Five-star shooting guard Anthony Edwards began his official visit to UK on Monday and will watch the Cats take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Edwards is ranked as the No. 1 player in America in the class of 2019 by 247Sports. He was originally a 2020 recruit, but he reclassified in November and jumped atop the national rankings.
The 6-5, 215-pound prospect lists Kentucky along with Georgia, Florida State, Kansas, and North Carolina in his final five schools.
The Seminoles have longed been viewed as the favorite in Edwards’ recruitment, but Georgia got the first official visit. He’s at Kentucky right now and will visit North Carolina on the weekend of February 9th.
Edwards told Rivals’ Eric Bossi what he’s looking for in a school like Kentucky.
“I’m looking at bonding, the relationship with the coach and staying there and seeing if I have chemistry with them,” said Edwards. “They say come to UK and get a national championship.”
Hopefully, this visit will allow UK to get some momentum in Edwards’ recruitment, and he certainly seems to be enjoying it, posing in a UK jersey while touring the facilities:
However, it appears that Georgia is trending in the right direction with two recent Rivals predictions, one of which is Bossi.
Evan Daniels added his take on who he thinks currently holds the lead, despite changing his crystal ball pick from Florida State to “foggy” back in November.
“I don’t know that we know yet,” he told the Herald-Leader. “Heading into the visit, I would probably handicap it that Florida State and Georgia would be the schools out front. But I’ve been told that he’s really considering these other schools, and I guess we’ll see how it all plays out after he visits to Kentucky and Kansas.”
Daniels also expressed optimism that Edwards wouldn’t waste his time visiting Lexington if they didn’t have a legitimate chance of snagging him.
The good news for Kentucky is that they have plenty of time to build a relationship with Edwards, who told Eric Bossi that he doesn’t plan on visiting UNC and FSU until sometime after the McDonald’s All-American Game on March 27th.
“I gotta visit all the schools before I make my decision,” Edwards told Bossi. “Unless it’s just like you feel it, like if I’m really feeling it I then maybe yeah, but probably not.”
Just getting Edwards on campus is a win for the Cats, as he cut Kentucky from his final five back in November before adding them back in later. Although, FSU and UGA appear to be the frontrunners at the moment, it’s never a good idea to count John Calipari out, especially if he gets said recruit on campus.
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