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Watch UK Football commits Mike Warren and James Hudson on ESPNU

Watch UK Football commits Mike Warren and James Hudson on ESPNU

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Wanna watch two future Cats in action? Does your television provider include ESPNU? Good news.

Running back Mike Warren and lineman James Hudson are about to take the field as Benedict (OH) takes on Central Catholic (OH) on ESPNU at 4 PM. The class of 2017 teammates chose UK in late July – a further demonstration of Stoops’ recruiting prowess in the Buckeye State.

There are worse ways to spend a Saturday evening.


Kash Daniel had three more touchdowns tonight

In his senior year debut, future Cat Kash Daniel scored three touchdowns. He followed that up in week two with three more touchdowns. Kash played in front of a packed crowd of UK fans at Sower Field in Frankfort, turning in two touchdown runs, one touchdown pass and countless tackles in Paintsville’s 43-0 win over Frankfort High.

Freddie Maggard was on the scene and said that although Kash cut his arm pretty badly in the first quarter, he stayed in, turning in touchdown runs of 3 yards and 46 yards to go along with a beautiful 53 yard touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion to boot. At this rate, he’ll probably drive the bus back to Paintsville too.

More details and hopefully some highlights in the morning.


2016 commits Gunnar Hoak and Benny Snell made the front page of “The Columbus Dispatch”

Kentucky has obviously made huge in-roads in Ohio, but Vince Marrow and Mark Stoops’ impact is truly on display on the front page of today’s Columbus Dispatch, the main newspaper in Columbus, Ohio.

2016 UK commits Gunnar Hoak and Benny Snell are on the front of the paper’s high school football preview, and on the inside cover, they’re joined by fellow future Cats Jaylin Bannerman and Dakota Holtzclaw:

One day, Vince Marrow had a dream…

“Lured by the chance to play in the SEC, four players from talent-rich central Ohio chose Kentucky.” 

“All of my favorite running backs I watch on TV seem to come from the SEC,” Snell told the Dispatch. “To play in that league against those teams is really appealing. And the thing is, Kentucky is just down the road from home.”

“It’s like a dream to get an opportunity to play in the SEC, which year in and year out produces some of the best teams and players,” said Hoak, offensive player of the year on the Dispatch All-Metro team in 2014. “It looked like a great situation for me given the quarterback situation there. Hopefully, I’ll get a shot at playing time soon.”

For more, check out The Columbus Dispatch.


UK Fan of the Day wants to know where to watch the in-state commits play tonight

Good afternoon, folks. What the hell is wrong with that guy’s arm? It’s like two miles long.

We’re gearing up for another Friday night of high school football, and if you’re thinking of heading out to catch some of the action, here’s where UK’s five 2016 in-state commitments will be playing:

  • Drake Jackson, Woodford County: home vs. West Jessamine, 7:30 p.m.
  • Landon Young, Lafayette: vs. Mercer County in the PBK Rebel Bowl at Boyle County, Saturday 6 p.m.
  • Kash Daniel, Paintsville: at Frankfort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Zy’Aire Hughes, McCracken County: home vs. Warren Central, 7 p.m. CT
  • Davonte Robinson, Henry Clay: vs. St. Xavier in the Bluegrass Bowl at Lexington Catholic, 6:15 p.m.

KSR’s Trey Huntsman will be at the Bluegrass Bowl to see Henry Clay take on St. X and Ryle’s game against Lexington Catholic. If you see him, go say hello. Last week, he was a rockstar in Prestonsburg:

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Click here to check out Trey’s preview for the weekend and see his and Nick’s picks for the games of the week. Also, if you’re in Frankfort to watch Kash Daniel, don’t hesitate to send us pictures and videos via Twitter.


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 Kobi Simmons will take an official visit to Kentucky this weekend

I mentioned this in the wakeup post, but it bears repeating. Tomorrow, Simmons will arrive on campus for an official visit, the first of three he’s taking in the coming weeks. Next month, the five-star combo guard visit UNLV and Ohio State, and he’s already visited Georgia, his home state school. His dad told Ben Roberts they will decide between the four programs next month, and laughed at the notion that Kentucky has cooled on his son.

“It’s just funny to me that people think that,” said Demond Stephens. “Cal talks to me. Kenny (Payne) talks to me. We talk every day.”

 Marques Bolden visits next weekend

The best center in the 2016 class will come to town next Friday before taking officials to Duke on September 18 and Kansas on September 25. Reason to feel good: Bolden’s AAU coach and mentor is Jeff Webster, Julius Randle’s former coach. Reason to worry: Duke has a slight edge in his 247 Crystal Ball.

Here’s a reminder of what he can do:

 ESPN released their new 2017 recruiting rankings

Here’s where those with UK offers stand:

1. DeAndre Ayton
2. Wendell Carter
3. Michael Porter, Jr.
5. John Petty
7. Jarred Vanderbilt
8. Mohamed Bamba
9. Gary Trent Jr.
13. Nick Richards
18. Zach Brown
25. Trae Young

Point guard Trevon Duval was ranked fourth, and although he doesn’t have an offer from the Cats yet, he’s expected to pick one up soon.

  Don’t forget that Kash Daniel plays in Frankfort Friday night

Paintsville’s game against Frankfort High School is the BBN’s best chance to see the future Cat play in Central Kentucky. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Sower Field, which apparently is a little difficult to find. Here’s a map to help guide you:

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Daniel scored three touchdowns in his season opener. What will he do this week?

  3-star cornerback has UK in his top two

Three-star cornerback Carlos Becker is considered the 37th best corner in the 2016 class, and according to 247 Sports, he’s got the Cats in his top two, along with NC State. Ryan Bartow spoke with Becker, who says he’s going to take officials to Kentucky, NC State, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, and potentially Florida State. He said the Cats were the first “big SEC team” to offer him, and the fact that he considers UK a “big SEC team” speaks volumes to me.

He may be a NC State lean, but he was spotted by his classmates wearing a UK shirt on “college day” today:

Why not, right, Carlos?


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Hello there, sports fans. It’s Tuesday at 3 pm… YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS! SLEEP OUTFITTERS’ TUESDAY RECRUITING ROUNDUP TIME!!!

Today we have news from both the basketball and football sides of recruiting. Let’s get to it.

  Kash Daniel wants Big Blue Nation at his game Friday night.

Daniel asked that we let the BBN know he will be playing in Frankfort this Friday. He and his Paintsville teammates will line up against Frankfort High School at 7:30 pm. It’s the best chance for Central Kentuckians to see UK’s prized commitment in his senior season of high school football.

Frankfort plays at Sower Field and Ryan Lemond tells us it’s tough to find. Here’s a map that’ll help you get to it:

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Get in there, you guys.

  Drake Jackson unranked in new Rivals 250.

In case this is your first time visiting the site today, earlier we shared the news that UK commit Drake Jackson is no longer in the Rivals 250.

Jackson dropped to unranked on the updated list, while his future teammate on UK’s offensive line, Landon Young, is ranked No. 91.

Jackson was No. 224 prior to today’s update.

  The cover of the Herald-Leader’s High School Football Preview is pretty funny.

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Kentucky shouldn’t have a problem hanging on to the commitments from those three.

  Name to Watch: Chauncey Manac

According to Justin Rowland at Rivals, Kentucky is very interested in the weakside defensive end, ranked sixth at his position in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Manac is committed to Georgia and has been for almost a year now, but Mark Stoops and his staff are doing all they can to steal him away from the Dawgs before NSD.

  Top-ranked big man sets visit to Kentucky.

Also from earlier, Marques Bolden, the No. 1 center in the 2016 recruiting class, will visit Lexington on September 4th. Duke and Kansas currently split Bolden’s Crystal Ball predictions at 65 and 35 percent, respectively. He also has an offer from Louisville and several others.

With Tai Wynyard, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Isaac Humphries projected to be in UK’s 2016-17 frontcourt, Calipari will have to sell him on playing with those three inside.

This dunk by Miles Bridges is absurd.

Bridges will be at Kentucky for Big Blue Madness. Get him and Harry Giles and good luck to the rest of college basketball.


Drake Jackson falls out of Rivals 250

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Rivals.com updated its rankings today and Kentucky’s Drake Jackson fell out of the Rivals 250.

Once ranked at No. 244 overall, Jackson is no longer listed nationally. He’s the No. 2 prospect in the state, behind fellow UK commit Landon Young.

Jackson’s fall comes one day after Young cracked the Rivals 100 on Monday. Young, ranked No. 91 in the class, is Kentucky’s first Rivals 100 player since Micah Johnson in 2006. Johnson was ranked 36th overall in that class.

But who really cares about Rivals’ rankings when we have these?


Landon Young makes the Rivals 100

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Congratulations to future Cat Landon Young, who was named to the prestigious Rivals 100 this morning. The Lafayette offensive lineman was ranked 91st on the list, making him UK’s first Rivals 100 commit in TEN YEARS. The last UK player in the Rivals 100 was linebacker Micah Johnson, who was considered the 36th best player in the 2006 class.

Young committed to UK over two years ago, and despite interest from major programs like Auburn, Alabama, and Ohio State, has remained firm in his pledge to Mark Stoops and the Cats.

To fully appreciate what a big deal this is, check out some of the other schools in the Rivals 100. Pretty good company.


Russ Yeast looked really good this weekend

Russ Yeast, son of UK legend Craig Yeast and current 2017 commit, turned in quite the performance Friday night. Yeast played quarterback for Fremont Ross (Ohio) in the team’s final scrimmage before the regular season, and turned in touchdown runs of 89 and 74 yards.

The highlights are impressive to say the least:

His dad left pretty big cleats to fill, but if those highlights are any indication, Russ is capable.


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Bill Parcells’ Saturday Morning Wakeup

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In 2003, Mitch Barnhart had to make one of the most difficult hires of his early tenure – find Guy Morris’ replacement to lift the probation-laden program from the grave.  After a 7-5 2002 season, Kentucky showed promise, but needed a homerun hire to continue building momentum.  The homerun everyone wanted was Bill Parcells, but Mitch could only make contact.

The former two-time Super Bowl Champion of the New York Giants wasn’t out of the Wildcats’ reach.  Four years into his second retirement, legend says that Mitch actually made the meeting happen, but fate led Parcells another way.  Not long after, Jerry Jones hired him as the Cowboys head coach and Mitch Barnhart recruited Rich Brooks.  Even though it appeared to be a disaster at first, Brooks became the most successful UK football coach in my lifetime, and the Cowboys still suck.

Before we move on, Happy 75th Bill!  It was nice (kinda) knowing ya.

Cats’ Last Preseason Scrimmage is Going Down

To say yesterday’s practice was rough is an understatement.  Angry Stoops was back with a vengeance after the worst performance of Fall Camp.  That NEEDS to change today during the most important day in Fall Camp.  Freddie Maggard described the effects that will take place after today’s “moving day.”

Unfortunately, we probably won’t hear too much until after the staff watches film on Monday, but Kindsey Bernhard will be on the scene to recap Stoops’ comments around 3:00.

Watch Future Footballers on ESPNU

The 2015 Geico ESPN kickoff is the biggest day of high school football for the four-letter network.  Games will be running all day across the country.  Now that Kentucky has entered into elite recruiting status, we get the opportunity to watch future Wildcats face-off against the best of the best.

Class of 2017 commits Mike Warren (RB) and James Hudson (DE) will start the show at 4:00 on The U, as their Toledo Central Catholic team takes on Cleveland Benedictine.  Stay tuned at 7:00 to watch Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer’s Kobe Smith, a 2016 DT commit, against Peachtree Ridge.

KSR Prep’s Trip to Prestonsburg was a Success

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Trey had celebrity status at the pregame tailgate. 

Trey Huntsman’s first Friday Night Football experience wasn’t the best battle we will see this year, a 41-6 road win for Pikeville, but it still sounded like a lot of fun.  Stick around for a full recap of the experience on the site this afternoon.

ICYMI: Kash Daniel had an OK start to the season, rushing for 3 TDs in a blowout victory.  Landon Young’s Lafayette defeated Dunbar, 43-21, and Drake Jackson’s Woodford County fell to North Bullitt, 37-32.

Bowling Green had a Rough Start in the LLWS

Their 14-2 loss to California was forgettable, but they have a chance for redemption today at 3:00 pm on ABC against Oregon.  It doesn’t get any cooler than getting a W on broadcast television.  YOU GOT THIS B-G!

It’s a Perfect Day for the State Fair

It really doesn’t get much better than this.  I can’t be in attendance, but I would appreciate suggestions for the best exhibits.  I always enjoy the tropical fish and award-winning cakes.  Also, if someone could get me a spot as a taste-tester for State Fair food, I will be forever grateful.

Fox Sports has a Magnificent Har-Bus

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The khakis on the Fox Sports “Opening Drive” bus aren’t painted on, those are actually khakis.  According to Awful Announcing, the ode to Jim Harbaugh’s signature attire required 211 man hours, six gallons of adhesive, 1,100 feet of thread, and 1,300 square feet of fabric.

If Erin Andrews and Gus Johnson can’t get viewers, 1,300 square feet of khaki should do the trick.


Kash Daniel scored 3 touchdowns tonight

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While several future Cats played well in their high school football openers tonight, Kash Daniel may take home the blue ribbon. Daniel scored three touchdowns in Paintsville’s 46-12 win over Sheldon Clark.

Daniel, who will play linebacker at UK, is used to playing several positions for Paintsville, and turned in touchdown runs of 17 yards, 28 yards, and 4 yards to give Paintsville a commanding 40-0 lead with 4:28 left in the second quarter. From there, a running clock was implemented, and can you blame them?

Go Kash Go. Hopefully we’ll have some highlights in the morning.

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UK’s in-state commits are on the front page of the Herald-Leader HS Football Section

You’re looking at the front page of the Herald-Leader’s high school football preview section, which includes 2015 in-state commits Drake Jackson, Landon Young, Kash Daniel, Davonte Robinson, and Zy’Aire Hughes. The high school season kicks off tonight, here’s where each will be playing:

  • Drake Jackson, Woodford County: at home vs. North Bullitt, 7:30 p.m.
  • Landon Young, Lafayette: at home vs. Dunbar, 6 p.m.
  • Kash Daniel, Paintsville: at Sheldon Clark in Inez, 7:30 p.m.
  • Davonte Robinson, Henry Clay: August 28 vs. St. Xavier in the Bluegrass Bowl at Lexington Catholic
  • Zy’Aire Hughes, McCracken County: at home vs. Paducah Tilghman, 7:30 p.m. CT

Our own Trey Huntsman will be at the Pikeville vs. Prestonsburg game tonight, so if you’re at the game, say hello. Click here to check out Trey’s Games to Watch.


Friday Night Lights: Where you Can Watch Kentucky’s Future This Fall

It’s fooootballll time in the BLUEEEEEGRASSSSS!!! While we still have 3 more weeks until we get to see Stoops and his team take to the field, the future of Kentucky football is getting ready to take the field next weekend as high school football kicks off around the state. With 5 commitments from every corner of the Commonwealth just about every person in KY will have the chance to see a future Kentucky kid in action. Who, what, when, and where you say? Read on to find out:

Drake Jackson- Woodford County

Class 5A, Defending Champs: Pulaski County, 2015 Favorite:  Highlands

Who is Woodford County’s O-Line coach? Looking at their roster they have three seniors who will be playing D1 football on their line. Good luck touching that QB. Last year the Yellowjackets went 4-6 but really showed improvement in the back half of the season. Perhaps they can build on that and shock some teams in the loaded 5a class.

8/28 North Bullitt

9/4 West Jessamine

9/11 Franklin County

9/18 @Marion County

9/25  @Nelson County

10/2 Madison Central

10/9 Anderson County

10/16 @Madison Southern

10/23 @Montgomery County

10/30 @Central Hardin

Landon Young- Lafayette

Class 6A, Defending Champs: Trinity, 2015 Favorite: Trinity

Lafayette had a solid 2014 campaign where they amassed a 7-3 record and all three losses were by a touchdown or less. Now Landon Young, 2017 5-star OT Jedrick Wills, and 2017 3-Star QB Walker Wood are back and hoping to make a deeper playoff run. With games against Scott County, Trinity, and Henry Clay they face a rigorous schedule but that’s something that could pay dividends when November arrives.

8/21 Dunbar

8/29 Mercer County

9/4 @Trinity

9/11 Boone County

9/18 Scott County

9/25 @Henry Clay

10/2 @Bryan Station

10/9 George Rogers Clark

10/16 Madison Central

10/23 @Tates Creek

Kash Daniel- Paintsville

Class A, Defending Champs: Mayfield, 2015 Favorite: Paintsville

With three-time defending champs Mayfield making the move to 2A, the single A division is now up for the taking. Beechwood(Ft. Mitchell), Raceland (Russell), and Paintsville are all considered favorites to bring home the title but my money is on the Tigers. Kash Daniel is a star on both sides of the ball and he’s determined to take his team to Bowling Green. That’s enough to convince me.

8/21 @Sheldon Clark

8/28 @Frankfort

9/4 Pikeville

9/11 Ridgeview

9/25 Willaimsburg

10/2 Bourbon County

10/9 Pike County Central (Apple Bowl)

10/16 Fairview

10/23 Raceland

10/30  Shelby Valley

Zy’Aire Hughes- McCracken County

Class 6A, Defending Champs: Trinity, 2015 Favorite: Trinity

McCraken County is one of the few 6A schools located in the  western part of Kentucky so they have been forced to get creative with their scheduling. They don’t get to face the Male, Trinitys, and Scott Counties of the state so they take on just about every team west of Louisville that is decent competition. This has been a double edged sword. Last year they went 9-1 but in round 1 of the playoffs they took on DuPont Manual at home they were given an early exit.

This year it wouldn’t be out of the question to see Zy’Aire take them to an undefeated season.

8/28 Paducah Tilghman

9/4 Warren Central

9/11 @North Hopkins

9/18 @Mayfield

9/25 Lift for Life Academy

10/2 Daviess County

10/9 Ohio County

10/16 Henderson County

10/23 @Muhlenberg County

10/30 @Bowling Green

Davonte Robinson- Henry Clay

Class 6A, Defending Champs: Trinity, 2015 Favorite: Trinity

Henry Clay is a good team in a class filled with great teams. As Ryan Lemond has said time and again you want to make it out to the field to see Davonte Robinson play. You just don’t see offensive playmaker of his caliber come around very often. The game against Lafayette should be filled with UK fans eager to see their team’s future stars.

8/28 St. X

9/4 George Rogers Clark

9/11 Tates Creek

9/18 @Knox Central

9/25 Lafayette

10/2 @Pulaski County

10/9 Scott County

10/16 @Dunbar

10/23 @Bryan Station

10/30 @Campbell County

 

Who will you be marking your calendar to see this fall?

 


Tennessee Tries to Lure Recruits With the Power of Rock

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Today is open practice down in Knoxville so Tennessee is hosting a slew of top recruits from the class of 2016 and 2017. So how does a Volunteer go about letting a star player know that they are into them? Well if you guessed paint their faces on an enormous rock, you’d be right!

While I’m sure that deep inside the tomes of  the NCAA rulebook there is some obscure provision that you can’t use campus attractions to lure recruits, I have to give credit where credit is due and say this is pretty cool. The artwork is polished and clear and if I were one of those 5 guys on the rock I’d be impresed. And since UT’s rock is constantly being painted on by various parties the coaching staff has plausible deniability to say they had no involvement. Even if they didn’t commission this piece of artwork I’m sure they won’t be complaining that some enterprising fan took it upon themselves to paint exactly those 5 guys they most want to secure a commitment from.

What say you? Awesome or Weird?


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Good afternoon, friends. Hope everyone is enjoying their Thursday. How about some recruiting news to go with these amazing mattress deals?

  Kobi Simmons is excited about his official visit to UK

One of the three 2016 point guards Cal has offered will come to Lexington on August 28 for an official visit, and yesterday, tweeted that he can’t wait:

Simmons has been very high on the Cats, going as far as to call Kentucky his “dream school.” It appeared Cal felt the same way about Simmons until he offered two more point guards in the class in Dennis Smith and De’Aaron Fox. Has he cooled on Simmons or is he simply just trying to nudge him closer to a commitment? I have a feeling we’ll find out one way or the other during his visit.

  Speaking of Fox, he’s announcing his final list tomorrow

The talented point guard sent out this tweet yesterday, with starts with a bit of a humble brag:

If Kentucky doesn’t make that list, I’ll be shocked.

  Draft Express has a new scouting report on Wenyen Gabriel

Yesterday, 2016 power forward Wenyen Gabriel narrowed his list to Kentucky, Maryland, Duke, UConn and Providence and said he’ll take official visits to Kentucky, Maryland and Duke, with his trip to Lexington scheduled for sometime in late September. Draft Express has a new scouting report out on Gabriel, and here’s just a little bit of what Jonathan Givony had to say about the 6’9″ PF:

One of the fastest rising prospects in high school basketball after a breakout summer on the AAU circuit. Went from virtual unknown to five star status according to most recruiting outlets. A native of Sudan, Gabriel moved to the US when he was three years old, together with his parents, brothers and sister Karima, who currently plays basketball at Boston College. He reportedly shot up around nine inches in the last four years, which helps partially explain his comfort level playing on the perimeter. Gabriel’s AAU coach Vin Pastore says Gabriel has added 20 pounds to his frame in the last year, which tells you something about just how skinny he’s been in the past.

Sounds good to me. Click here to read more about Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones.

  Markelle Fultz is on a visit to Washington right now

The 6’4″ 2016 combo guard began his official visit to Washington today after trips to Arizona and Louisville. He may also visit Miami later this month. Fultz took an unofficial visit to UK back in May, and the Cats currently have a 45% lead in his Crystal Ball. According to his mentor Keith Williams, he has no plans to take an official visit to Kentucky.

“Markelle knows what he needs to know about Kentucky,” Williams told 247 Sports. There’s a quote you can interpret a million ways.

Last weekend, Fultz scored 51 points in the Big Strick Classic Scrimmage. No jumpers. As you might imagine, that was quite impressive:

That’ll do. Now go treat yourself to a new mattress.