Recruit Report: Arizona, Kentucky lead the way

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The NCAA's week-long, early-signing period in basketball ended a few weeks ago and the big recruiting winners were Arizona and Kentucky.

Most scouting services have Arizona and Kentucky 1-2 in team recruiting rankings for the class of 2012. One notable aspect is both teams are coached by former Pittsburgh-area residents -- Sean Miller at Arizona and John Calipari at Kentucky.

But things could still change at the top of the recruiting rankings somewhere down the line. That's because Shabazz Muhammad still hasn't made a college decision. Muhammad, a 6-6 forward from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, is considering both Arizona and Kentucky, along with Duke, Texas, Kansas, UCLA, USC and Texas A&M.

Arizona landed four players in the top 50 in the country, according to Rivals.com. They are 7-foot center Kaleb Tarczewski of Southborough, Mass., forward Brandon Ashley of Oakland, shooting guard Gabe York of Orange, Calif., and forward Grant Jerrett of La Verne, Calif.

Kentucky signed three players, including 6-10 center Willie Cauley of Olathe, Kans. Cauley is the son of former Pitt player Willie Cauley , but the younger Cauley has said his father has never been a part of a his life.

Kentucky's other two recruits are shooting guard Archie Goodwin of Little Rock and forward Alex Poythress of Clarksville, Tenn.

One of the biggest surprises in the early signing period was Providence. Rivals.com ranks the Friars' class No. 6 in the country. They landed two of the top players in the country -- point guard Kris Dunn of New London, Conn., and shooting guard Ricardo Ledo of Notre Dame Prep (Mass.).

North Carolina State was another recruiting surprise.

Pitt has only two recruits in its class so far -- Steven Adams , a highly touted 6-10 forward originally from New Zealand who is playing at Notre Dame Prep (Mass), and 6-3 point guard James Robinson of DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) -- but the Panthers are ranked No. 9 in Rivals.com, No. 10 in ESPN Rise and No. 15 in scout.com.

There is another signing period for basketball beginning in April.

Holtz looking elsewhere

Shaler football player J.P. Holtz has definitely changed his mind about attending Penn State because of the child sexual abuse scandal. Holtz called interim Penn State coach Tom Bradley last week to inform him of the news. Holtz had made a verbal commitment to Penn State this summer.

Holtz will likely choose between Purdue or Pitt.


Mike White: mwhite@post-gazette.com


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