Great Crossing standout Malachi Moreno has emerged as one of the top high school prospects in the junior class. Standing 6-11, 200 pounds, the Georgetown, KY native is listed at No. 48 overall and No. 7 among centers in the 2025 On3 Industry Ranking. And his recruitment has exploded, earning offers from the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, NC State, Creighton, Florida, Penn State, Alabama, Southern Cal and LSU in recent months alone.
He’s coming off an unofficial to Indiana and previously told KSR he had upcoming trips scheduled to Arkansas (Sept. 9), Cincinnati (Sept. 16), Notre Dame (Sept. 23) and Tennessee (Sept. 30), along with an official to Iowa on Oct. 7.
Now he’s added three more unofficials, including one to Kentucky.
He’ll visit Michigan on Oct. 14 and Ohio State on Oct. 21 before making the short trip to Lexington on Oct. 28.
On3’s Joe Tipton was the first to report the new visits.
What does the four-star center think of the hometown Kentucky Wildcats?
“They’ve been pretty hard on me, but they’re one of the only ones that haven’t offered me yet. I think once I show I’m more physical and become a tougher player, eventually it’ll come,” he told KSR. “They say they like me and want to keep in touch. What they’ve told others is I need to be tougher and more physical, so that’s what I’m going to work on.”
What is he hoping to learn on these upcoming visits?
“How the school works and how the academics are because I’m a guy who prioritizes academics over anything else,” he added. “I just want to see how the academics are and see what’s the best fit for me.”
A final decision isn’t on the horizon — that’s going to take some time. He’s in no rush to make a commitment. When it does come time to choose a school, though, what will he be looking for?
“Probably just the camaraderie with my teammates and having fun,” Moreno told KSR. “College is the first step into the real world, so I just want to see what that looks like and have a lot of fun.”