Working with a school list of ten schools, four-star prospect Ralph Sampson III began his visitation schedule with an unofficial visit to Kentucky this weekend, and the Wildcats made a favorable impression of the 6-foot-11, 220-pound center from Duluth (Ga.) Northview High School.
"The visit went really well," said Sampson. "I was able to see where the players live and tour the campus. I saw the gym and the practice gym, which is really nice. I was also able to meet some of the players."
With a need to beef up its roster with interior players, Kentucky has Sampson as a prime recruiting target.
"Kentucky is recruiting other players, but I'm at the position they need the most," he said. "They said they need a strong four man and that I'm the guy they want."
Sampson, who has an unofficial visit scheduled for Clemson on Thursday and an official visit scheduled for Minnesota at a later date, said the visit to Lexington certainly improved Kentucky's standing in his recruitment.
"I feel better about Kentucky after the visit," he said. "I didn't know too much about them, but now I know a lot more. I wouldn't say they are a favorite, but I'm definitely very interested in them."
Along with Kentucky, Minnesota and Clemson, Sampson has Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Maryland, South Carolina, Auburn, California and UNLV on his school list.
He is the No. 76 ranked prospect in the Rivals150.
Ralph Sampson III scouting report:
A poised and skilled player with the basketball in his hands, Sampson has a soft shooting touch out to 17-feet. He can get in trouble at times putting the ball on the floor in traffic, but Sampson generally makes the right decision with the basketball. Not overly athletic, Sampson is, however, a smart defensive player, who uses positioning and fundamentals to succeed.