RJ Hampton was full of announcements on Friday. When his USA Today blog posted Friday morning, he made it clear that he would remain in the 2020 recruiting class.
After a lot of speculation these last few months, I have decided to stay in the class of 2020.— 14 (@RjHampton14) August 31, 2018
Later in the day, Evan Daniels of 247 Sports reported that Hampton has three official visits scheduled for the fall. While Hampton has yet to announce an official list, he did tell Daniels the schools that he hears from the most.
“Outside of Memphis, I feel like the schools making me a priority are Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and recently Michigan has told me they are prioritizing me and want me to be their point guard,” Hampton said.
Given current recruiting regulations, Hampton could certainly visit all of those schools multiple times in the next two years. However, he will begin by taking three visits this fall.
On September 13th, Hampton will accompany Team USA teammate Jalen Green on a visit to see the Memphis Tigers where they will meet with Penny Hardaway and his staff, who Hampton seems to think a lot of.
“What sticks out about them to me is how hard they’ve recruited me and the coaching staff they have in coach Penny, coach Mike Miller and coach Sam Mitchell,” Hampton told Daniels. “All three of them have years and years and years of NBA experience.”
The junior guard will then visit the Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats this fall during their midnight madness events. Kansas’ Late Night in the Phog practice will take place on September 28th, and Hampton will wrap up this round of visits at Big Blue Madness on October 12th.
Getting the final word with Hampton this fall is certainly not a bad thing. But now that he will stay in the 2020 class, his recruitment will be more of a long-term game for John Calipari and company.
Still, getting Hampton on campus along with Kentucky commitment Dontaie Allen, along with target Vernon Carey, is great news for John Calipari and co.
Watch below to see what the top combo guard in the 2020 class has to offer.
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