunity to play for a Hall of Fame coach in John Calipari in front of the best college fans in the world, Big Blue Nation, was too much to pass up," Herro said of his decision to sign with the Wildcats. "I can't wait to get to Lexington and get this journey started."
In addition to these three players, Coach Cal also expressed his desire to add more to it in the spring signing period.
"I'm excited for this class," Calipari said. "And we're not done yet. We have to see where all this stuff goes, but our need, we have filled. These three guys are what we needed, and that's what's happened. I'm excited."