KU coaching staff to check in on Williamson, Langford
It’s unknown whether five-star, Class of 2018 prospect Zion Williamson will sign during the upcoming, early signing period — Nov. 8-15 — or wait until the spring, but the No. 2-ranked player in the class continues to draw plenty of attention from coaches on the recruiting trail.
Adam Zagoria, of zagsblog.com, reported on Tuesday that Williamson was slated to receive visits from coaches at Kentucky and Clemson on Tuesday and would be getting visits from coaches at Kansas and Duke today.
The No. 2-ranked player according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings recently wrapped up official visits to those four schools and North Carolina. The Spartanburg, S.C., prospect also is considering South Carolina, and recent reports have indicated that all of those schools remain very much alive in their hunt for the 6-foot-6, 270-pound monster forward.
Williamson visited KU for Late Night in the Phog a month ago and seemed to enjoy himself most when the students chanted his name right before Lil Yachty took the Allen Fieldhouse floor to entertain the crowd.
Since that time, he has taken visits to both Kentucky and North Carolina and many have speculated that his Kentucky visit was incredible and may have put the Wildcats in the lead.
Here’s a quick look at the recent read on Williamson’s recruiting from three analysts at 247 Sports:
• Jerry Meyer — "If I were a Kansas fan, I wouldn't feel good about landing Zion Williams. Kentucky appears to be in a strong position.”
• Andrew Slater — "Zion Williamson is the most murky of the options. The challenge for Kansas will be distance, which has been an issue for his mother, his closest confidant. As with Romeo (Langford), Kansas presents a tremendous platform to showcase his unique ability, combined with his relationship with Devon Dotson and their Adidas ties, which one would have to be naive to ignore.”
• Matt Scott — “To me, Zion is a perfect fit at Kansas. Coach Self only needs to point to Josh Jackson when showing Zion what he can do with a versatile wing. Jackson played the 1-4 position at Kansas. He did that in one game. Zion, in my opinion, can do many of the same things we saw Jackson do. Over the next few months I think rumors will come and go about what school leads. I know Kansas is in the race and has done a terrific job in recruiting Zion to Kansas. It could be a month from now or well into the spring before we know his decision, but if Kansas lands Quentin Grimes to go along with Devon Dotson, chances could improve.”
According to Scott, KU coaches also are expected to check in on shooting guard Romeo Langford on Wednesday.
Langford made his official visit to KU last weekend and is closing in on a decision, with Indiana, Kansas and Vanderbilt seemingly the leaders at this point.