|Kentucky coach John Calipari again brings in the nation's top recruiting class. (US Presswire)|
Another high school class, another No. 1 recruiting class for John Calipari and Kentucky.
It’s pretty much a given every year lately, as Calipari has reeled in the top-ranked recruiting class four years in a row heading into the class of 2013. In a scary twist, 2013 might be his best group yet. So far, Kentucky has Andrew and Aaron Harrison in the fold, both top-five guards, along with top-10 wing James Young and top-50 big man Marcus Lee. And he’s not done. The Wildcats are still gunning for Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and Aaron Gordon, but they are the strongest for No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins. If Calipari can land one or two of these guys, it could be the best recruiting class ever.
Unlike in 2012, it doesn’t look there will be a close race for the top spot in the final rankings. Kansas, Memphis and Indiana all have very good classes, but none seem primed to push Kentucky down the stretch. An interesting team to keep an eye on could be Florida, which has two top-11 prospects in Kasey Hill and Chris Walker. The Gators are heavily involved with Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson; adding one of those guys would give Florida a tremendous group.
Even though the early signing period is only just beginning, several teams have deep, solid recruiting classes. Programs like LSU, Michigan, Marquette and others all have three top-100 prospects in the fold and are building quality a quality core for the future.
Despite the late start, though, Kentucky enters the early signing period with the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. And the Wildcats could end the late signing period with the No. 1 recruiting class – perhaps ever.
(CBSSports.com player rankings in parenthesis.)