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Vanderbilt may unseat UK for SEC’s best recruiting class in 2018

Kentucky already looks like it’ll struggle to get the No. 1 recruiting class in 2018, and Vanderbilt could catch them too.

NCAA Basketball: Vanderbilt at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a surprising development in the nation’s recruiting landscape, as Vanderbilt could end up with a top-three recruiting class in 2018.

Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew won over five-star point guard Darius Garland to keep him away from Kentucky, Indiana, Duke and UCLA, and then he went and did the same with five-star forward Simi Shittu.

Now, he’ll look to do the same with five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford, adding him to his current class of Garland, Shittu and four-star small forward Aaron Nesmith.

If they put together that four-man class, it would currently catapult them to the top of the 247 Sports rankings; ahead of Oregon, Kansas, Duke and Kentucky. They currently sit at No. 8.

Having Garland and Shittu in the fold certainly helps Vandy’s odds with Langford, and if they get all three they’ll have three top 15 players. That’s something even John Calipari and Mike Krzyzewski struggle to accomplish.

Drew will have built quite the monster class for 2018-19, strengthening the SEC and putting Vanderbilt back on track to be a team that gains national attention.

For Shittu, Vanderbilt was the favorite in his crystal ball with the majority of the predictions before he selected them. Vanderbilt is in second for Langford, receiving 17 percent of the predictions (Indiana is favored with 67 percent of the predictions).

And if they do land all three, Kentucky will really need five-star forward Zion Williamson to commit if they want to stay ahead of the Commodores in 2018.

The SEC just keeps getting better, folks.