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Top-5 recruit Chris Livingston moves decision date up to Wednesday

Kentucky is primed to land another elite recruit this week.

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Momentum continues to surge for the Kentucky Wildcats in the recruitment of Chris Livingston.

With all the buzz going Kentucky’s way in recent weeks, Livingston will now announce his college decision this Wednesday, according to On3’s Joe Tipton. Rivals’ Travis Graf adds that the announcement will come on ESPN.

Livingston was previously set to announce his choice on Oct. 15 while also taking a second official visit to Kentucky on Oct. 9. While getting two visits from a star recruit is ideal, I think it’s safe to say Kentucky is favored enough in this recruitment to feel ok about the second visit not happening before his decision.

Ranked as high as No. 4 overall in the 2022 class by 247 Sports, Livingston previously took an official visit to Kentucky in June. He recently transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia after playing at Buchtel High School in Ohio.

Livingston currently holds offers from the Wildcats, Memphis Tigers, North Carolina Tar Heels, Ohio State Buckeyes, Florida Gators and Kansas Jayhawks among others, though his list is now down to Kentucky, Georgetown, and Tennessee State.

This had been seen as a two-horse race between Kentucky and Memphis, but it was the Wildcats who’ve received every 247 Sports Crystal Ball and Rivals FutureCast prediction logged over the last month.

Then last week, news broke that Livingston and Memphis cut ties, which can be seen as a white flag being waved as Kentucky looked primed to add another top-five recruit.

With Kentucky’s 2022 class already holding pledges from top recruit Shaedon Sharpe and fellow 5-star guard Skyy Clark, a commitment from Livingston would ensure this class finishes No. 2 at worst in the final team recruiting rankings after Kentucky finished 10th in the 2021 class.

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