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Where UK commits & targets stand in new USA Today recruiting rankings

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This is a big shift in the rankings, which could benefit UK.

@TyreseMaxey

As more and more players commit and cut their lists, the more tense things feel in Lexington concerning the 2019 recruiting class. The top target James Wiseman chose the Memphis Tigers, the Kentucky Wildcats did not even make the top three for Vernon Carey, and in a shallow pool there are very few big fish remaining.

However, USA Today recently re-ranked the top 25 in the 2019 class and these results may help Big Blue Nation feel a bit better.

For starters, James Wiseman has dropped to No. 5, which softens the blow of losing him. For a while, Wiseman seemed like the consensus No. 1 player in his class.

Commits Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney essentially swapped places from their 247 Sports composite rankings. Maxey comes in at No. 7 on the list, while Whitney sits at No. 11.

The top targets remaining on the board for Kentucky are No. 2 Anthony Edwards, who recently reclassified from the 2020 class, No. 4 Isaiah Stewart, and No. 6 Jaden McDaniels, all of which are still considering the Wildcats.

Calipari is also still in the hunt for No. 9 Matthew Hurt, and No. 21 Keion Brooks, and Hurt is set to visit Kentucky this weekend.

If Calipari is able to land two or three of those remaining targets, it likely propels Kentucky to another top 2 class, potentially a No. 1 ranking assuming Edwards and Carey do not end up at the same place.

While moral is down at the moment when it comes to recruiting, there are enough possibilities out there to change the situation completely. Sit tight, Kentucky fans. This recruitment class will be an interesting ride.

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