5-star recruit Jeremiah Robinson-Earl down to Kansas and Villanova


Kansas basketball recruits, from left to right, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Cassius Stanley and James Wiseman, take in the scene at Late Night in the Phog on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

Kansas basketball recruits, from left to right, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Cassius Stanley and James Wiseman, take in the scene at Late Night in the Phog on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. by Kyle Babson

According to a Thursday text message sent from Jeremiah Robinson-Earl's mother, Katie Robinson, to recruiting insider Matt Scott, the No. 10-ranked player in the 2019 recruiting class is down to two programs — Kansas and Villanova.

Robinson-Earl has long been at the top of KU's wish list in the 2019 class and he remains there as his recruitment nears an end.

Earlier this month, Katie Robinson told Scott that her son would make a decision in the next few weeks and many have speculated that it could come on or before his birthday, Nov. 3.

The IMG Academy forward who hails from Kansas City and played his first three years of high school ball at nearby Bishop Miege High eliminated Arizona, North Carolina and Notre Dame from his list of finalists.

In doing so, the race to the finish is down to two programs that have crossed paths a lot during recent years. KU and Villanova met deep in the NCAA Tournament in both 2016 and 2018 and the two will square off on Dec. 15 at Allen FIeldhouse this season in the first installment of a home-and-home clash that will end up being part of the recently announced Big 12-Big East series slated to begin next season.

Beyond that, Jay Wright and Bill Self have led their programs to the most success of just about any program in the country during the past five years, constantly factoring into the national championship picture and winning a lot of games along the way.

While KU has always been a big player in Robinson-Earl's recruitment, Villanova has made its move late.

Kansas assistant Norm Roberts was at IMG earlier this week to check in on Robinson-Earl, who, at 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, is the definition of a five-star prospect who can do just about whatever he wants on the basketball floor. recruiting analyst Eric Bossi recently wrote, "Kansas has been considered the team to beat for some time, but Villanova has made a strong case to get this deep into the recruitment. It’s a closer call than many figured it would be."


Karen Mansfield-Stewart 5 months ago

I assumed it would be a KU vs. UNC battle. Losing Jeremiah to Villanova would be a bitter pill to swallow!

Matt Tait 5 months ago

I agree. I thought UNC was going to be the team KU had to fight off for JRE, but the current reality just speaks to how impressive Nova has been in recruiting him and making it to his final two. Guessing we'll know something in the next 7-10 days and everything I'm hearing is that it's too close to call at the moment.

Steve Corder 5 months ago

Like a thoroughbred down the stretch, coming from behind, is Villanova and Jay Wright with 2 N Championships and no New York trial distraction. Too close to call? Maybe. But I'd put even money on Villanova.

Craig Carson 5 months ago

the 2 recent NC isnt what will hurt KU its the FBI trial..I think KU still pulls it out..Wright is only is this hint because of his recent success..i think Wright is kind a like Izzo when it comes to OAD type of players..their coaching style isnt suited for OAD led teams

Craig Carson 5 months ago

Nova has beaten KU 3 straight times on the court..KU nation NEEDS this to go there way..especially with all the crap they've been through these last 2 weeks..Wright wont know what to do with a kid this highly ranked LOL

Len Shaffer 5 months ago

PLEASE don't let us lose to Nova AGAIN!

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