Three of UK’s biggest basketball recruits (literally) were on Florida’s campus Saturday.
And they tweeted all about it.
2013’s Julius Randle, 2014’s Dakari Johnson and 2015’s Karl Towns were all in Gainesville over the weekend. Randle was taking his second official visit, after using his first on a trip to Lexington last month. Johnson, who went to middle school in Lexington, and Towns, who played for John Calipari’s Dominican team, were there on unofficial visits.
The highlight of the weekend was the football game between the No. 10 Gators and fourth-ranked LSU, and it didn’t fail to impress. Florida knocked off the previously undefeated Tigers, 14-6.
Randle tweeted a photo from inside the Florida locker room before the game. He also tweeted one of a live gator earlier in the day. Later, Randle sent out a shout out to Florida commitment Kasey Hill, who also visited along with fellow commitment Chris Walker. Florida is ranked just behind Kentucky with the No. 2 class in the country, and the Gators are seen by many as UK’s main competition to land Randle.
Johnson posted a montage of photos from his day (above), including one shot of himself and Towns dwarfing Florida Coach Billy Donovan and several pictures of a jam-packed Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Johnson, a 6-foot-10 center, has ties to Lexington and former UK forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but he’s now playing high school ball in Florida, and the Gators seem to be near the top of his list.
Towns spent most of his tweets talking about the weather. It was “hotter than a oven,” apparently. But he, too, posted a picture of himself with Johnson from the football game. Towns, who is just a sophomore, made headlines when Calipari added him to the Dominican national team for Olympic qualifying over the summer. The 6-foot-10 forward is the unanimous No. 1 recruit from the class of 2015.
All in all, it looks like Florida put on an impressive weekend for an impressive group of recruits.
Of course, UK will have its turn next week. Big Blue Madness is always a crowd-pleaser, and Calipari is expected to bring several top prospects to Lexington for the event. The current guest list includes the Harrison twins, Derek Willis, Marcus Lee, Andrew Wiggins, Cliff Alexander and JaQuan Lyle.