The new 2019 recruiting rankings from Rivals has a host of Kentucky recruits making big moves.
Kahlil Whitney is now the No. 7 overall recruit, which makes him a consensus top-10 recruit. His highest ranking is No. 6 at 247 Sports, while ESPN has him at No. 9 overall.
Tyrese Maxey is sitting at the No. 9 spot. He too is a consensus top-10 recruit. Depending on what service you read, he’s listed as a combo guard, shooting guard or point guard. Clearly, there’s still debate as to what spot he’ll play in college, but there’s no question he’s a tremendous player that’s going be special at Kentucky.
Dontaie Allen, who committed to Kentucky over the summer, is now ranked No. 55 overall. He actually dropped five spots after his breakout summer but is still the No. 1 recruit from the state of Kentucky.
One of the biggest risers in this ranking was Oscar Tshiebwe, a five-star center who Kentucky will soon be hosting for a visit (and possibly landing). He now sits at No. 21 overall.
Aidan Igiehon, who may or may not hold a Kentucky offer, took a big drop down to No. 51.
Zeke Nnaji, who does have a Kentucky offer, dropped down to No. 37.
Kentucky’s top target, James Wiseman, is now No 2 overall. Fellow Kentucky target Vernon Carey held on to his No. 1 ranking. John Calipari is making a strong push to land both of them in 2019, but it’s going to be a major challenge just to get one of them.
Cole Anthony is now ranked No. 3. While Kentucky already has Maxey, they’ve still kept recruiting Anthony, who is also getting recruited by Maxey.
Matthew Hurt is now No. 6 overall as Kentucky continues to make a strong push for him and continues to gain momentum. He’ll visit for Big Blue Madness and likely decide sometime in the fall.
Kentucky target Scottie Lewis came in at No. 13. This is shaping up to be a Kentucky vs. Florida battle that the Gators currently have momentum in.
Keion Brooks, another guy Kentucky is still in the mix for, dropped down to No. 26.
Lester Quinones, who has been drawing more interest from Kentucky, was a big riser and now sits at No. 47 overall.
Former Kentucky commitment DJ Jeffries checking in at No. 49 overall.