The first signing period begins today, and there are plenty of storylines to track. Who will sign early? Who plans to wait? Which school will end up with the best class? Scout.com digs in.
Scout Signing Day Central
SIGNING WEEK DECISIONS
There are five big decisions slated for the early signing period.
, a standout at Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley, is scheduled to announce his choice on Wednesday at 12:30 at his high school, according to his father – P.J. Dozier Sr.
Dozier, Scout.com’s No. 33 recruit, is down to Georgetown
, South Carolina, North Carolina
Throughout Skal Labissiere
’s recruitment he’s used the hashtag #wherewillskalgo on his Twitter account.
On Thursday, Labissiere, a 6-foot-10 post player, will tell the basketball community where he’s headed. Labissiere told Scout.com on Monday that he intends to announce his choice on a Signing Day special on ESPNU.
Labissiere’s finalists are Baylor
, Georgetown, Kentucky
, North Carolina and Tennessee
Labissiere isn’t the only one set to announce on Thursday. Five-star guard Isaiah Briscoe
tweeted that he will announce his choice during the same show.
Briscoe, who is ranked No. 15 overall in the class, is down to Connecticut, Kentucky and St. John’s. Briscoe has taken visits to all three schools involved. While UConn is on his public list, the decision will come down to Kentucky and St. John’s, per sources.
, a four-star wing out of South Carolina
, informed Scout.com that he will also announce his choice during the early period. Mack is down Clemson
, South Carolina and VCU. He will announce on Thursday.
Derrick Jones, a four-star forward, will also make his choice during the early signing period. Jones is slated for Thursday evening on the same show as Labissiere and Briscoe.
UP IN THE AIR
|Stone is a five-star center in the 2015 class
has gone back and forth recently in regards to whether he will make his choice during the early period.
Stone tweeted last week that he intended to make his college choice on November 21st. But that didn’t add up since that is two days following the close of the first signing period. His father has indicated that he doesn’t have a timetable for a decision.
Sources close to the situation say it’s up in the air and one coach recruiting him even said, “I have no idea to be honest” when asked if he would decide during the early period.
At one point Brandon Ingram, Scout.com’s No. 26 recruit, was expected to announce during the early period. But since finishing up his last visit to UCLA, Ingram has been silent. Ingram is considering Duke, Kansas, Kentucky North Carolina, N.C. State and UCLA.
There have also been rumblings about possible decisions during the early period from Brandon Sampson
. He hasn't indicated whether he will decide during the opening period.
WHO IS WAITING
It looks like there will be plenty of talented recruits waiting until the spring to make their college choices.
By my count there are definitely 15 players set to wait and I’m betting that actually ends up being more like 18 or so. To get an idea, this time last year 10 of the top 100 players opted to wait things out.
The top 100 player that are planning to wait to make their decisions are Jaylen Brown
, Ivan Rabb
, Cheick Diallo
, Caleb Swanigan
, Malik Newman
, Carlton Bragg
, Stephen Zimmerman
, Antonio Blakeney
, Ted Kapita Thomas Bryant
, Ted Kapita, Tyler Dorsey
, Marcus LoVett
, Traci Carter
and K.J. Walton
Outside of John Calipari, no coach has had more success on the recruiting trail than Sean Miller in recent years.
Miller’s last four recruiting classes have all ranked among the top five classes in the nation and this years crop of talent is shaping up to be the best.
At this point, Miller holds commitments from five-star prospects Ray Smith, Allonzo Trier and Justin Simon
, plus top 50 recruit Chance Comanche
The crazy thing is the Wildcats aren’t done and still have at least one more scholarship. Among the players they are still involved with are elite big men Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman.
WHO ENDS UP NO. 1?
This is an interesting debate just because of the sheer number of recruits that will still be left on the board when the first signing period ends.
At least five and maybe six of the top 10 are going to be spring decisions, so there will be plenty of room for movement with the class rankings in the spring. With that said, Arizona and Kentucky are the two schools with the greatest chances of ending up at the top of the recruiting class rankings.
As mentioned above, Arizona currently has the best recruiting class in the country with commitments from players ranked No. 12, No. 13, No. 17 and No. 44. If they were to add one of Rabb or Zimmerman, that class would be tough to beat.
Kentucky’s only current pledge is No. 61 Charles Matthews
. But I believe they are the leader for Skal Labissiere and are right there with Isaiah Briscoe. If they enter the spring with those three they’ll be in prime position to get to the top spot for the sixth time in the last seven years.
But why does this set them up for spring success? The Wildcats are also involved with the nation’s top player – Jaylen Brown – as well as Rabb, Diallo, Swanigan, Newman, Bragg, Zimmerman, Blakeney, Ingram and Jones. Calipari won’t miss on all of them.