John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats love to recruit against Kansas. Willie Cauley (Spearville, Kan./Olathe NW) is the top talent in Kansas this year and his commitment would typically be a big feather in Calipari's cap except for one small detail: Kansas wasn’t a player for Cauley. Instead of besting recruiting rival Bill Self, Calipari snuck one by Frank Martin and the Kansas State Wildcats. Cauley was KSU’s top target.
Alabama, which also has a Top 50 player from Kansas on its roster, was heavily involved and Florida received a visit as well. However, the Mokan Elite standout, ranked No. 32 in the ESPNU 100, went with Kentucky. No, he’s not going to play football either, though UK could use him. Cauley, who lives with former NFL great Will Shields, played football for the first time this year.
Cauley is long, can run and is poised to be a defensive impact player. Offensively, Cauley has to find a scoring move and a comfort zone. If he can close his senior year in a role as dominant player and a big producer, he’ll be that much closer to reaching his potential. The kid has an NBA body.
Cauley told a number of coaches that were recruiting him that he wanted to be one and done. I get that, who doesn’t? The reality is while Cauley is a major talent; he’s going to need time to develop. You always hope that kids realize this when they make decisions.