​On Wednesday, Coach Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats launched themselves into the consensus No. 2 spot in the 2019 recruiting rankings with the ​commitment of five-star forward Kahlil Whitney. 

Whitney is the No. 19 overall prospect in the class according to 247Sports, and the No. 5 player at the small forward position. His commitment comes at a perfect time, after the whirlwind of confusion following ​D.J. Jeffries' de-commitment. 

Whitney chose the Wildcats over Oregon, Illinois, and Georgetown, and he is the second five-star prospect in their 2019 class so far.

​​Whitney's athleticism and intensity already distinguish him as a Kentucky-bred basketball player. He has good size and can hit the boards, but more importantly, he has a killer jump-shot, which will make him stand out at the NCAA level.

If this highlight video doesn't get you pumped about this young star, then you shouldn't consider yourself a Kentucky basketball fan.

Last year, Whitney led his high school team to a 24-0 undefeated season, and when he hits the court in 2019 with Tyrese Maxey and Dontaie Allen, their squad may be as dynamic as ​2018's.

The Kentucky Wildcats are now just under top ranked USC, who has secured two five-star and two four-star prospects. 

The 2019 race for top-ranked recruits is heating up, and Big Blue Nation just scored big with Kahlil Whitney.