UK Coach John Calipari and five-star recruit Caleb Swanigan have been seeing a lot of each other lately.
The latest visit came Monday, when Calipari and UK assistant coach Barry “Slice” Rohrssen traveled to Fort Wayne, Ind., to see Swanigan participate in an open gym at his high school.
It was at least the third time in the past few weeks that UK’s coaches have met with Swanigan, who took an unofficial visit to Lexington earlier this month and hosted Calipari, Rohrssen and Kenny Payne for an in-home visit in September.
Homestead High School Coach Chris Johnson said the UK coaches have made an impression.
“They’re great to talk to,” Johnson told the Herald-Leader. “They’re great men. And they’re obviously at the top of their game, getting the best people out there to come to their school. I thought it was a good day for everybody.
“Obviously they think very highly of him. They want him. Whenever the head coach is there (it’s a statement).”
Calipari was the only college head coach at Homestead that day, but Johnson said there’s been a steady stream of visitors to see Swanigan since the live recruiting period began Sept. 9.
Scout.com and ESPN both rank the 6-foot-8, 265-pound prospect as the No. 8 overall player in the class of 2015. Johnson said Swanigan enjoyed his visit to UK, which coincided with Calipari’s NBA-style “combine,” though the high school coach noted that his star player hasn’t said a negative thing about any of the schools recruiting him.
That list remains long and includes the top programs in the country. Swanigan, who moved up from the class of 2016 earlier this year, has not yet narrowed his recruiting focus to a set number of schools.
“He’s just weighing all of his options and seeing what best suits him,” Johnson said. “I don’t think he’s going to do anything until the spring.”
Swanigan visited Arizona last weekend and might take a trip to see California’s campus this weekend, though Johnson could not confirm the latter visit.
Since there’s no timetable for Swanigan to cut his list of schools — let alone make a college decision — he will almost certainly be an uncommitted recruit when Homestead travels to Lexington in late November for the Joe B. Hall and Denny Crum Bluegrass Showcase at Dunbar High School.
Homestead is scheduled to play two games in that event, which will take place Nov. 28-29 and feature several other UK recruits.
Johnson is actually coming to town before those games.
The Homestead coach and two of his assistants plan to be in Lexington on Saturday morning to watch the UK basketball team practice. Johnson said they’re also hoping to find some tickets to see the football Wildcats play No. 1-ranked Mississippi State later in the day.
“I’m looking forward to getting down there,” he said. “From my standpoint, I’ve always been a Kentucky fan and they play great basketball. My sister lives in Kentucky. So I’m pretty familiar with it. We’re looking forward to the visit.”