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August 26th, 2019

BREAKING: LSU transfer Kelvin Joseph is on Kentucky’s campus

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Could Kentucky add a former top-50 prospect and four-star recruit to its current roster?

It’s currently looking that way.

Sources tell KSR that LSU transfer Kelvin Joseph is currently on Kentucky’s campus and is in the process of setting up a transfer to UK “very soon.”

As a freshman last year, Joseph played in 11 games for the Tigers, where he recorded 12 tackles and one pass breakup, including a career-best four tackles in a win over Ole Miss. He also saw action on special teams on LSU’s coverage units.

According to his player profile page on LSU’s official website, Joseph is a “tremendous cover corner with good ball skills and thee ability to make plays on the ball downfield. Has blazing speed. Physical player who is a good tackler. Has a knack for finding the football. Thrives in man coverage. Good hips with the ability to change direction with ease.”

Coming out of high school in 2018, Joseph was ranked No. 42 overall nationally by 247 Sports Composite. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound, who held offers from LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, and Georgia, among others, was also named a U.S. Army All-American.

On his Twitter page last month, he told teams interested in recruiting him that he is comfortable playing all positions in the secondary.

“You can recruit me as a corner/safety/nickel,” he said. “I’m all that.”

Check out some of his impressive high school highlight tapes:

Come on down, Mr. Joseph.


Makur Maker deciding between college and overseas, considering Kentucky

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One of the top prospects in the class of 2020 is deciding between playing overseas or going to college next year.

Makur Maker, a five-star center and consensus top-ten prospect out of Irvine, CA, is set to decide between playing at the college level next season or professionally for one year before entering the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-11 center told Evan Daniels of 247Sports that a decision is expected in the spring.

“I definitely want to see what RJ (Hampton) and LaMelo (Ball) do after this year and see how they play against these professionals,” Maker said. “It’s definitely appealing playing against grown men, although you’re playing against grown men in college too. Competition is going to be there no matter what.”

While he’d be able to make money immediately by going overseas, Maker admitted that there is still an advantage to playing at the college level, where he could build a brand and play under the national spotlight, one arguably larger than what he’d see overseas.

“The thing about college is you play on national TV every night so you’re getting that exposure from the country and basically the world. That’s very appealing to me,” he said.

One of the schools he is strongly considering at the next level if he chooses the college route? Kentucky.

His guardian, Ed Smith, told Daniels that he is in regular contact with UK head coach John Calipari and assistant coach Kenny Payne.

“I’ve kept him focusing on playing; now I’m going to open it up to the coaches,” Smith said. “From my perspective with Kenny Payne and Coach Cal they are straight with what they say. They want you to come to them when we figure out the pathway we are taking because everyone is wondering how much effort they should put into Makur.”

And in those conversations, Calipari has explained that Maker is a player that can make a major impact at the next level.

“Cal knows he can play at Kentucky, he knows what type of player he is and he knows he can help them. They came and made an in-home visit and they were strong about what the game plan could be.”

Outside of Kentucky, schools such as Oregon, UCLA, USC, and Washington State have also been in regular contact with Maker.

The five-star center told KSR at the NBPA Top 100 Camp that Kentucky was at the top of his priority list in terms of visits, with one potentially coming as early as this fall.

According to Daniels, Maker could also take college visits to UCLA and Howard in the coming months.

Until an official decision is made, check out some of his most recent highlights below:

Come on down.

(247Sports)


Isaiah Jackson will take an official visit to Lexington this weekend

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Kentucky will host a five-star power forward in Lexington this weekend.

According to Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com and KSR’s Sources Say Podcast, 2020 top-25 prospect Isaiah Jackson will be taking an official visit to Kentucky starting this Friday.

Jackson, the No. 21 prospect in the 247Sports Composite, holds offers from Michigan State, Louisville, Memphis, UCONN, Alabama, and Florida State, among others.

Playing with The Family at the Peach Jam back in July, Jackson averaged 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest. He also averaged 11 points and 6.2 rebounds per game during the Nike EYBL regular season.

The 6-foot-9, 195-pound power forward’s father recently told Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog that his recruitment is “open” at this time.

“Isaiah’s recruitment is open,” Wesley Jackson said. “Just about every school has voiced interest besides maybe North Carolina. That’s the only big school that we haven’t talked to.”

Sources tell KSR that Jackson is on the cusp of an offer from the Kentucky coaching staff, with one potentially coming during his upcoming visit to Lexington. While he is not seen as one of UK’s immediate priorities for the class of 2020, Jackson is an uber athletic prospect with high potential as a power forward at the college level.

Check out some of his most recent highlights below:


LIVE: Mark Stoops’ pre-Toledo press conference

Mark Stoops is about to meet with the media to preview Kentucky’s season opener vs. Toledo. Watch below courtesy of KyWildcatsTV: