VAUGHT: Orton 90% sure still on board

As of today, Oklahoma City high school center Daniel Orton remains a strong commitment to the University of Kentucky.

As of today, Oklahoma City high school center Daniel Orton remains a strong commitment to the University of Kentucky.

"Right now, we are going to Kentucky. It could change, but we are 90 percent sure about Kentucky," said the player's father, Larry Orton, Thursday.

New Kentucky coach John Calipari flew to Oklahoma Wednesday — the same day he officially was named UK's coach — to meet with Orton, his father and Orton's brother, a former player at Oklahoma State.

"Everything went really well," said Larry Orton. "We just have to get some things straightened out in our minds and sit down as a family and talk about everything."

Larry Orton said it impressed him that Calipari came to see them before any other recruit. "It didn't make that big an impact on Daniel, but you have to remember he does not show any reaction. You could win a national title and he wouldn't be all emotional and celebrating. He's just not that way. But it impressed me," Larry Orton said.

He said Calipari talked about where Daniel Orton would fit into his offense and how he could help him improve his skills.

"It all just depends on who else he gets (to play next year) and how he would run the team. He was very honest and open with us," Larry Orton said. That's why as of now, Orton plans to play for the Wildcats just as he did when he signed his scholarship in November rather than ask for a release because coach Billy Gillispie was fired.

"Right now, we are going to Kentucky unless something changes, and we have all seen recently how fast things can change," Larry Orton said. "But as of now, we are still going to Kentucky."


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