Wells: Lofton in no hurry to make decision

Chris Lofton's recruitment is heating up after an impressive Sweet Sixteen performance. ITV spoke at length with Mason County Head Coach Kelly Wells this afternoon about Lofton's recruitment and received the inside scoop on the 6'2 sharp shooter.

Lofton not rushing decision

6'2 Chris Lofton of Mason County High School, who scored 39 points, draining 9-12 three pointers against Ballard in the state championship game and named the Sweet Sixteen MVP last week in Lexington, is in no hurry to make his collegiate choice, according to Mason County Head Coach Kelly Wells.

Wells, who's team spent yesterday celebrating in Frankfort with the Governor Patton, spoke with Inside theVille just days after winning his first state championship and talked at length about his star guards recruitment.

And the two most prevalent questions on Louisville fans minds these days in regards to the sharp shooting Lofton... are the Cards still the favorite and is Coach Pitino's offer still on the table?

"That offer is still there," Wells said of the scholarship offer extended earlier by the Cardinals coach.

But it's not quite as clear whether or not the Cardinals remain in the drivers seat for Lofton.

"Obviously UofL is ready to go," Wells said, "but Chris is not in any rush to commit." 

Wells said the Cards are still heavily involved in Chris' recruitment and would like Lofton to commit and noted that Lofton's father is a huge UofL fan.

So what is holding up a Lofton commitment to the Cards?

"Chris doesn't want to deal with it yet and he wants to be 100% sure in his mind [before making a decision]," Wells explained.

According to Wells, Cincinnati assistant coach Keith Legree and Indiana assistant coach Brock have been pursuing Lofton very hard.

Wells seemed to indicate that Louisville and Cincinnati were the front runners but wouldn't agree to that when asked specifically.

"It's more than a two horse race at this point," Wells said.

Besides the Cards, Cincinnati, Dayton, Western Kentucky and Marshall have also offered scholarships, and Ohio State and Oklahoma have just started to enter the picture, according to Wells.

Noticeably absent from the list was Kentucky.

Wells said Kentucky still was not involved in Lofton's recruitment to any significant extent.

Wells said that Lofton would be playing for the Mason County High School AAU team this summer instead of for the Kentucky Elite. 

Lofton and Mason County will play in the And One team camp, the First Annual Eddie Ford team camp June 12-14, and the PRP Classic June 7-8.

Lofton also will attend both the Nike All American Camp in Indianapolis and the adidas ABCD camp in Teaneck, New Jersey this summer, providing plenty of national exposure for the sharp shooting guard.




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