John Calipari and staff are in full swing with recruiting in the 2023 class. The likes of DJ Wagner, Justin Edwards, Aaron Bradshaw and Ugonna Kingsley are all trending towards Kentucky. Some may be nearing decisions sooner rather than later. However, Coach Cal is wasting no time going all in on the 2024 class, as well. On June 15, the first day colleges were legally allowed to directly contact 2024 recruits, Kentucky extended offers out to four prospects: Ian Jackson, Tre Johnson, Karter Knox, and Isaiah Elohim. Since, Kentucky has added a pair of offers: Amier Ali and Kentucky native, Travis Perry. And tonight, according to national recruiting expert Andrew Slater, there are two more:
A pair of guards, Johnuel "Boogie" Fland and Tahaad Pettiford, are the latest to earn offers from John Calipari. While Calipari has never strayed away from going after many of the top high school talents in the world, he is taking an unprecedented approach to this class. Calipari is known, and sometimes criticized, for taking too long to offer players, which allows other schools and coaches to build relationships and put us behind in certain recruitments. While this has not necessarily came back to bite Kentucky, it is great to see Kentucky carry this recruiting momentum over and putting themselves in a great position with the 2024 class.
With the 2022-23 season yet to even begin, it is way too early to begin any predictions for recruits who might not commit for at least another year. It is also too early to know who Cal will decide to recruit the hardest as we need to see how these prospects develop over their Junior seasons. However, getting a head start on the 2024 recruiting class, with nine of the most highly touted players, shows that Coach Cal is as motivated on the recruiting trail as ever.