Willie Cauley close to making decision
About a month ago Kansas State waited anxiously for the official college commitment from 5-star wing Perry Ellis of Wichita (Kan.) Heights High School. Ellis, who was long considered a Jayhawk lean, ended up picking KU on his decision date and the Wildcats were still left without a student-athlete in their 2012 recruiting class.
Another scenario similar to Ellis’ is 5-star big man Willie Cauley. Head coach Frank Martin seems to be in better shape with this high school prospect as he has continued to recruit Cauley hard for some time. That could pay off, as Cauley, who everyone considers to have a strong Kansas State lean, has finished up his official visits to each school and his decision is taking place next. “I don’t think he’s favoring anyone right now,” his AAU coach Rodney Perry said. “He just finished up his visits and right now he’s weighing the pros and cons of each one of the schools.”
Cauley finished up his final visit this past weekend when he took a trip to the Manhattan, KS and took in Kansas State one week earlier then scheduled. The vibe around the visit was that it went well and Cauley enjoyed his two-day official visit with the Wildcats. He also visited Kentucky a week before for their Midnight Madness festivities and toured Alabama along with Florida as well prior to his final visit.
“He had good visits from each program he went to,” his AAU coach said. “There were things that he liked about each place and there were some things that he didn’t like. So it’s just a matter of what’s the best situation, the fit and the best system for him.”
Cauley is down to four schools and is scheduled to decide from Alabama, Florida, Kansas State and Kentucky next week via a press conference at his high school, Olathe (Kan.) Northwest, according to his AAU coach.
“He said he’ll make a decision next week,” Perry said. “He’ll have a press conference at his school.”
Many have speculated that Cauley is strongly considering Kansas State because of the stay-at-home factor. However, when asked that possibility, his AAU coach said staying close to home is not a factor at all.
You have to believe Kansas State has a great chance at landing the 6-11 in-state talent. He’ll be an instant impact to the frontcourt and could compensate for a lot of what the Wildcats lost in Curtis Kelly. Cauley is an instant defensive threat but his offensive game is up-to-par as well.
It’ll be interesting to see where he decides to call his home next year. Kansas State may not be sitting so pretty after all, but you have to like their chances.