There are still some big fish out there in the 2019 recruiting class, and there are no current commits from 2020, but that does not stop John Calipari and his staff from looking ahead to the group of 2021 prospects.
Given the fact that he now has a lifetime contract, I guess some long-term planning can be expected.
The only 2021 offer that has gone out has been to Jonathan Kuminga, but there are several other prospects that Coach Cal has his eyes on. Corey Evans of Rivals recently provided some updates for some current Kentucky targets.
While he has yet to receive an offer, 2021 point guard Khristian Lander says that the Kentucky Wildcats have been reaching out to him often. He is a four-star player, currently ranked by Rivals as the No. 23 player in the class. He talked to Evans about being recruited by the Wildcats.
“I went to a game there a couple of months ago. My mentor and trainer have been talking to their assistant coach a lot. They have been looking at me a lot. That is a really good-looking school because that is coach Cal and the bluebloods, so that is a really big deal for me. That offer would mean that I am doing something right but I am going to keep working, even if I get that offer.”
Another player to watch is forward KJ Adams, the No. 27 player in the class, according to Rivals. He also does not yet have an offer from Calipari, but now that Tennessee has done so, it may put pressure on Kentucky to move a little faster. Adams did admit that Kentucky is active in his recruitment.
“I don’t have any visits lined up currently but I have a lot of interest from Kentucky and North Carolina, so I am just looking to see what my parents and my mentor is telling me and it will grow from there.”
Either of these guys would be a great start to the 2021 class, so it would not be a surprise to see either or both to get an offer soon. These are definitely names you should remember when keeping a watch on this recruiting class.