Guard Adam Williams of West Virginia also will be making an official visit, but he verbally committed to UK over a year ago. He's not considered a blue-chip recruit. Of course, Kentucky senior guard Gerald Fitch wasn't four years ago, either, and now he's a preseason all-Southeastern Conference pick.
Smith needs to land a premier recruit
Smith needs to land a premier recruit, something he did not do last year and has failed to do this year. He's recruited highly touted players like Tayshaun Prince, Keith Bogans and Chuck Hayes, but the highly ranked recruits have been few and far between for Smith recently.
Pitino hasn't had that trouble since coming to Louisville. He's put together a banner class already this year, and he's not ready to concede Morris, a 6-10 center, to UK or Georgia Tech.
Crawford, a guard, originally committed to Michigan before deciding to look at other schools. That's basically what UK sophomore Kelenna Azubuike did two years ago when he committed to Oklahoma before signing with Kentucky.
Bradley, another guard, has been rumored to have UK at the top of his list for several weeks. However, he's held off making a commitment.
Morris and Crawford are both considered top 20 recruits and would make UK's recruiting class, which will also include transfer Patrick Sparks. Bradley is not as highly rated, but he's also highly regarded.
A few months ago it looked like Kentucky would have a recruiting class that would equal Louisville, or anyone else. Then high-profile recruits that had the Cats high on their list started picking other schools.
The most recent was Florida guard Jason Rich, who chose Florida State over Kentucky. Florida State?
He was thought to be leaning to Kentucky when he made his visit, but he left without making a commitment and apparently decided a chance to play early at Florida State meant more than Kentucky's tradition of winning seasons.
Smith has two scholarships left for his 2004 recruiting class. If he can pull two commitments out of Crawford, Bradley and Morris it will be a successful recruiting year. If not, then more questions are going to come about UK's recruiting woes, especially with the success Pitino is having at Louisville.