Mark Smith just wrapped up his first official visit since his recruitment reopened two weeks ago.
Smith made a trip to East Lansing to see what Michigan State had to offer. It went well enough that his 247 crystal ball has seven picks for Sparty, so Kentucky likely has ground to make up if they want the four-star combo guard.
First, Kentucky has to get Smith on campus, which may or may not happen, according to KSDK Sports:
It’s possible Smith could still pick Kentucky without visiting Lexington, but that’s very uncommon in recruiting. If John Calipari is serious about Smith, I seriously doubt Smith passes on a chance to visit Kentucky, even if he plans on ultimately picking another school.
But Smith may simply want to find a school that offers a better chance at immediate playing time, something Ohio State definitely does, and Michigan State will more so than Kentucky.
I do believe Jemarl Baker and Cameron Johnson are both higher on Kentucky’s recruiting board than Smith, but there’s still no indication of when these three guys will decide by, of if Kentucky is only willing to take two, but not all three of them.
The one thing all three have in common is that they’re good shooters, something Kentucky badly needs for next season. Johnson is the best of three since he already has college experience at Pitt, and Baker looks like a better shooter than Smith as well.
That said, Calipari can’t go wrong with any of these three, and I expect him to land at least one of them by the time this class is finished.