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Four-Star Pass Rusher is Officially Visiting Kentucky this Weekend


One of the state’s most talented uncommitted prospects will take his final official visit this weekend with a trip to Kentucky.

Four-star edge rusher J.J. Weaver will make the short drive from Louisville to watch the Cats take on Vanderbilt.  Weaver is no stranger to Kroger Field.  In his most recent unofficial visit, the pass rusher watched Josh Allen dominate Mississippi State.

The timing of the visit works well for Kentucky.  UK gets the final pitch before he makes his decision in two weeks.  A Broward County, Florida native, Miami is UK’s toughest competition.  UofL, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Purdue are also finalists, but the Cats are in the driver’s seat and could close the deal this weekend.

If Vince Marrow can seal the deal, Weaver will be a game-changer. Take a look for yourself.

Weaver will not be the only recruit on campus.  There will be a number of underclassmen in attendance and a 2019 commit, DeMarcus Harris.  The wide receiver is making the trip from Florida for an unofficial visit.  He’s already posted some outstanding numbers this season — 1,142 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.  See some of Harris’ best work here.

Watch this Incredible Run from Wandale Robinson


Kentucky recruit, Wandale Robinson, is no stranger to the highlight reel and on Friday night he added to his extensive collection of impressive plays.

Watch as the Western Hills star spins out of two tackles and seemingly evades all other 21 people on the field.

In a 42-32 victory over Garrard County, Robison had a stat line of 288 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, a 35-yard touchdown pass, 16 tackles, five tackles for loss, one forced fumble & a sack. Sheesh.

Wandale Robinson will announce his commitment on November 1st, in honor of his late cousin. He will pick between Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio State, Nebraska, Purdue, and Michigan.

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UK Football offers 2020 in-state receiver, Reese Smith

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Mark Stoops and the rest of his staff have officially extended a scholarship offer to Kentucky’s own Reese Smith. The wide receiver, who is listed as 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, currently plays for Boyle County High School in Danville. He’s set to graduate in 2020.

As a junior, his numbers are already impressive: 27 catches for 536 yards and five touchdowns so far this season. 24/7 Sports has Smith listed as a three-star recruit and the No. 10 recruit in Kentucky. He’s already received offers from Tennessee, Cincinnati and Troy, among others. Check out some of his sophomore-season highlights here:

BBN, show the man some love on Twitter:

Kentucky fans love a Kentucky boy… just ask Kash Daniel. Reese Smith, come on down.


Cavon Butler will Visit Kentucky this Weekend


A week after receiving an offer from Ohio State, one Kentucky commit will visit UK’s campus for the first time.

Defensive tackle Cavon Butler told 247 Sports that he will make the trip from Toledo to Lexington this weekend.  Butler’s first visit to UK comes more than two months after he verbally committed.

“I’m still fully committed to Kentucky, and I’m going to be visiting there for the first time this weekend,” Butler said. “I talk to the coaches almost every day, and they are really good people at Kentucky. I’m 100% committed there, and this week’s visit might be an official but we are still talking about that.”

The lead recruited for Butler is Vince Marrow.  Butler still has official visits planned to Michigan State and Ohio State.  He’ll be in Columbus when the Buckeyes host Michigan.

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Jared Casey Commits to Oregon

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One of the best football players from the state of Kentucky will play college football outside of the Commonwealth.  Four-star Louisville Ballard linebacker Jared Casey announced he will attend the University of Oregon.

A top 300 player nationally, Casey is considered the No. 18 inside linebacker in the country, although he’ll likely play on the edge at the next level.

Casey’s path to recruiting stardom is one rarely used.  He flew under the radar as an unheralded recruit hampered by injuries, until he earned linebacker MVP honors at a Nashville Rivals camp.  Days later Oregon offered him a scholarship, narrowly beating Vince Marrow to the punch.

The Commonwealth has eight four-star prospects in the 2019 recruiting class.  Five have now committed to programs outside of the state.  As we learned earlier today, Marrow and Mark Stoops are in an excellent position to land the final three, as well as another talented linebacker from Louisville, Shawnkel Knight-Goff.

Insights into In-State Football Recruiting


The final uncommitted prospects in the state of Kentucky’s talented 2019 recruiting class will soon be making their decisions, beginning tonight with four-star linebacker Jared Casey.

To get a better feel for where UK stands with in-state recruits, I spoke to Dave Lackford on this morning’s Kentucky Roll Call.  Nobody is closer to the in-state recruits than the Rivals writer.  He was kind enough to tell us where UK stands before they make their final decisions.

The centerpiece for each player’s recruitment is Vince Marrow.  Once The Big Dog hit the trail around the Commonwealth this spring, things changed.

“The Cats weren’t really mentioned that much when I talked to these guys about who they were looking at in their top five or six.  I just started seeing Vince pop up at high school games and I thought to myself, ‘That’s odd.’  Then out of nowhere they started moving up on people’s lists.  Right now they’re in play for all the guys.”

Louisville used to be Kentucky’s toughest competition within the state.  Halfway through the season, that’s no longer the case.

“It looks like Louisville isn’t going to get anybody.  It’s swung momentum tremendously,” Lackford said.  “They’re (UK) already winning in my opinion.”

Lackford would not reveal whether or not Casey would pick Kentucky tonight, but one thing is certain.

Louisville was never in consideration for Jared.”  Lackford said Casey told him early on, “I’m not going to Louisville. I’m getting out of here.”

Lackford believes Kentucky will probably get another commitment from the city of Louisville, Shawnkel Knight-Goff.  The versatile athlete has flown under the radar during the season, but the one-time UK commit will be an exceptional addition to UK’s 2019 class.

Last weekend J.J. Weaver took an official visit to Miami.  Raised in nearby Broward County, Miami is Kentucky’s toughest competition, although Weaver said early in the recruiting process he does not want to play college football far from his mother in Louisville.  The Louisville Moore edge rusher will officially visit UK later this month before announcing on November 3.

Milton Wright is undoubtedly the most mysterious recruit.  He has not taken any official visits, but one scheduled official to Alabama was postponed.  Wright plans on deciding before the December signing period and Lackford believes it’s essentially down to Kentucky, Louisville and Purdue.

The most intriguing prospect for fans left on the recruiting board is Western Hills’ Wandale Robinson.  Lackford likened his game to future Freshman All-American Rondale Moore.  He explained the most attractive part of Kentucky’s pitch.

“For him it’s about being able to establish his brand in Lexington, be the man in Kentucky and kind of branch out when he’s done with football.  I think that’s the key thing for Kentucky.”

Check out the entire interview below around the 3:00-minute mark to hear about potential 2020 in-state targets and much more.  I also wouldn’t mind if you listened to the show each morning before KSR from 8:00-10:00 a.m. and subscribed to the podcast.


Surprise, Surprise, Ohio State is trying to steal a Kentucky Football Commit


It’s October, which means Ohio State is trying to steal a Kentucky football commit.  It’s a tradition unlike any other.

Saturday night Toledo Whitmer three-star defensive tackle Cavon Butler took an unofficial visit to Ohio State.  He left Columbus with a scholarship offer.

On August 9, Butler was the first interior defensive lineman to commit to the Cats 2019 class.  Recruited by Vince Marrow, Butler will officially visit Kentucky later this fall.  He also has official visits planned at Michigan State and now Ohio State.  He’ll be in attendance when the Buckeyes play Michigan at the shoe.

“I’m just going to finish out the semester strong and worry about finishing my high school season and having fun, then have my decision close to signing day,” Butler told 247 Sports.

Vince Marrow’s been down this road before.  He’s won some big battles vs. Ohio State near signing day, like Chris Oats, but he hasn’t won them all.  Time will tell if Marrow can hold onto a commitment from the nation’s No. 57 defensive tackle who is from the Big Dog’s old stomping grounds.