Calipari zeroing in on another top class

The commitment of Anthony Davis places Kentucky in the driver's seat for a third consecutive top ranked recruiting class.

When John Calipari left Memphis to coach the Kentucky Wildcats the most daunting task facing him was elevating the talent level. Approximately 16 months after taking the job it is evident that Calipari has not only elevated the talent level, but is recruiting high level players at an extraordinary pace.

With the addition of Anthony Davis to the class of 2011 commitments from Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague the Kentucky coach has placed the Wildcats in position to land their third consecutive #1 ranked recruiting class.

KSR's Larry Vaught spoke to Scout's Evan Daniels regarding Calipari's current crop of verbally committed recruits.

"It's going to take a lot for someone to top the recruiting class that Calipari has orchestrated. For the third year in a row he's primed to hold onto the top spot in's recruiting class rankings," said Daniels.

What does Daniels think of the three-man class at present?

"You would be hard pressed to find a better three-man class," Daniels said. "The trio consists of a big-time point guard, a high level wing prospect and a versatile four man that has a major ceiling. Calipari is at it again and he continues to bring in elite talent."

Calipari is not likely finished with the Class of 2011. The Wildcats recently entertained Bowling Green's Chane Behanan for an unofficial visit. The Wildcats are also in pursuit of a number of other top players in the class.

Calipari has elevated Kentucky to the place to be for today's highly rated players. He has an established reputation for playing young players and fast-tracking their development. The Kentucky coach also employs a fast paced style of play that today's elite kids like to play. It is certainly a huge plus that Calipari is a relentless recruiter.

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