It always seems like I’m writing about recruiting classes way too soon. Just when I start to learn the destinations for some of the 2014 prospects, the 2015 class starts to take shape. Kentucky head coach John Calipari must feel my pain, but I’d venture to say he enjoys the grind a little more than me. His immense success on the recruiting trail has already brought him one national championship, and now he’s eyeing another in 2014. On Thursday, Calipari had his first 2016 recruit on campus in local product Quentin Goodin.
Goodin is a 6-foot-3 point guard from Taylor County, Ky., who is ranked the N0. 7 point guard and 29th-best player in the state of Kentucky for 2016, according to 247sports. He is arguably the best high school player in the state, regardless of class. He may be listed as a point guard, but he will more than likely be a combination guard on the next level. He’s too good of a scorer to be just a point guard, and has a high-basketball IQ for his age.
The visit was the first time Goodin had ever been able to speak with the coaching staff and take in the campus at UK. He recapped his visit by saying it was “amazing.” With Calipari’s recruiting tactics, Goodin may not see an offer from the Wildcats for a very long while. That will not hurt Kentucky in the long run due to the staff being genuine in their interest. If Goodin was not good enough to play for Kentucky, he would not have been visiting.
Only two players in the 2016 class have received offers from Calipari: Five-star power forward Harry Giles and five-star small forward Jayson Tatum. Goodin has plenty of suitors lined up already, and plenty of schools expressing interest. Indiana, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and West Virginia have already offered. Alabama, Florida State, Illinois, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan, Texas and Wake Forest have all expressed interest.
Goodin averages 16 points and almost five rebounds a game for his Taylor County Cardinals. He earned All-Fifth Region honors last season, despite his team finishing at 16-16. He has also been invited to Colorado Springs Oct. 4-5 to participate in a USA Basketball Developmental National Team mini-camp. He’ll be one of 35 prospects training for a shot at the 2014 FIBA U-17 World Championships.
Brian Lewis is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. You can add him to your network on Google for more of his work.