The University of Kentucky has finally found a power forward to fill out its already vaunted 2010 recruiting class.
Eloy Vargas, a 6-foot-11, 210-pounder, committed to UK during a visit this weekend, according to Rivals.com and Scout.com. He averaged 21 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks for Miami Dade Community College after transferring from Florida in 2009.
Vargas was a highly touted recruit out of American Heritage in Plantation, Fla., in 2008. He was ranked No. 33 overall by Rivals.com, No. 26 overall by Scout.com and No. 41 overall by ESPNU.
Vargas averaged 0.6 points and 0.7 rebounds during his brief stay at Florida.
He ended up transferring to Miami Dade, which is the same school that produced current UK player Darnell Dodson. He will have two seasons of eligibility at Kentucky.
Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer scouted Vargas out of high school years ago, but like everyone else, has seen little of Vargas since.
"He's a little bit of a mystery man," Meyer said. "He was ranked highly out of high school because of his upside and how good he could eventually be. He had some injuries and things didn't work out at Florida. Then he transfers to junior college and puts up great numbers, but you never really know if you can trust juco numbers."
Danny Herz, who coached Vargas at American Heritage, said Vargas was set back by an ankle injury his senior year that required surgery and later forced him to miss 11 games at Florida.
"He's a competitor, a skilled four man who wants to win," Herz said. "When he was with us, he did great things, and then he got hurt and never quite got over it. The coach at Kentucky has a good track record of getting guys to reach their potential, so hopefully he can do that with Eloy."
Meyer said Vargas' skill set should allow him to adapt well in John Calipari's dribble-drive system.
"It's a really nice fit from that standpoint," he said. "He's a skilled, stretch-out-the-defense type of 'four' man with three-point range. The more shooters they can get the better, and I think he'll be very valuable from that aspect. I don't know if he'll be an impact player right away but I firmly believe he will eventually be an impact player."
Vargas was recruited heavily by Wildcats assistant Orlando Antigua while Antigua was at Pittsburgh.
UK already had a star-studded group of prospects lined up, including five-star players Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb, and four-star player Stacey Poole.
Meyer said the addition of Vargas vaults UK past Memphis for the No. 1 recruiting class in 2010.
"Enes Kanter is ready to play, Brandon Knight is ready to play. Doron Lamb has a college-ready game. Eloy Vargas has two years of college experience," Meyer said. "I'm not saying there's going to be two first-team All-Americans out of this class like Wall and Cousins, but it certainly looks to be better than the rest of the competition this year."