Willard visits Lofton at Mason County High
On the first day of the spring evaluation period, University of Louisville Assistant Coach Kevin Willard traveled to Mason County High School to evaluate Sweet Sixteen MVP Chris Lofton during open gym.
Mason County Head Coach Kelly Wells told ITV Willard stayed and watched Lofton play pickup for about 3 hours Wednesday afternoon. Wells indicated that Willard wanted to show that UofL was still highly interested in the 6'2 sharp shooter despite losing Mick Cronin last week. Cronin had been the lead recruiter for Lofton and had developed good relationships with both Lofton and the Mason County coaching staff.
However, it doesn't appear the Cards will lose a beat with Willard on the recruiting trail. According to Wells, Willard and one of his assistant coaches are good friends dating back to their days in Boston. And following the three hour open gym, Willard, Wells and the other assistant went out to dinner in Maysville and had a great time rehashing old "war" stories.
According to Wells, UofL's scholarship offer is still on the table but reiterated that Lofton, "is not in any hurry."
At one time, Lofton stated that the Cards led for his services. So where do the Cards stand now?
"They're right in there," Wells said. "I'd say there's three number ones right now."
And who would those three schools be?
Wells mentioned UofL and Cincinnati but didn't name the third school that he had in mind.
Might that third school be the University of Kentucky, the same school that has previously shown very little interest in Lofton?
"I'm shocked and frustrated," Wells said about Kentucky's lack of interest to this point, "because I know he's good enough to play anywhere in the country."
Wells indicated that Wildcat assistant Scott Rigot called at 9:30 this morning to set up a time to see Lofton.
Wells said UC, Marshall, Tennessee and West Virginia have all called and indicated they intend to stop by to see Lofton during this evaluation period.
Wells also cleared up the rumor that Pitino told Lofton not to play football next season. According to Wells, that rumor is not true, stating that the only mention Pitino ever made about football was asking Lofton what his intentions were on the gridiron next season. Wells was quite clear that nothing regarding football was causing problems in the Cards recruitment of Lofton.
Wells also cleared up another matter. Shortly after the State Championship, Wells told ITV that Lofton intended to play in both the Nike and ABCD summer camps.
However, tonight Wells said that Lofton will only attend the adidas ABCD camp in Teaneck, NJ because he won't be playing for the Nike based Kentucky Elite AAU team this summer.