With Jai Lucas accepting a position for the Kentucky Wildcats, that means he could be bringing a few recruits with him that he was recruiting at Texas.
One of those recruits could be Daimion Collins, a five-star center out of Texas, who is ranked as the No. 19 prospect by 247 Sports. Collins originally cut his to 10 in July with the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Alabama, Houston, Kansas, LSU, Baylor, and Texas Tech making his list.
Since Coach Lucas made the move to Lexington, Collins received an offer from Kentucky, since Lucas was Collins’ main recruiter at Texas.
This is what Collins had to say about Kentucky extending an offer via 247 Sports’ Brandon Jenkins.
“It felt great to get the offer from them because they are a really great basketball program. It is probably every kid’s dream to get an offer from a big school like Kentucky. Coach (John) Calipari likes how I can get up and down the floor, defend, and versatility on the offensive end. I have not talked to Coach Lucas since he has accepted his job offer. Coach (Joel) Justus has been the main coach recruiting me. They tell me how Coach Calipari has had great success with players like me. They are confident that they will put me in the right positions to get me to where I need to be.”
In addition, Jenkins had this nugget on where he believes Collins would have ended up had Lucas not come to Kentucky.
“Coach Lucas’ move to Kentucky has prolonged Collins’ decision,” Jenkins wrote. “If the favored assistant coach never left for the Kentucky position, I would like to believe Collins would have committed to Texas by the end of August.”
While Lucas was Collins’ main recruiter at Texas, the two have not spoken to each other since Lucas moved to Kentucky, mainly because they cannot, as Lucas can’t directly contact him, but Lucas can be the call if it’s established by John Calipari thanks to a loophole.
In addition, assistant coach Joel Justus seems to be doing a good job of building a relationship with the 6-9 big man.
Oklahoma is also viewed as a major player, if not the leader for Collins, who plays for the Team Griffin program that is sponsored by former Sooners forward and NBA All-Star Blake Griffin. The team is also the home of Oklahoma commit Bijan Cortes, who is a close friend of Collins.