There was a time when it appeared that Jeff Withey, the 7-foot-0, 220-pound center from Horizon High School in San Diego, Calif., was going to take his time with the recruiting process. High-major programs from across the United States were showing an increased interest in the No. 55 ranked player in the class of 2008, so it looked like Withey was going to take his time before making a decision. According to the four-star prospect, those plans have changed.
"Everything about the unofficial visit to Kansas was good," said Withey. "My family and I enjoyed the visit and it was a good experience. I got to Lawrence on Thursday and played in some pickup games with the guys. My family and I also toured the campus, which was a nice experience.
"I spent time with Coach Kurtis Townsend," he added. "I also spent a little time with Coach Bill Self, which was also nice. I had talked to Coach Self and Coach Townsend on the phone, but it was nice to spend a little time with them during my visit. Overall, it was a great visit."
Withey, the No. 9 ranked center in the class, recently trimmed his list of schools to Kansas, Louisville, Georgetown, Texas, Syracuse and Washington. KU, Texas and Louisville are just some of the schools that Withey has unofficially visited throughout his recruitment.
According to Withey, he was impressed with what he saw during his trip to Kansas. With his visit to Lawrence complete, it appears he might be ready to put an end to his recruitment in the near future.
With a possible decision looming, it appears that two schools have emerged as the teams to beat for Withey. Unless something changes, the talented big man will decide between Kansas and Louisville.
"Right now, Kansas and Louisville are pretty much even," he said. "I'm going to go with my gut feeling. I'm going to talk with my family and coach before I do anything. I will probably commit within the next couple of weeks."
During his sophomore year at Horizon High School, Withey averaged 12-points, 11.9 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game. He connected on 64 percent of his field goals.