Daily Archives: January 5, 2013
Looks like he was really pleased with the staff at UK, who wouldn’t be?
Dakari picks Kentucky! He is the #1 Center in the 2013 class.
That’s right we now have our 6th commitment of the 2013 class with Center, Dakari Johnson. He joins Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee, and Derek Willis. We already have the #1 recruiting class and it just got stronger.
Kentucky is making history with 2013 recruiting class. No words to describe it, but EPIC.
High School: Montverde Academy
AAU Team: Each 1 Teach 1
Hometown: Montverde, Florida
Johnson’s Current Rankings:
Fox Sports Next (Scout) Rankings - No. 15 Overall
ESPN Rankings - No. 12 Overall
Rivals Rankings - No. 13 Overall
Future150 Rankings - No. 8 Overall
247 Sports Rankings - No. 13 Overall
MaxPreps Rankings - No. 9 Overall
Hoopniks Rankings - No. 9 Overall
City League Hoops Rankings - No. 5 Overall in 2014 Rankings
CBS Sports Rankings - No. 8 Overall
See Full Profile Here w/ Highlights: Dakari Johnson - C | 6-10 | 240
Tonight, Jaleel Hytchye of LaSalle High School in Cincinnati has become the first High School commitment of the Mark Stoops era.
Jaleel Hytchye, a 4* cornerback according to ESPN and a 3* (5.7 rating, highest rating for a 3* player) according to Rivals, picked UK over Tennessee, Pittsburgh, and Penn State, among others.
It’s fitting that UK picks up a top cornerback on the same day Louisville picked up a top wide receiver.
Big day for the Cats, hopefully this one will get the ball rolling on a few more commits in the coming days.
Go Big Blue!
2013 Center Dakari Johnson our of New York City, New York will make his college decision live tonight at halftime of the Gonzaga (D.C.) vs. Salesian (Calif.) game at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Johnson is down to Kentucky, Syracuse, and Georgetown.
Many believe that the decision is pretty much between Syracuse and Kentucky, with the recent commits and transfers that Georgetown has received.
In early November, he announced he was reclassifying from the 2014 class to 2013. He is now in the middle of an excellent senior season, which includes a No. 1 national Montverde and MVP honors for Johnson at the prestigious City of Palms Classic last month against some of the top players and teams in the country.
After he reclassified, his recruiting began to intensify. In fact, it was only two weeks ago that he trimmed his finalists down to Kentucky, Georgetown and Syracuse. And now Johnson says he is ready to make his college decision.
“I am ready to end my recruiting process,” Johnson told ESPN.com. “I know where I want to go to school and I don’t want to lead anyone on. I am ready to make my decision and continue to stay focused on my team and our season.”
Johnson has not made any official visits but has been to all three of his final schools for unofficial visits. There is one important factor in his recruiting process.
“One of the most important things I am looking for besides a great education, which all these schools have, is a head coach and staff who will give me honest feedback about my development,” Johnson said. “That’s very important to me.”
Full article (Insider): No. 1 center to announce on ESPNU
Prediction: My honest thoughts are that he will pick UK. All signs have pointed to that happen. We have not missed an ESPN announcement in years (except Shabazz Muhammad).
He loves Coach Call, the UK staff, he like the players already committed, James Young has been recruiting him, he has a chance win a National title, be in a super class, he lived in Lexington for several years, he would be only true center in UK’s class, he said WCS staying doesn’t bother him, he is just ready to make a statement and become apart of an historic class.
Dakari Johnson is seeing the chance at joining/making history at UK in 2013. We have an awesome class already and we’re still working on absolutely epic class that will likely never be replicated again.