On national signing day in November, it appeared that Rick Pitino had finished up with the 2014 recruiting class after luring Louisville native Quentin Snider back to the good side at the last minute. Snider, along with Shaqquan Aaron, Chinanu Onuaku and Jaylen Johnson appeared to be the full 2014 class.
Fortunately for Rick Pitino, he received commitments from two 7-foot-2 prospects following national signing day. Matz Stockman, a Norwegian native signed with the Cards in late November and Anas Osama Mahmoud from Egypt verbally committed to Louisville early this week and is expected to sign very soon.
Six commitments is already more than were initially expected from the 2014 class and apparently Rick Pitino is still working. Four of the six commitments in the class are big guys and Coach Pitino is still evaluating more prospects for the front-line.
Jackson Davis, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound, power forward from Lafayette High School in Lexington, KY., has been one of the most talked about recruits in the 2014 class in recent weeks. Davis verbally committed to Rice, but never signed a letter of intent with the school and recently decided to reopen his recruiting.
A lot of the school’s who missed out at the power forward position when initially assembling their 2014 recruiting class are attempting to add Davis as a late edition. Louisville’s interest level doesn’t appear to be strong at this point, but they’ll watch Davis in action on Friday night.
Davis’ father tells Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal that the Louisville staff will be in attendance on Friday night as Lafayette takes on Henry Clay in the 11th Region Tournament. It was initially thought that Rick Pitino would be watching him to help out his son Richard, who is recruiting Davis pretty heavily at Minnesota. In a recent conversation with Louisville assistant coach Kevin Keatts, Davis’ father said he was assured that the Louisville program has interest as well.
“They’re coming to get eyeballs on him themselves, and they haven’t seen him play in person, but they’ve heard nothing but good things about how much he’s improved since the summer, when they saw him last,” Jonathan Davis tells the Courier-Journal. The elder Davis played for Rick Pitino when he was the head coach at the University of Kentucky.
247 Sports rates Davis as a three star prospect, but his list of scholarship offers would make you think otherwise. Alabama, Butler, Central Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt have offered scholarships since Davis reopened his recruiting.
The Kentucky Mr. Basketball finalist has had a tremendous senior season and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Davis is averaging 25 points and 13.6 rebounds this season for Lafayette High School.
As I mentioned, Louisville’s interest doesn’t appear to be serious at this point, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Pitino decides to pursue Davis. If Montrezl Harrell decides to leave early for the NBA, Akoy Agau and incoming freshman Jaylen Johnson would be the only power forwards on the roster.