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Craig Yeast’s son will not follow in his father’s footsteps to Kentucky.
A three-star wide receiver/defensive back, Russ Yeast committed to Kentucky in July of 2015. Almost a year later in June, he decided his father’s alma mater was not meant for him.
“I just don’t feel like it is the best situation for me. Some people can’t see why because my parents played sports there and all but in the end I’m the one going to school,” Yeast told The Cats’ Pause.
“Nothing happened between me and the coaching staff that forced me to make my decision nor did any in my family force me to make that decision; unlike what some reporters and people may think. I just need to take some time to back off and fully evaluate some of these other programs and make a proper decision.”
Four months later, Yeast is a Louisville Cardinal. Louisville was UK’s top competition while he was committed, and the Cardinals’ stock only grew stronger when the season started. After taking an official visit to UofL this weekend, he had seen enough.
Football recruiting has not created the buzz that it used to. Instead of sharing excitement after Yahtzees!, most would prefer it if you just got off their lawn.
Let Danny Clark inject some excitement into your life.
The night before Clark committed to Kentucky, the quarterback jumped over a guy into the end zone and it wasn’t the best part of the play.
— Ryan (@Isley23) October 22, 2016
For more X’s and O’s on Clark, check out this scouting report from Jack Pilgrim.
KSR heard good things about Danny Clark’s status earlier this week. Vince Marrow let out a little tease this morning, but the 18th-ranked QB in the class of 2017 couldn’t wait much longer.
Got a good feelin today BBN. Gonna be rollin some dice.
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) October 22, 2016
— 6 Weeks (@DClarkQB) October 22, 2016
The left-handed pocket passer from Columbus, Oh. wasted little time after removing his Ohio State pledge. He decommitted on September 27, he visited UK on October 8 and today he committed to UK in Lexington.
You’ll like what you see when you watch his highlights.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 19th, 2016 @ 10:27am
KSR’s sources on the football recruiting scene tell us Danny Clark is coming back to Lexington this Saturday, which just so happens to be the day he plans to commit. Knowing that, and what we’re hearing on the streets, you should go ahead and plan on Clark committing to the Cats this weekend.
The four-star quarterback took his official visit to Kentucky earlier this month, and said Darin Hinshaw is the kind of guy he could see in his wedding one day. He’s obviously very high on UK and the upcoming visit suggests he’ll soon pick the Cats.
Get in here, Danny. Bring your Ohio State tattoo and let’s do this.
We have an announcement date for Danny Clark, the former Ohio State commit. Clark tweeted his intentions of making his new commitment next Saturday, October 22.
I will be announcing my college decision next Saturday October 22nd. Excited to commit and focus on winning another state championship!
— 8 Weeks (@DClarkQB) October 14, 2016
The four-star quarterback was on UK’s campus recently and Kentucky is the heavy favorite in his recruitment.
He may have an Ohio State tattoo, but this would be a huge get for the Cats.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 10th, 2016 @ 4:00pm
This weekend, former Ohio State quarterback commit Danny Clark took an official visit to Kentucky for the Vanderbilt game, and, based on social media, enjoyed himself very much. Clark, considered the 18th best pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class by 247 Sports Composite, decommitted from his home state Buckeyes a few weeks back after they accepted a commitment from another QB. This was Clark’s first trip to Lexington, and this morning, he doled out some VERY high praise for Darin Hinshaw, tweeting that he could see UK’s quarterbacks coach “in the front row at my wedding”:
— 8 Weeks (@DClarkQB) October 10, 2016
Whoa. Clark brought his brother, 2020 tight end Caden Clark, along with him, and it looks like the two had a grand old time:
— 8 Weeks (@DClarkQB) October 10, 2016
— 8 Weeks (@DClarkQB) October 9, 2016
The 6’3″ Caden got an offer from Kentucky last Wednesday and has already received interest from Michigan State and Ohio State. Will we see both of the Clark brothers in blue and white?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 07th, 2016 @ 1:00pm
Remember Danny Clark, the 2017 quarterback that decommitted from Ohio State last week? After committing to the Buckeyes three years ago, Clark — a diehard Ohio State fan — parted ways with the program after they got a commitment from another quarterback and is now looking elsewhere. KSR is hearing Kentucky could be his next destination, and this weekend, Clark will be taking an official visit to Lexington. From the looks of it on Twitter, he’s “stoked”:
— 9 Weeks (@DClarkQB) October 7, 2016
Kentucky offered Clark a scholarship during his sophomore year and now, could be in the driver’s seat to land him. He’s considered the 18th best pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class by 247 Sports Composite and a four-star prospect by ESPN. Last season, he went 140-272 for 2,405 yards and 23 touchdowns for Archbishop Hoban High School, leading them to the Ohio state championship. Kentucky already has a commitment from Lafayette dual threat quarterback Walker Wood in the 2017 class, but this could be a nice addition, especially after Mac Jones flipped to Alabama.
Enjoy yourself, Danny. After watching your highlights, I’m willing to overlook that giant Ohio State tattoo on your arm:
Mark Stoops said Monday he hoped to have six or seven defensive linemen in the 2017 recruiting class. Unfortunately, Jabreel Stephens will not be one of them.
The three-star pass rusher from Tampa was one of Kentucky’s top targets. A top 50 defensive end in the 2017 class, he would have been the perfect fit in UK’s 3/4 defense.
Stephens camped at UK over the summer after receiving a scholarship offer in May. UofL got to him with an offer about a month before. He told 247 Sports he liked the fit of UofL’s scheme. I’m sure their top ten ranking helped quite a bit too.
Moving forward, Kentucky will first look to junior college prospects to provide immediate help on the defensive line. A name to keep an eye on in the 2017 class is Andrew Chatfield. The No. 11 defensive end from Ft. Lauderdale picked up an offer from UK earlier this week.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 27th, 2016 @ 10:38am
Last night, 2017 quarterback Danny Clark decommitted from Ohio State and KSR is hearing that Kentucky could be his next destination. The 6’4″ 225 lbs. Massillon, Ohio native committed to the Buckeyes three years ago, but announced he is reopening his recruitment last night in a lengthy and emotional post on Twitter.
“I have been forced to accept the fact that as a pro style QB, maybe my style of play would be a good fit elsewhere,” Clark wrote. “It is with a heavy heart, and with a clear conscience that I am officially decommiting from OSU, and will now open up my recruitment for the first time since this all began.”
Out of respect for coaches on OSU staff, I will not be answering any questions on this topic. Ever… pic.twitter.com/KCUR4ZzcaA
— 10 Weeks (@DClarkQB) September 27, 2016
Kentucky offered Clark a scholarship during his sophomore year and now, could be in the driver’s seat to land him. Clark is considered the 18th best pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class by 247 Sports Composite and a four-star prospect by ESPN. Last season, he went 140-272 for 2,405 yards and 23 touchdowns for Archbishop Hoban High School, leading them to the Ohio state championship.
Kentucky already has a commitment from Lafayette dual threat quarterback Walker Wood in the 2017 class. Of course, Mac Jones was also committed to Kentucky before flipping to Alabama earlier this summer.
Get to know Clark via his highlight reel:
Springfield, Oh. running back Bryant Koback has spent the first month of the football season scoring touchdowns (almost) every other play. Unfortunately, Koback’s senior season may have come to an end last night.
The Kentucky commit was carted off in an ambulance and is believed to have broken his fibula and tibia. He’s scheduled to have surgery later today according to Jordan Strack of WTOL-11 in Toledo.
The three-star back committed to UK in January. Just a week ago he ran for 373 yards and six touchdowns, an unbelievable performance that he made look easy. The thoughts and prayers of the BBN are with him during his recovery.
Bryant Koback of Holland, Oh. reportedly broke his tibia and fibula in his high school game tonight. A three-star running back in the 2017 class, Koback committed to Kentucky back in January.
Last week, Koback carried the ball 29 times for 373 yards and six touchdowns in a single game. This week he suffered an injury that, if it’s as bad as reported, will keep him out for the remainder of his senior season.
Tough news for the young man and we hope he has a speedy and full recovery. We’re looking forward to seeing him in blue this time next year.
The young man behind the most vicious dunk in 2016 also happens to be a football star who now holds a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky.
Jordyn Adams, a three-star athlete out of Blythewood, SC, tweeted the news Thursday afternoon:
Blessed to receive my 7th football offer from The University of Kentucky!! ⚪️🔵 pic.twitter.com/OWXeVbfcAz
— J2 (@jordynadams10) September 22, 2016
Adams, who is also the state’s top baseball player, became internet famous last month for this:
A video posted by Jordyn Adams (@jordynadams10) on
I don’t know how that translates to the football field, but he’s clearly an unreal athlete.
When the Kentucky football plane lands in Gainesville here in about an hour, Darin Hinshaw will hop in a car and drive two hours to Lake Mary High School, where Mac Jones will be playing later tonight. Our source close to the Jones situation tells us the four-star QB expects to see the Kentucky QBs coach at his game.
This just goes to show Kentucky isn’t giving up on Jones and won’t let him slip away to Alabama easily, despite Jones’ commitment to the Tide. The staff still believes Kentucky is close to Jones’ heart and that they’ll be able to sign him in the end.
And shout-out to the convenience of the Florida game for assisting UK in the recruitment.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 09th, 2016 @ 3:19pm
Kentucky will host Enoch Smith Jr., a former Michigan State defensive lineman, at some point this fall for an official visit.
Justin Rowland over at Rivals broke the news shortly after the 6-foot-2, 293-pounder received his offer from the Cats.
— Enoch Smith Jr. (@ESmithJr_56) September 9, 2016
Enoch Jr. saw limited action as a redshirt freshman last season, after sitting out his true freshman year. He came to East Lansing as a four-star prospect and the 20th-ranked defensive tackle in the class in 2014.
Junior college was the original plan once Enoch Jr. left the Sparty program, but now he’s considering a direct transfer to a major program and Kentucky was the first to reach out.
We’ll keep eyes on this one.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 29th, 2016 @ 10:00am
On Saturday night, future UK quarterback Walker Wood led his Lafayette Generals to a 47-21 win over Boyle County by rushing for 188 yards and four touchdowns and throwing for two more touchdowns. Wood’s incredible performance was capped off by a thrilling 63-yard touchdown that was so good it was ranked the 6th best play of the weekend on SportsCenter’s Top 10. Watch Wood recover a bad snap and shake off seven defenders on his way down the field:
Here’s the call from the game if you want to see it again:
Wood’s already a favorite for Kentucky’s Mr. Football Award, and performances like this are why. Well done, sir.