Jahlil Okafor announced Tuesday that he will take an official visit to Kentucky on Sept. 9.
Okafor — the No. 1 center in the class of 2014 — has previously said he would like to make a college decision before the start of his senior season. The 6-foot-11 native of Chicago has narrowed his list to UK, Baylor, Arizona, Michigan State, Ohio State, Kansas, Illinois and Duke.
Sept. 9 is the same date as the UK Alumni Charity Game, which will be played in Rupp Arena and will feature players from UK’s teams in 2010 and 2012.
The trip to Kentucky will be Okafor’s second official visit. He is scheduled to visit Baylor later this month with Tyus Jones, who many analysts consider the No. 1 point guard in the class. The two players have spoken often about attending the same school and plan to take multiple official visits together.
Jones’ high school coach told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday that he was unaware of any plans for Jones to visit UK in September but didn’t rule out the possibility. Jones was in Rupp Arena in January to see the Wildcats play Texas A&M. That was an unofficial visit.
Okafor is considered the No. 1 overall player in the class by Rivals, Scout and ESPN.
He said last month that he stays in regular contact with UK’s coaches and fellow big man Karl Towns, who is the Cats’ only commitment for the class of 2014.
“I’m really good friends with him,” Okafor said. “He texts me all the time. He’s really talkative, to say the least. He talks to me a lot about Kentucky and how much he loves it. How he thinks if we went there, we’d dominate.”