Originally published 9/13
We don’t yet know who, and we don’t yet know when the public announcement will come, but the University of Kentucky says that they have received a verbal commitment from a high school student in the class of 2023. Specifically, they say that it is a female recruit.
This is the first announcement we’ve seen for a commitment in the class of 2023, and is the trickle that will soon open the floodgates for the rising high school juniors.
Coaches were first allowed to formally contact this class of commits on June 15 of this year. Official visits, which were reinstated this summer after a COVID shutdown, were allowed to begin on August 1.
The class contains one Olympian already – Bella Sims from the Sandpipers of Nevada. She’s best known as a distance freestyler, but people around Las Vegas tease that Sims’ versatility goes well beyond the events that earned her a spot in Tokyo. Still, her 4:32 in the 500 free is a time that will instantly make her an NCAA title contender as a freshman, and she’s the rare 500 freestyler who is a legitimate five-relay contributor as well.
On the women’s side, this isn’t as deep of a class as we’ve seen in prior years, especially not the class of 2022. The boys’ group looks a little better so far overall, led by #1 recruit Will Modglin from Indiana and including National Age Group Record breaker Keaton Jones of Arizona (#5).
One of the more interesting commitments will be that of the #2 recruit Rex Maurer from Loyola High School in Southern California. His mom, Lea, is on the coaching staff at USC, but his older brother Luke is on the team at Stanford. He’s also a double-legacy of the Stanford swimming program: his dad Erik was an NCAA Champion there in the 50 free, and his mom Lea was an NCAA Champion there in the 100 back and 20 back (as well as an Olympic medalist).
Meanwhile, while most of the top names in the class of 2022 have made up their minds a year before they are due to arrive on campus. There are still a few big grabs left, along with a lot of depth. Here are the top remaining boys and girls who have not announced a commitment in the class of 2022.
See the class of 2022 databases below: