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R.J. Barrett cuts Michigan Wolverines; Romeo Langford cuts Louisville Cardinals

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Two big cuts made as both recruits could commit soon.

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The decimation of Louisville’s 2018 class has been swift.

Romeo Langford, a 5-star shooting guard for whom the Cards were once favorites for, is no longer considering Louisville after word of the FBI investigation, according to Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Langford is the No. 5 player in the class of 2018, according to the 247 Sports Composite.

Two 2018 Louisville commits decommitted on Wednesday following the announcement of Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich’s “administrative leave”: 5-star point guard Courtney Ramey and 5-star guard Anfernee Simmons. Now Louisville is likely going to fall out of contention for most, if not all, of the major recruits they had a chance with.

The next-most favorable team for Langford on his crystal ball is Indiana, followed by Duke. Kansas has also become a trendy pick, but all bets are off now that the favorite is off the table.

Kentucky made the cut for Langford, but they’re not seen to be in a good position to land him.

Elsewhere, a recruit more likely to end up in blue has also eliminated one of his schools in consideration. According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, R.J. Barrett has cut the Michigan Wolverines from his list and won’t visit Ann Arbor this weekend.

This is big news, as Barrett has now taken all of his planned official visits. He’s visited the Arizona Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats and Oregon Ducks. Unless he plans to schedule another visit, we’re now entering a possible decision window for the No. 1 overall recruit in 2018.

The perceived favorites in this recruitment are Duke and Kentucky, and Michigan was viewed as the fourth or fifth-place team.

247 Sports’ Adam Rowe also reports that Barrett may decide soon after meeting with Coach K this week. That would seem to be bad news for Kentucky.

Originally, an October decision looked likely for Barrett. That’s even more true now unless he decides to take other visits.

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