It looks like Keldon Johnson could come off the board when the early signing period begins.
On Friday, Johnson told reporters he hopes to have a decision made next week, a good sign he knows where he’s going, and now all that’s left to do is let everyone else know.
Starting on November 8th, high school seniors can sign national letters of intent with colleges. It sounds like Johnson knows where he wants to go and is simply finding the right time to make the announcement.
UK has been rumored to be his favorite for the past month, so a decision sooner rather than later will likely end well for John Calipari’s program.
Johnson may very well end up being the best recruit UK lands in 2018, as he’s in the discussion to be a top-five recruit in the next set of recruiting rankings.
Of course, UK would love to have someone like Zion Williamson or RJ Barrett in this class, but Johnson is a special player to build a class around.
If UK is able to land Johnson, a major assist is going to Immanuel Quickley, the Cats’ lone pledge for now. Quickley and Johnson both took their official visits to UK together, and it wasn’t long after that the former made his pledge.
In a recent interview with SEC Country, Quickley opened up about who he’s recruiting the hardest, one Johnson.
“I’ve been talking to Keldon a lot. He says he likes Kentucky a lot, too, so hopefully I can get him to come with me,” Quickley told SEC Country. “I think Kentucky is definitely his leader.”
Quickley has been very active and vocal about his recruitment of Johnson and other Cats in the 2018 class. This would be one heck of an assist for Quickley to get for the ats before he even plays a game in Lexington.