As I was writing last night about how UK’s 2010 class is shaping up, little news from the Harris family’s visit to Lexington had yet emerged. That changed late last night and this morning.
ZagsBlog reports that Tobias and his father Torrel met with University President Lee Todd, whom Calipari has not been afraid to use as a resource for on campus visits:
“No. 1, he (President Todd) was just talking about when you get a degree from Kentucky, the degree is gonna help you throughout life,” Torrel said. “The network that Kentucky has can help their graduates in life. That’s one of the things he stressed. He also stressed that they’re putting in a good infrastructure. They encourage the players who go to the NBA to come back and get their degrees.
“No. 2, he stressed that he wanted to get Kentucky back on the elite level where the tradition is known as Kentucky basketball and that’s why they brought in Coach Calipari.
“And they wanted to bring in good, high-character kids and that’s why your son is here, Tobias.”
Torrel also spelled out Calipari’s recruiting strategy for 2010: 4 scholarships, 1 point guard to replace Wall, 1 wing player, 1 big man, and then one more player who fits well, which is about what I said last night.
Also, Tobias spoke with Dustin Rumbaugh of Kentucky Sports Radio and said that the visit definitely solidified UK being in the mix. Harris enjoyed seeing the facilities and having John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins to show off doesn’t hurt:
One familiar face Tobias noticed while on his visit was that of UK’s former top recruit and another former hot name from the AAU circuit. “I knew John Wall because we were on the same team at Reebok U. two years ago,” he said. Demarcus Cousins also greeted the Harris family in Lexington. The facilities and the fans are always big selling points for any recruit that UK is trying to attract and while describing what really stuck out to him on the visit, one could tell that this was point was not lost on Tobias, who said, “The facilities are all top of the line. The campus is nice and they have good fan support. They’ve got a great program.”