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Not-so-good update for Kentucky on Darryn Peterson

Kentucky could be losing ground to another blue blood.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are piecing together a solid recruiting class in 2024 and are looking to round it out with one or two more players come the late signing period.

Alongside rounding out this class, John Calipari and his staff are now turning their attention to the class of 2025.

One of their main targets in the class is 5-star guard Darryn Peterson. The 6-foot-5 and 195-pound guard, who plays his high school ball for Huntington Prep, has a lengthy list of offers that includes the who’s who of the college basketball world.

That list may start shrinking soon, however, as Peterson became the first high school athlete to sign an NIL deal with Adidas several weeks back.

Once seen as a top contender, Kentucky now has to top the brand deal if they hope to land Peterson. And according to a report by Jamie Shaw of On3, it sounds like one other blue-blood program is in a good spot.

“A major shift in his recruitment happened last month when Peterson became the first high school athlete to sign a brand deal with Adidas. Indiana, Miami, NC State, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Arizona State, and Louisville are among the college programs that are sponsored by Adidas. Kansas is also an Adidas program. One source told me recently to watch for the Jayhawks here.”

It doesn’t sound like this one is close to being over, but it does feel like the Cats might have some ground to make up after being viewed as one of the top favorites for his services.

Also seen as a reclass candidate to the 2024 class, Coach Calipari and Kentucky will gladly accept Peterson whenever he ultimately decides he wants to play college ball.

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