We’re officially in football season which means two things.
- Football, duh.
- Basketball recruiting quietly begins to heat up again.
It’s been a disappointing, albeit somewhat unsurprising, start to the 2020 class after Cam’Ron Fletcher spurned the home state for Kentucky. However, the Tigers are still in the thick of things with several highly-rated targets, including two of the original “Big Three” recruits — Caleb Love and Josh Christopher.
Love has set a visit date to Columbia, and now so has Christopher... in a sense.
First of all....I don’t know how this got released im tripping. And secondly since it got leaked the Mizzou game is against Florida, not FL state! https://t.co/rv9mRo5Jt0— Josh(ua) Christopher (@Jaygup23) August 25, 2019
247Sports spoke with Christopher’s father yesterday, and he gave a little insight into the visit schedule. We’ve extrapolated the visit information and laid it out below.
October 11: Unofficial to Kentucky (Big Blue Madness)
January 24: Official to UCLA (vs. Arizona State)
February 8: Official to Michigan (vs. Michigan State)
Unscheduled: Official to Kentucky (vs. Georgia); Unofficial(s) to Arizona State; Official to Missouri (vs. Florida)
It’s hard to read into anything too much here, especially with several visits currently unscheduled. That being said, it’s also hard to ignore the fact that Christopher currently has two visits scheduled to Kentucky.
This could mean nothing. After all, recruits usually take multiple visits before making their final decision, as evidenced by the fact Arizona State could get more than one look during the season. Christopher has even already visited Columbia.
Still, the tea leaves haven’t been in Missouri’s favor for a while now, and Kentucky appears to be trending up in these sweepstakes. Like the situation with Fletcher, it’s not all that surprising — few programs in the country can match the Wildcats’ sales pitch. But it would be a bitter pill to swallow seeing two of the Tigers’ top three targets headed to an in-conference rival.
Never say never with Cuonzo Martin, though. He works in mysterious ways, and he’ll have at least one more opportunity to sway the California product to bring his talents to CoMo.