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Positive update on UK’s chances with Isaiah Jackson and Terrence Clarke

John Calipari has been a busy man this summer, and it may be about to pay off in a big way.

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The Kentucky Wildcats continue to trend in the right direction with several of their top recruiting targets.

Terrence Clarke, who is currently in 2021, could reclassify and be one of the top players in 2020. He’s making his decision soon, and all arrows continue to point to Lexington for Clarke’s collegiate home.

But while Kentucky is in good shape with several guard/wing-type prospects, they have a lot of work to do when it comes to the frontcourt. That’s why Kentucky just hosted five-star big man Isaiah Jackson this week, and it sounds like the Cats made up a lot of ground in this recruitment.

Corey Evans from Rivals hosted his weekly mailbag on Tuesday, and he gave some very encouraging updates on Clarke and Jackson.

Clarke, the second-ranked recruit in the 2021 class, is deciding where he will attend college on September 14th, the day of the Kentucky vs. Florida game as well.

The 6-7, 185-pound wing recently cut his list to six, but he’s only had visits with the Wildcats and Boston College Eagles. With his decision looming, Kentucky is in prime position to land the No. 2 overall recruit who could soon be a member of the 2020 class.

Here is what Evans had to say about who he thinks Clarke will pick:

Kentucky. The Wildcats and Boston College are the only two programs that have hosted Terrence Clarke that made his final list and seeing that he is choosing his college home on Sept. 14, unless anything happens unforeseen, UK could be ready to celebrate the commitment of one of the most gifted wings in the 2021 class. And while Clarke has a lot of work to complete if he wants to reclassify and enroll in the 2020 class, I believe the desire is there on both sides to have him on campus next year.

In addition, Evans thinks that Isaiah Jackson is now one of the likeliest bigs to eventually pick Kentucky.

In the frontcourt, there are no direct answers, but Kentucky should land Isaiah Jackson and/or Lance Ware. Cliff Omoruyi is another to keep tabs on, as is Dawson Garcia, Isaiah Todd and Greg Brown, though Jackson and Ware are the likeliest.

Over the weekend, Demetric Warren of Varsity Preps logged a crystal prediction in favor of Kentucky for Jackson. It was the first prediction at Rivals or 247 Sports that wasn’t for Michigan State, who was the perceived favorite.

Kentucky has also been coming on strong for Greg Brown in recent weeks, ever since he included the Wildcats in his final five a couple weeks ago. And Isaiah Todd has been seen as a Kentucky lean for quite some time now.

Kentucky is also believed to be in good shape with Cliff Omoruyi if John Calipari continue to pursue him, so to hear Jackson is now one of the likeliest bigs to pick Kentucky is a big step forward, especially since Kentucky hasn’t been showing much interest (at least publicly) until he was invited for an official visit.

The third domino for a massive (potential) 2020 class may fall in a little under two weeks time with Clarke. Hopefully, there will be more to come in the form of Jackson, who is planning to announce this fall.

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