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I don’t know who that guy knows, but I sure don’t want to meet him. I do know that Kentucky’s coaching staff did a lot of recruiting during the bye week.

Offers Extended to Underclassmen

Dakota Patterson — Kentucky is the first school to offer Corbin’s 6-3 freshman wide receiver.

Jantzen Dunn — The South Warren athlete from the class of 2021 also has offers from WKU and UofL.

Jaden Payne and Kenneth Beard— Michael Smith awarded each junior from Cane Ridge, Tn. their first scholarship offers.

Logan Taylor — Brad White offered the 6-8, 290-pound junior offense tackle from Alexandria, Va.

Jordan Young — The junior defensive back from Tampa’s Jesuit High School already has offers from Alabama, Florida and Florida State.

Ronald Williams Jr. — The only upperclassman on the list, UK offered this JUCO cornerback from Hutchinson C.C. is in the 2020 class.

Peter Delaportas — You have to look for quarterbacks earlier than most positions. Darin Hinshaw offered this 6-3 pocket-passing sophomore from New Jersey. Delaportas already holds offers from Boston College and Rutgers.

Salute to Square

The coaches weren’t the only ones watching Friday Night Football. UK linebacker DeAndre Square made the trek from Lexington to Hazard to watch the Bulldogs take on Somerset.  UK target Kaiya Sheron completed 10-of-18 passes for 136 yards, two touchdowns and an interception to give the Briar Jumpers a 21-9 victory. This play right before half was a back-breaker for Hazard.

The home team didn’t get the W, but they did appreciate Square’s presence at the game. The UK Detroit native took pictures and signed autographs for fans after he was named a Duke of Hazard.

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Two Scoops

One of UK’s top remaining targets, defensive tackle Octavious Oxendine, pulled off a 25-yard scoop and score for North Hardin in a victory over Meade County. Butler High School did not get the win, but Jordan Watkins showed off excellent athleticism in this extra effort play.

Tyler Baron Connections

The elite defensive lineman from Knoxville officially visited Kentucky for the Florida game. Also considering Ohio State and Tennessee, his father is currently on the Vols’ payroll. Patrick Abernathy serves on Jeremy Pruitt’s staff in a player development role.

Baron has a connection to Kentucky too. His coach at Knoxville Catholic, Steve Matthews, played alongside Vince Marrow with the Kansas City Chiefs. A tip of the cap to Josh Edwards for digging into Baron’s background.


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Future Wildcat Roundup: Big Night for Beau

In week three of the Future Wildcat Roundup, the Kentucky kids shine. Beau Allen had a stellar day against the powerhouse that is Covington Catholic, Jager Burton and Dane Key had big days in another Fredrick Douglass blowout, and Jordan Watkins had a big game against Western.

Beau Allen (4* QB) 2020

It was a prime-time matchup when Beau Allen took on the boys from Cov. Cath, and Allen shined under the bright lights. Ahead of taking on Lexington Catholic, Cov. Cath hadn’t allowed a point all season. Enter Beau Allen.

Allen went for 455 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions. He completed 23 of his 33 passing attempts. However, the Knights would fall in a tight one, 39-38.

John Young (4* OL) 2020

It was a big day for John Young and his offensive linemen, as Christian Academy ran for 310 yards in a 35-20 victory over Eastern. CAL has won 18 straight games.

Izayah Cummings (3* WR) 2020

Izayah Cummings took a back a seat to his other teammates in Male’s blowout victory over St. X, but he made sure to get his catches in too with Vince Marrow in the house. Cummings came down with six catches for 45 yards and a touchdown. According to KSR’s Adam Luckett, who was at the game, Cummings was often used at tight end and out of the backfield, with a couple of drops in between.

Dane Key (WR, Undecided) 2022

The newest Wildcat target racked up for Fredrick Douglass on Friday night. In the first quarter alone, Key had three touchdowns – one receiving and two punt returns – in the blowout win over Lafayette.

Jager Burton (4* OG, Undecided) 2021

It was another big victory for Jager Burton and Fredrick Douglass as they improved to 3-0. If this picture is any indication, Burton dominated on that O-line.

While many schools are still awaiting the announcement from Burton, he took a trip to Clemson this weekend.

Jordan Watkins (3* ATH) 2020

It was a blowout victory for Butler over Western on Friday night, and it was a stellar game for Jordan Watkins. Watkins racked up three touchdowns in the victory over Western.

Earnest Sanders (3* WR) 2020

It was a less than stellar outing for Flint Beecher, as they lost 30-6 with EIGHT turnovers. Despite not seeing the end zone, Earnest Sanders still found a way to make some plays. He finished with 98 total yards — four on two carries, 41 on two receptions, 29 on kickoff returns and 24 on an interception return.

The opposing coach had some high praise for Sanders after the game:

“That kid is an unbelievable, Division I talent, and he’s going to Kentucky for a reason. And he’s an absolute monster.”

We might see some production from Sanders go down a little bit in his senior season, due to the double and triple-teams the wideout has received.

“There were opportunities. There were some misreads tonight. He got doubled and tripled some. I think youth took over with my quarterback some, and he threw up a couple,” Beecher head coach Courtney Hawkins said. “It’ll be a learning experience for my quarterback. He will grow — I think he grew up a couple of years tonight, understanding that you’ve gotta go through your reads. If you go through your reads, you make people respect it, and they can’t double- and triple-team this kid.”

Kalil Branham (3* WR) 2020

While I still can’t seem to pull any stats or footage to how Branham has been performing on Friday nights, he is providing us with all of his workout videos, and I’m here for it. This kid is one of the hardest working recruits I’ve ever seen.

Torrance Davis (3* RB) 2020

It was a MASSIVE day for Torrance Davis, as he broke off four touchdowns in a victory over Lakewood. Davis’ first two touchdowns came inside the ten.

His last two were massive runs. His third touchdown came from 54-yards out, and for the finale, Davis went 80-yards for six.

Kaiya Sheron (QB, Undecided) 2021

While Kaiya Sheron might be flying under the radar Nationally, he is blowing up locally. The Somerset QB looks like he is starting to be recruited by all the Kentucky pipeline school such as Louisville, Purdue, Cincinnati, and Wake Forest. However, Kentucky is still the only team to offer the quarterback despite having no stars. I’m hearing that this guy is hanging in there with all the top guys from the 2021 class, so he might not be our little secret for much longer.

On Friday night, in front of Darin Hinshaw, Sheron picked apart the powerhouse that is Beechwood in a 46-16 victory.

Oh, and he jumped over a guy.

Vito Tisdale (4* S, Undecided) 2020

It was a blowout 56-0 victory for Bowling Green on Friday night. The shutout was due in part to Vito Tisdale’s two interceptions.