John Calipari has only issued one scholarship offer for players in the 2021 recruiting class.
But with the 2019 class wrapping up shortly, he is certainly shifting his attention to those rising high school juniors. The latest player to hear from Coach Cal is power forward Josh Taylor out of Greensboro, North Carolina.
Kentucky reached out to 2021 forward Josh Taylor tonight, per source. Plays at Greensboro Day (NC).— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 25, 2019
Originally from Columbia, Georgia, Taylor is currently a 4-star player that is ranked No. 47 in the class by the 247Sports composite rankings. He must have done something in his sophomore season or on the Nike circuit to catch Kentucky’s eye, because they reached out to Taylor Wednesday night, according to Jeff Borzello.
One point of note here is that Taylor is only the second true frontcourt player that Kentucky has shown interest in for 2021, joining JT Thor in that category. I know it is early in the cycle for the 2021 class, but Taylor must have shown something special to get their attention so early with so little buzz around him.
Taylor has heard from several schools, however, and has at least ten offers that we know of. The biggest programs that have offered scholarships to Taylor are LSU, St. John’s, TCU, and Texas Tech. He has also heard from Auburn and Florida, and Virginia seems to be showing the most interest right now.
At 6-8, 220 pounds as a sophomore, he clearly has room for a great deal of physical development before heading to play at the college level. It is definitely a smart move by the Kentucky staff to get involved early, just in case Taylor turns into a monster.