Two of Shaka Smart’s top 2018 targets will be on the Forty Acres this weekend as the Texas Longhorns are set to host Oak Hill Academy (Va.) shooting guard Keldon Johnson and Portland Jefferson (Ore.) power forward Kamaka Hepa, per ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.
Texas hosts top target Keldon Johnson this weekend, along with ESPN 100 forward Kamaka Hepa.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) September 1, 2017Advertisement
A pair of four-star priority prospects from out of state, Johnson and Hepa are arguably Smart’s top two targets this cycle.
Friday will serve as one of Johnson’s four planned official visits, as he has trips to Florida State, North Carolina State and Maryland scheduled throughout September.
The ‘Horns were considered the heavy favorite in Johnson’s recruitment prior to a recent offer during a visit to Kentucky. The Wildcats now hold the slight edge in Johnson’s Crystal Ball. He’s ranked as the nation’s No. 15 player, No. 2 shooting guard and the No. 1 player in Maryland, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Hepa recently unofficially visited the Forty Acres in mid-June and remains a favorite to side with the Longhorns. The 6-foot-9, 210-pound prospect also has an official visit to Gonzaga set for next weekend.
Hepa is ranked as the nation’s No. 52 player, No. 13 power forward and the No. 1 player in Oregon.
To date, Smart’s 2018 class consists of a pair of in-state pledges from four-star Cibolo Steele small forward Gerald Liddell and local three-star Austin Westlake small Brock Cunningham. Liddell and Cunningham each committed in August, giving Texas the top-ranked class in the Big 12.
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