The recruitment of Terrence Clarke is coming to an end soon, and Kentucky is in a very good spot.
According to 247 Sports recruiting director Evan Daniels, Clarke will make his college decision on Sept. 14.
“September 14th will be the day I commit,” Clarke told 247 Sports.
Thank you to all the coaches that have been recruiting me through this process. I cannot stress the amount of appreciation! These are my final 6 schools pic.twitter.com/GgkaA3Gjnp— Terrence Clarke (@terrenceclarke_) August 30, 2019
As of Friday afternoon, Kentucky holds every prediction at 247 Sports and Rivals. It’s not over until the decision is announced, but you have to like the Wildcats’ chances with the No. 3 overall recruit in 2021, who is now expected to reclassify into 2020.
Initially, it looked like Clarke may wait until the spring to make a decision. After all, he’s got a lot of academic work to complete to become eligible to reclassify into 2020, as he’s a true junior. He’s essentially trying to graduate high school in three years, whereas most recruits who reclassify are doing so after being held back a year at some point, so they still end up with four years of high school.
That’s why things will be a little more tricky with Clarke’s potential reclassification than most players, but seeing as how he’s making his college decision this soon, he must feel pretty good about getting it done.
It remains to be seen where Clarke would be ranked as a 2020 recruit, but if he ends up in the top five and picks Kentucky, he’d be the first top-five recruit to pick the Cats since Skal Labissiere back in the Class of 2016.