It was anticipated after the summer when Kahlil Whitney was offered by the University of Kentucky that he would end up picking the Wildcats, and on Wednesday John Calipari and his staff got the news they were looking for as Whitney committed to the program.

Whitney, who confirmed his commitment, picked the Wildcats over schools such as Oregon, Louisville, Georgetown, St. John's and numerous others who offered him during the process.

This is a big time get for the Wildcats. It shows that they can still jump in late in a recruitment and get their man, and they did just that here. Whitney was someone that Calipari spent a lot of time evaluating during July, and upon seeing him he decided to offer a scholarship. Once the offer came, Kentucky jumped to the top of Whitney's list, and it only took one official visit for this recruitment to be wrapped up.

A native of Chicago, Whitney now lives in New Jersey with his father, and he has made huge strides with his game in the past year. Always someone who has possessed great physical ability, Whitney has gotten more consistent with his jumper and his motor in the last year, and in turn he has now vaulted himself into the top 20 of the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Also it is worth noting that Whitney is going to rise even higher in the rankings when they are updated next, likely by the end of the month.

According to 247Sports Director of Scouting, Evan Daniels, the Wildcats landed one of the best prospects in the country.

"This is a big-time prospect," said Daniels. "I think he's steadily gotten better. He's got really impressive physical gifts. Wide, broad shoulders, long arms, a great build and the skill is starting to catch up. He's a good shooter with improved mechanics. He's improved consistently there and his upside is through the roof."

This is the third commitment for the Wildcats in the class of 2019, and their second five-star prospect. Whitney joins four-star in-state forward Dontaie Allen who committed to Kentucky right at the start of the month. Also five-star Tyrese Maxey committed to UK during the spring.

There is no doubt that the Wildcats are going to finish with one of the best recruiting classes in the country. Locking up Whitney was the plan for Calipari when he set the official visit so early in the process, and he was able to get the job done in short order on the same day that Kentucky begins its trip to the Bahamas.

Given Whitney's unique combination of size, athleticism and skill, Whitney should have a chance to compete for starting minutes with the Wildcats from the moment he steps on campus.