A Battle Brewing

It should be no surprise, but Duke, Kentucky, and North Carolina all seem to be in the mix for having success on the recruiting trail in the 2013 class.

There aren't many elite prospects off the board in the 2013 class, but a few have recently made big decisions. On top of that there are signs pointing toward others having a group of top schools in mind. With that information it is looking like three schools are in-line for monster classes in 2013.

In 2013 three schools might be on the verge of epic recruiting success. Already the North Carolina Tar Heels have two top 20 commitments, Duke has one commitment in the top 25, and then there is Kentucky who has yet to snare a pledge. It is easy to see why Carolina is already in the midst of a big time class, but the other two schools also seem to have the inside track to make major noise.

In 2013 this is all going to start at the top, and that means with Jabari Parker. The Chicago (IL) Simeon High School product is going to be the focus of one of the most intense recruiting battles in the country, and guess what, UNC, Duke, and Kentucky would all be in his top group of schools along with Illinois, Washington, Kansas, Ohio State, and Michigan State.

Currently things are reading well for the Blue Devils in this battle, but still there is a long time between now and when the decision has to be made. Parker won't make his decision soon, but he is forming his favorites, and it should be no surprise that Duke, Kentucky, and North Carolina are right in the mix.

Right after Parker is No. 2 ranked prospect Julius Randle. The Plano (TX) Prestonwood Christian power forward also could be the subject of a huge recruiting battle, and Kentucky, North Carolina, and Duke once again find themselves right there at or near the top.

Now those three will have stiff competition from Texas, Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Ohio State, but the Blue Devils once again feel good about their chances as does Kentucky, so once again the top trio of schools could be right there at the end.

While the top two are going to be subjects of huge recruiting battles, right now with Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison, the No. 4 and No. 7 ranked prospects in the nation, all indications have them leaning towards being blue.

Kentucky is thought to have a commanding lead for the Harrison twins, and when two top 10 prospects are linked to the program that is a great start to what could end up being an excellent class, even by John Calipari's standards.

Now Kentucky will still have to fight off Maryland, Baylor, Texas, and Villanova, but the smart bet right now is on the twins ending up in Lexington.

After that there is Troy Williams who is likely to come down to Kentucky and North Carolina with Georgetown in the mix. Williams, who is one of the top and most active forwards in the nation, is another five-star prospect who is in the crosshairs of the schools who are likely to be battling for the top spot.

Those are just the top 10 prospects right now who have significant interest in the three schools, and possibly even could be leans to either UK, Duke, or North Carolina. After that there is a smattering of prospects such as Allerik Freeman, Kennedy Meeks, and Anthony Barber who are five-star prospects who have all been linked to one or more of the schools mentioned.

Granted it is still early, and while other schools such as Louisville, Kansas, Syracuse, and Florida have all gotten themselves mentioned with numerous high level prospects, but something special could be brewing in Lexington, Chapel Hill, and Durham.

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