Johnson latest in class for ages

Dakari Johnson

With four five-star recruits a kid knocking right on the door of that status the potential is there for there to be five freshmen starting in Lexington next season.

The Kentucky Wildcats recruiting run has been well documented. Ever since going to Lexington from Memphis, John Calipari has been on an unprecedented recruiting roll. After No. 1 classes the last four years, Calipari is once again doing it big, and this year it has been special.

The standard that all recruiting classes will forever be measured against is the Fab Five at Michigan. While that group didn't win a national title, it was five freshmen starting on back-to-back national runner up squads, and that is something that hadn't been seen before and hasn't been seen since.

In 2013 it looks like Kentucky is putting together a class that could do something very similar. By landing Dakari Johnson, the Wildcats now have five-stars at four different positions. Included in that is three players, Johnson as well as Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison, who are the No. 1 rated prospects at their spot.

Having four five-star recruits, a high four-star recruit, and a three-star in Derek Willis, the Wildcats have put together the finest class we have seen in quite some time, and a class that might be in a position to do exactly what the Fab Five did when they had their time in the spotlight.

While there is no guarantees on who will stay and who will leave from this year's Kentucky squad, it is a pretty good bet that Alex Poythress, Nerlens Noel, and Archie Goodwin will all declare for the NBA Draft as all are projected lottery picks.

With that it is possible that the Cats could start five freshmen from day one next year. Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison will definitely be the two starting guards, and then James Young is the likely starter on the wing.

Up front depending on the future of current Wildcat Willie Cauley-Stein, it is possible that Marcus Lee could start at the power forward spot, even though his natural position is center, while Johnson mans the middle for a team that will have big time talent.

It is of course impossible to say for sure that Calipari will go this route, but it is possible that five freshmen could be in the starting lineup for Kentucky next season, and with four of them being in the top 15 in the country currently as recruits, this class should go down as one of the all-time greats.

As scary as this class is, and as much as it is a lock to be the No. 1 class for the fifth year in a row in Lexington, things aren't yet finished. Kentucky still has its eyes on Julius Randle and Andrew Wiggins. Randle will be a big time battle with in-state Texas as well as Florida and North Carolina State and Wiggins has Florida State right there with Kentucky, but if the Wildcats somehow land one or both of them, this should go down as the best class ever.

Still even without any more additions this group at Kentucky is very good, and UK fans could be seeing their own version of the Fab Five with freshmen making up the starting lineup from day one.

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