Calipari's quartet of commitments sign with Kentucky

broberts@herald-leader.comNovember 13, 2013 

All four of John Calipari's commitments for the Class of 2014 have officially signed with the Wildcats, and they're hoping to get some company later this week.

Karl Towns Jr., Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker and Trey Lyles all signed with UK on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.

Calipari was not permitted to publicly comment on the quartet of prospects until they officially signed with the school. Booker was the last to send in his paperwork — after the close of business hours — and a UK spokesman told the Herald-Leader that there were no plans to release a statement on the class before Thursday.

UK's top remaining recruiting target will announce his college decision Friday.

California small forward Stanley Johnson is scheduled to reveal his college choice during ESPNU's recruiting special, which airs from 4-5 p.m. Friday. Mater Dei Coach Gary McKnight told the Herald-Leader late Tuesday night of Johnson's plans, which were confirmed by an ESPN news release Wednesday morning.

Johnson has narrowed his list to UK, Arizona and Southern Cal, and he has already taken official visits to all three schools.

Many national recruiting analysts have posited that an early decision from Johnson would be good news for Arizona, which is considered his favorite.

The original plan was for Johnson to wait until January to make a decision and then sign in April. That would have given Calipari an extra couple of months to recruit the five-star prospect.

Johnson and Texas center Myles Turner are the only two seniors with UK scholarship offers still considering the Cats. Turner is not expected to choose a school any time soon.

Jahlil Okafor — another longtime UK recruiting target — officially cut the Cats from his list Wednesday. He will also announce his decision Friday on ESPNU. His two finalists are Duke and Kansas.

Okafor is widely considered the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.

Top-five prospects and former UK recruits Tyus Jones and Cliff Alexander will also announce on ESPNU's show Friday. Jones is considering Duke and Kansas and will likely attend the same school as Okafor. Alexander's four finalists are Kansas, Illinois, DePaul and Memphis.

Kentucky women's coach Matthew Mitchell received letters of intent Wednesday from two of his three senior commitments, which include Alexis Jennings, Alyssa Rice and Jaycee Coe.

Mitchell also had no plans to publicly comment on his recruiting class until all three of his commitments had submitted their signed paperwork to the school.

The early signing period ends Nov. 20.

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216.Twitter: @NextCats.Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com

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