So, right after this report came out, Tipton Edits posted a photo of Jalen Green being down to Oregon and Memphis on Instagram, but Green quickly disputed it:
Grene is currently wrapping up an official visit to Oregon, and he has four more upcoming visits planned: Auburn (Sept. 26-29), Memphis (Oct. 2-5) and Kentucky (Oct. 16-19).
And while all the national speculation has been that Kentucky getting Clarke ends their recruitment of Green, he has never publicly stated this. Perhaps he still wants to keep Kentucky on his list, but will John Calipari keep recruiting Green if he’s confident that the top five recruit won’t pick the Cats?
In addition, Clarke is actually recruiting Green and Christopher to join him in Lexington:
After committing to Kentucky, Terrence Clarke posted on Instagram that his “next mission” is to bring Jalen Green and Josh Christopher to Lexington with him. pic.twitter.com/bFvW6DqUjl— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) September 14, 2019
I doubt Kentucky gets either of them, but it’s good to see Clarke isn’t shying away from other elite talent. He wants to play with guys like Green and Christopher, so maybe UK can stay in the hunt in one or both of those recruitments.
The Cats are bringing in an elite talent with the ability to score in multiple ways at all three levels.
This is a massive pickup for coach Cal and his staff. However, this addition could have a major impact on the Cats’ chances with 2020 top-three guard Jalen Green. There was even buzz that Kentucky had a shot at getting Green, Clarke and Josh Christopher in the 2020 class, but that apparently was nothing more than pipe dream.
More news: I’m now being told that five-star senior Jalen Green will focus on Memphis and Oregon, a reliable source told @Stockrisers. He’s currently in Eugene for official, met with Memphis’ Penny Hardaway on Thursday.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) September 14, 2019
In addition, 247 Sports recruiting guru Evan Daniels recently reported that if Clarke picked Kentucky, “I think it would effectively end the Wildcats’ recruitments of Josh Christopher and Jalen Green.”
While we all wanted to land both Clarke and Green, it was unlikely that they would both end up a Cat and Clarke was the first to jump on the opportunity to commit to Kentucky.
The question now becomes is Kentucky completely out of the mix for Christopher as well? He’s still be a great guard to pair with Clarke, but for now, it seems like he too is off the board.
Even so, getting Clarke was massive for the program, and Coach Cal will find a way to find add the right pieces around Clarke to ensure the 2020-21 Wildcats are a legitimate national title contender.