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Thursday Night Lights In Paintsville



The KSR Preps’ Game of the Week took place on a Thursday night for the first time. What better opening than watching Kash Daniel and Paintsville take on Pike County Central in the Apple Bowl with Coach Stoops in attendance? This edition of the annual game was controlled by Daniel and Kent Phelps. Daniel scored once and Phelps scored on three rushing touchdowns to lead Paintsville to a 56-7 win over Pike County Central.

On offense, Kent Phelps stole the show for Paintsville. The junior running back scored three first half touchdowns including a 73-yard TD to put the Tigers on the board in the first quarter. Phelps’ also returned a kick for a touchdown only to have it called back on a penalty. Daniel added a ten yard touchdown in the second quarter to put the Tigers in front 29-7 at the half. Luke Trimble scored in the second half on a long run and Paintsville put the running clock in motion during the third quarter with a 36-point lead. The Tigers would score two more touchdowns to wrap up a 56-7 win.

Watching Kash play is truly a spectacle on defense. He flies to the ball and can get east to west in a hurry. I didn’t fully understand just how quick he is on defense. It seemed Kash was in on every play and flew to wherever the ball was.

Alongside Kash, Phelps has potential to be the next D1 stud out of Paintsville. The junior is extremely talented and one of the fastest players I’ve seen in person this season. Phelps does a great job of staying north to south and keeping his eyes down the field. He scored three times on Thursday night to boast his total to 13 in only five full games. Phelps will be one of the top players to watch in 2016 as a senior.

There was a great vibe in Paintsville tonight. Maybe it was the attendance of Coach Stoops, D.J Elliot, and myself (two more than the other). Maybe it was Kash. Might have been the Apple Fest being in town. Whatever it was, the game atmosphere was fantastic. There was a line of people to talk to Stoops at halftime. He talked to every person and obviously made a big impact on the people in attendance and on the community.


Kash Daniel’s Pregame Speech Will Give You Goosebumps

Kash Daniel has shown us before that he’s a bad man, but it never ceases to amaze me.  The hair is standing up on the back of my neck as I type.  My fingers are twitching.  SOMEBODY GIVE ME SOME FREAKING PADS!

Coach Stoops is in the building for Paintsville vs. Pike County Central, as well as our own Trey Hunstman.  Give him a follow (@TreyHunstmanKSR) for updates throughout the night.

A h/t to LEX 18’s photographer and fellow broadcast student, Jonathan Dunn.

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It was a huge day for Kentucky basketball recruiting, thanks to the commitment of five-star power forward Wenyen Gabriel. Gabriel picked the Cats over Duke and celebrated with this Instagram post moments ago:

And I rock Kentucky blue…

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Gabriel’s commitment moves Kentucky to No. 2 in’s 2016 class rankings.

Kentucky began the day at No. 10 in’s updated rankings, but with the addition of Gabriel, the No. 10 overall player, the Cats move up to second on the list, behind Duke. ranks Sasha Killeya-Jones No. 29 overall, and considers Tai Wynyard a member of the 2016 class.

ESPN compares Gabriel to Luol Dieng.

From Paul Biancardi:

Gabriel’s body and game is similar to that of NBA player Luol Deng. Both score with their long, slender body and a soft touch both on the perimeter and in the paint. They both drive it effectively against like-size defenders, and especially against less mobile bigs. Deng is a terrific two-way player who is active on the glass, and Gabriel is in the same mold — two hard-working and humble players. [ESPN]

Gabriel will spend time at both the three and four positions in Lexington. At 6-foot-9, he will make one intimidating wing for the Cats.

Kentucky visited Trae Young yesterday.

A member of the UK coaching staff was in Norman, Ok. to meet with Young on Wednesday. Young is the No. 4 point guard in the 2017 class and an AAU teammate of Michael Porter Jr., the top small forward in

the class. It was announced today that Kevin Durant is the new sponsor of their Kansas City-based AAU team, Mokan Elite. The partnership is appropriate, considering Porter Jr.’s nickname is “Baby Durant.”

Jermaine Eskridge’s current situation is messed up.

It’s pretty apparent that Eskridge’s former coaches sabotaged his sophomore season at his new school down in Florida. In case you missed, someone posed as a USC recruiter and asked the five-star wide receiver for his address. When Eskridge responded with this old address, his former school submitted screenshots of the texts to the Florida High School Athletics Association, hoping to prove he isn’t living where his hardship transfer requires. The UK commit has been forced to sit out this season during an investigation. Read more here.

Eskridge will visit Florida this weekend for the Ole Miss game.


That’ll do it for today. You bought a mattress yet? You should.

Class of ’18 UK football commit is ineligible over mysterious text messages

One of Kentucky football’s prized commits is in a bizarre situation down in Florida and it is costing him his eligibility.

Jermaine Eskridge, a five-star wide receiver in the 2018 class, has been forced to sit out his sophomore season of football due to mysterious text messages. The messages in question were sent from Eskridge to who he believed was a recruiter at USC, giving Eskridge’s former home address as the place he could currently be reached. The problem is, Eskridge transferred to another district and is supposed to be living somewhere else, therefore putting his eligibility in jeopardy.

It turns out, there is no USC recruiter — a phony name was given to Eskridge — and the messages were turned in to the Florida High School Athletic Association by the coaching staff at Eskridge’s former school, leading to speculation he was set up. The former coaches refuse to say where the text messages came from, but whoever it was, is purposely costing the young wide receiver time on the field.

His mother, who moved the family to be closer to her dialysis clinic, told Fox 13 News, “I can’t afford college, so he needs a scholarship. If he’s not on the field playing, the scholarship is in jeopardy.”

More from Fox 13…


Watch QB Commit Mac Jones’ Mid-Season Highlights



Junior quarterback from Jacksonville, Mac Jones, has been lighting it up since committing to the Cats over the summer.  Even in Florida’s torrential downpours, he’s thrown touchdowns and taken care of the football.  He made the trip to Lexington for the Florida game, leaving impressed despite the loss.

You’ll leave this post impressed after watching his highlight video.

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Let’s talk UK football and basketball recruiting…


Duke is all over Wenyen Gabriel and they need back off.

Fresh off his official visit to the University of Kentucky, Wenyen Gabriel will host Coach K and the Duke coaching staff today at Gabriel’s Massachusetts high school. Kryeswekskwisi is putting the full court press on Gabriel despite landing a commitment from four-star power forward Javin DeLaurier over the weekend, and being in good position for No. 1 overall player and power forward Harry Giles. If Duke were to somehow add Gabriel and Giles to a class that already includes DeLaurier, Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson, it would go down as one of the best classes of all time, maybe even the best.

That is why we really need Kryewiswkski to back off Gabriel and let John Calipari work. Gabriel is high on Cal’s list for the 2016 class and the last thing we want to see if Coach K pulling off more of his recent Coach K magic and stealing another one away from UK.

Should Cal take Kobi Simmons?

As I mentioned in this morning’s wakeup, we still believe Kentucky is the pick for Simmons, if he’s willing to hold off on a commitment. Cal is too high on De’Aaron Fox to take a commitment from Simmons right now and potentially deter Fox from picking the Cats. The same goes for Malik Monk at the two-guard spot. Those guys are the priorities and Simmons, though still good, is a second tier choice after a rather mediocre summer. This is one where Cal will have to work carefully with how he plays his pieces. Last year he wanted Carlton Bragg to wait and that plan backfired.

Miles Bridges to announce Saturday.

Signs still pointing toward East Lansing for the five-star forward. Just two weeks ago we were expecting him to become a Cat. Things can change so quickly.

Kentucky football is one of’s trending teams, four months before NSD.

Over at, Jason Howell named five teams trending upward with four months before National Signing Day. Here is what he had to say about the Cats:

Kentucky is riding high on the numbers right now. With 22 commitments, the Wildcats only have a few more additions to make. Under Mark Stoops, the Wildcats have taken a step forward on the recruiting front, but it looks like the 2016 group will slide back down the list when the final rankings arrive. Why? Kentucky’s average star ranking is right around it’s five-year average star ranking, and just below the 3.32 average star ranking of its highest finish, No. 17 in 2014. It should finish high, but it looks like this group is headed for a lower finish than its current ranking. []

Drake Jackson and Kash Daniel signed their financial aid paperwork over the weekend.

No turning back now!

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Zeke’s Monday Morning Wakeup

Zeke’s Monday Morning Wakeup


Hello, friends. It feels like a million years since we last spoke. …even though I got back on Friday. …and covered the game Saturday night. Regardless, it’s good to be home and greeting you this morning. Our trip to California was amazing, but sadly, your run-of-the-mill Californians didn’t share my enthusiasm for all things C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS.

Except for the folks at Zeke’s. While in San Francisco, we watched the UK/Florida game at Zeke’s Diamond Bar, a true gem in terms of hole-in-the-wall sports bars. (If you know me, you know I love hole-in-the-wall sports bars. I search them out like Matt searches out home cookin’ country diners.) Over the years, I’ve heard tales of the watch parties at Zeke’s, and it was a bit ridiculous how much I looked forward to watching the game with fellow Wildcat fans without a computer in my lap (no offense).

It was quite the adventure. Turns out Zeke’s is about to be renovated, which is not a bad thing because it really needs it; however, there was some confusion over the closing date of the bar, which led to a slightly smaller crowd than usual. Nevertheless, it was like watching the game in your uncle’s basement, complete with random, laminated MS Paint graphics of Tubby Smith and Chuck Hayes. The outcome of the game wasn’t what we had hoped, but I can’t thank the crew at Zeke’s enough for their hospitality. As an ex-pat Cats fan, there’s nothing better than watching games with your fellow Cats fans when you’re away from home. I was particularly moved when I got back and got a message from one of the San Fran fans, Luke, who told me that Tom Pasco, one of the regular UK fans at Zeke’s, passed away this week. On Saturday, they left his stool open in his honor:


Cheers to you, Tom. All of our efforts are in your honor today.

On that note, here’s today’s agenda…

Mark Stoops will talk for the for the first time since UK’s big win

It’s an understatement to say Mark Stoops was a happy man after his team beat #25 Missouri on Saturday night, and today, we’ll get to hear from him after a day of reflection. After last week, it’s certainly refreshing to head into the week on a positive note, and I expect Stoops to hammer that home in his press conference at noon.

New Depth Chart!

We’ll get one in a few hours…let’s hear your predictions for who’s in and who’s out of the starting lineup.

Drake Jackson and Kash Daniel are officially Cats

These pictures of them signing their Financial Aid Agreements should make you very happy:

On that recruiting note…

JaQuize Cross continues to be my spirit animal

The 2016 defensive tackle commit posted this pic from a Color Run 5K he did this weekend to prove he’s #AllIn. I approve.

The leadup to the Big Blue Madness Campout continues

Yesterday afternoon, I received this picture of fans already camping out along the Avenue of Champions:

We say it often, but y’all (meaning we all) are crazy. Big Blue Madness Campout begins on Wednesday morning, with tickets distributed Friday night. It’s become an annual tradition in Big Blue Nation, and I look forward to seeing this new, slightly mysterious, group of players get to know the fans. We know Marcus Lee will by hyped.

Thoughts out to Eddie Montgomery and his family

Yesterday, his 19-year-old son Hunter passed away following an accident that put him on life support. Montgomery, of course, is half of the famous country music duo Montgomery Gentry and a huge UK fan.

“My son Hunter went to heaven today,” Montgomery said in a statement.  “I appreciate all your prayers and love and thank you for giving us privacy as we grieve and say goodbye.”

Randall Cobb plays tonight

Randall Cobb and the Packers play the Chiefs tonight in Monday Night Football, putting Goldeneyes even more in the national spotlight. Randall’s the star of my fantasy team, so I’ll be paying close attention. I heard a nasty rumor that Ryan Lemond also has Randall Cobb on his Fan Duel team, so hopefully Goldeneyes can escape the Curse de Lemond and seal a big victory for Cobb Me Maybe.

You’ll listen to KSR in about one hour.

You ready?

The Recruiting Room will be Packed Once Again


Mark Stoops is putting his new state of the art recruiting room to good use.  After filling it with elite prospects last week, he’s done it yet again.

5-star offensive tackle Jedrick Willis will be in the building.  The Lexington native hasn’t missed a home game.  He’ll be joined by his teammate, Landon Young, and several other regular visitors – 2016 commits Drake Jackson, Kash Daniel, and Tobias Gilliam.

There are also some elite defensive ends that will be in attendance.  Ron Johnson Jr. has committed to Michigan, but will take his official visit today.  Emmit Gooden is a 4-star defensive end with offers from Tennessee, LSU and pretty much every other SEC school.  The Tennessee native has plenty of pressure from Rocky Top, but I’m sure the #BBN will show him a good time.

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The latest in UK basketball and football recruiting…

Wenyen Gabriel arrives in Lexington tonight.

The 6-foot-9 forward from Massachusetts is expected to touch down in Lexington tonight to begin his official visit to the University of Kentucky. Now the No. 16 player in the 247 Composite, Gabriel was unheard of earlier this year, that is, until he broke out in the summer AAU circuit. Kentucky swooped in with an offer in July and now he is one of John Calipari’s primary targets in the class.

Calipari visited Gabriel while in Massachusetts for his Hall of Fame enshrinement earlier this month, then again with Kenny Payne at Gabriel’s high school yesterday. There’s no doubt he is high atop Cal’s list for this class, especially with the very likely loss of Miles Bridges to Michigan State. Speaking of that…

All signs still point to Miles Bridges in East Lansing.

More and more people are getting behind the Bridges-to-Michigan State movement. Once believed to be a future Wildcat, Bridges is now predicted to become a Spartan when he announces his decision from his hometown of Flint in a week and a half.

It’s a shame things went wrong for Kentucky because Bridges was one of Cal’s favorites in the class. He is the prototypical Calipari player and would’ve benefited greatly from Cal’s coaching, but he’s likely headed for Izzo ball. Whatever happened on that recent visit to State changed everything.

Calipari watched his “No. 1 recruit” yesterday.

Talking about Brad Calipari, of course. Cal checked in with his son Brad, as well as Hamidou Diallo and the aforementioned Wenyen Grabriel while in the Northeast yesterday.

Diallo is currently ranked as the No. 3 shooting guard in the 2017 class.

De’Aaron Fox will visit Louisville this weekend.

After seeing Fox invite his classmate to the in-home visit with Kentucky earlier this week, I want him more than any other player in the class — except for maybe Harry Giles, maybe. Fox showed great character and selflessness by considering his friend, a UK fan with special needs, when John Calipari was in town. It said all we need to know about what Fox is like off the court.

I think we can all agree: he’s too good for Louisville.

Star defensive tackle has eyes on the Cats, will visit this weekend.

Per Justin Rowland over at Cats Illustrated, Emmit Gooden is a name to watch in football recruiting. The 14th-ranked strong-side defensive end has offers from LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, among many others, but he has interest in Kentucky and will be on campus for the Missouri game. UK can throw its name in the top of the mix with an impressive weekend, and that’s a mix we just weren’t used to being in prior to the Mark Stoops era. Times are changing, if you haven’t noticed.


That’ll do it for now. I’m off to the see the new recruiting room in Commonwealth Stadium.

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Kash Daniel is All In with the BBN

Kash Daniel is All In with the BBN


Kash Daniel is one of the best products of the Eastern Kentucky mountains since a guy named Tim Couch was playing.  Even after committing to stay home and play for Kentucky on the 4th of July, other schools have tried to lead Kash away.  Tonight, he proclaimed to all of Kentucky’s competitors – stay away.

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I imagine Kash’s words to other schools coming off a bit like this:

Bridges during his official visit in East Lansing.

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Miles Bridges’ recruitment reaches panic mode for BBN.

By now you’ve heard we’ve lost all that confidence we once had in Kentucky landing Miles Bridges, the third-ranked small forward in the class. Word on road is Bridges simply enjoyed his official visit to Michigan State more than his official visit to Kentucky. What can you do? (I blame Draymond Green.)

Bridges during his official visit in East Lansing.

Bridges during his official visit in East Lansing.

Now it’s up to Calipari and Kentucky to make up lost ground in these final two weeks, or surrender Bridges to the Spartans when he announces on October 3. There’s still a chance it could be Kentucky in the end, but if the decision were today, Michigan State is the likely pick.

Calipari is visiting Harry Giles today.

Last night, De’Aaron Fox. Today, Harry Giles.

Coach Cal will check in with the nation’s No. 1 recruit today. It’s Cal’s second time meeting with Giles in the last week. The two chatted around this time last week at Giles’ Oak Hill Academy.

Giles will be in Lexington for Big Blue Madness in 25 days.

Edrice “Bam” Adebayo is becoming a primary target.

Adebayo will also get a visit from Calipari today as he climbs up the Cats’ priority list in the 2016 recruiting class. As is the case with Giles, Calipari met with Adebayo around this time last week and he is back again today for more.

Adebayo did not receive a scholarship offer from UK until late in the summer, but the staff is moving quickly with making him feel wanted in Lexington. He hopes to visit campus soon.

Wenyen Gabriel will officially visit Kentucky this weekend.

The No. 4 power forward in the 247 Sports Composite plans to take his official visit to Kentucky this coming weekend. If Miles Bridges soon picks Michigan State, Gabriel becomes an even bigger name on UK’s list.

It will likely come down to the home state Maryland Terps and the Wildcats in the end for Gabriel. Maryland is the presumed leader for now, but the upcoming trip to Lexington will be his first time seeing the kingdom. That can certainly change his mindset.

He is hosting Duke today for an in-home.

Russ Yeast now a four-star prospect on recently updated its 2017 player rankings and UK commit Russ Yeast earned his fourth star in the change. Yeast is now the 26th-ranked athlete in the nation, a four-star prospect, and the No. 2 athlete in the midwest. The son of former UK star Craig Yeast, he will play wide receiver once he arrives in Lexington for the 2017 season.

Yeast recently visited Ohio State, but he insists he is 100 percent committed to the Wildcats.


Now go out and buy a new mattress. Seriously. I’m tired of watching you yawn all day.

Kash Daniel posted this to Instagram: Can't wait to be in CWS on Saturday! #BeatFlorida #BBN

Sold Out Commonwealth Stadium will be Packed with Recruits

Dublin Coffman QB Gunnar Hoak will make the trip down I-75 to watch the Cats and the Gators. (John Hulkenberg/ThisWeek)

Dublin Coffman QB Gunnar Hoak will make the trip down I-75 to watch the Cats and the Gators. (John Hulkenberg/ThisWeek)

Saturday is one of the most highly anticipated events in UK football history.  The excitement from the BBN is unprecedented, and the recruits coming to Lexington can’t wait to experience the atmosphere.

Toledo Central Catholic teammates, RB Mike Warren and DE James Hudson, are making the trip.

Florida QB Mac Jones

Cornerback Tobias Gilliam

Defensive tackle Kobe Smith

Kash Daniel posted this to Instagram: Can't wait to be in CWS on Saturday! #BeatFlorida #BBN

Kash Daniel posted this to Instagram: Can’t wait to be in CWS on Saturday! #BeatFlorida #BBN

5-Star 2018 WR Jermaine Eskridge

’16 outside linebacker Jamar “Boogie” Watson

3-Star Alabama Safety J’Marick Woods has two offers: one from Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and one from Mark Stoops. He will see a sold out New Commonwealth Stadium for the first time Saturday.

KSR is going to the Lafayette-Scott County Game on Friday night, before Lafayette’s three superstars attend Saturday’s game: OT Landon Young, QB Walker Wood and 5-star OT Jedrick Willis.

Some of the best from Ohio will be there; RB Benny Snell, WR Russ Yeast, and Thayer Munford, an uncommitted 4-star lineman UK will have to pry away from Ohio State.

Most of the 2016 class and all of the 2017 commitments are expected to be there to fill the new recruiting room with a ton of talent.

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It’s Thursday afternoon, which means it’s time to sell mattresses and talk recruiting. You ready? I’m ready.

  John Calipari and Tony Barbee visited Marques Bolden last night

The number one center in the class took his official visit to UK a few weeks back, and hosted John Calipari and Tony Barbee last night. Bolden’s coach posted this picture on Twitter this morning:

(Just so we’re clear, that’s Bolden’s coach, not Bolden.)

This weekend, Bolden will take his official visit to Duke and will go to Kansas the week after. Right now, his Crystal Ball is 71% Blue Devils, 29% Jayhawks.

  2017 power forward PJ Washington was on campus yesterday

Before he took off for Texas, Calipari showed four-star power forward PJ Washington around the Joe Craft Center. Washington’s younger brother Spencer, a 2018 small forward, also came along for the trip. PJ doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky yet, but one may be coming. Here’s a pic of the brothers and Calipari in the UK locker room:

Hopefully one day they both will be on that wall!

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And hanging out with Jamal Murray:

Just another day at the office!

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I see you Alex, shooting that three.

  Reminder: Miles Bridges is on campus this weekend

Bridges takes his official visit to UK this weekend, his final one before announcing his decision on October 3. He’s down to Kentucky, Michigan State, and Indiana, although it’s perceived to be between the Cats and the Spartans. Michigan State folks feel good about their chances after Bridges’ official visit to Lansing last weekend, but we’ll see who has momentum after this weekend.

  This is a HUGE weekend for football recruiting

Nick is working on a big post for tonight detailing all the recruits that will be in town, but here’s a preview of some of the players who will be on campus for the Florida game: 3-star DT Kobe Smith (committed, official visit), 5-star OT Jedrick Willis, 3-star safety J’Marick Woods, 5-star 2018 WR Jermaine Eskridge (committed), most of the 2016 commits and all of the 2017 commits. We cannot stress enough how important it is for Commonwealth to be rocking, not only for the team on the field, but for the recruits in the stands.

  Where UK’s 2016 in-state commitments are playing tomorrow night

  • Drake Jackson (Woodford County): @ Nelson County, 7:30 p.m.
  • Kash Daniel (Paintsville): vs. Williamsburg, 7:30 p.m.
  • Landon Young (Lafayette): vs. Scott County, 7:30 p.m.
  • Davonte Robinson (Henry Clay): @ Knox Central, 7:30 p.m.
  • Zy’Aire Hughes (McCracken County): vs. Lift for Life Academy in St. Louis, MO, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time to give you all the latest news in basketball and football recruiting, while at the same time, trying to sell you a mattress. Let’s go!

  John Calipari is visiting Harry Giles today

As I mentioned in the post under this one, John Calipari is spending part of the day with Harry Giles, considered by some to be the #1 player in the 2016 class. Giles is thought to be a heavy Duke lean, but if anyone can change that, it’s John Calipari. Giles will take his official visit to UK on October 16 for Big Blue Madness.

  Bam Adebayo’s mentor had a great quote about Calipari

Cal met with Edrice “Bam” Adebayo and his mentor Eric Peartree yesterday, and his mentor gave TJ Walker some great quotes about Cal, whom he compared to a piece of well-done chicken:

“Look at his caliber,” Peartree said. “Who wouldn’t want to be coached by a coach of his stature? Not saying other coaches aren’t capable. But he’s at the top of the food chain. It’s like eating a raw piece of chicken or getting it cooked well done. It just makes sense.”

So, if I’m following this analogy correctly, that means if Adebayo goes to NC State, he’ll get salmonella? For more quotes like that, check out the full article.

  2017 PG Trae Young will attend Big Blue Madness

Add another visitor the Big Blue Madness guest list: 2017 point guard Trae Young. The 6’1″ Oklahoma native got an offer from Kentucky last month after a very impressive showing on the summer circuit. Not long after that, Clay Horning, an editor from The Norman Transcript, wrote a scathing column about how Calipari (and other college coaches!) encouraged Young to transfer out of Oklahoma for his senior year, which would be unfair to Young because Horning couldn’t write about him anymore. Oh wait.

Anyways, looking forward to having Young on campus. Here’s his mixtape:

  If you’re keeping track at home, here’s the guest list for BBM:

  • Harry Giles
  • De’Aaron Fox
  • Malik Monk
  • Sacha Killeya-Jones
  • Trae Young (2017)

Miles Bridges was also scheduled to visit for BBM, but he’s moved his official visit to UK up to this weekend for the Florida game. He’ll announce on October 3, and I feel good about Kentucky’s chances.

  Jedrick Wills will visit for the Florida game

Bridges will be in town, but this is also a huge recruiting weekend for the football team. According to Justin Rowland, five-star offensive tackle Jedrick Wills will attend the UK/Florida game, along with almost all of UK’s current commitments. The 6’4″ 316 lbs. Lafayette lineman is considered the third best offensive tackle and the 13th overall player in the country by Rivals, making his visit HUGE.  Come on down and enjoy yourself, big fella.

Nick will have a detailed preview of this weekend’s visitors for you later this week.

  How did UK’s commits do on Friday night?

I’m glad you asked…

  • Gunnar Hoak: 8-21 for 36 yards (loss)
  • Benny Snell: 20 rushes for 119 yards and two touchdowns; 17-yard touchdown reception (win)
  • Kash Daniel: 138 yards passing, including a 54-yard touchdown; 2-yard touchdown run; 11 tackles; fumble recovery on defense (win)
  • AJ Rose: 19 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown
  • Mac Jones (2017): 10 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns (win)
  • Russ Yeast (2017): 5-0 passing for 27 yards; 13 rushes for 117 yards and a touchdown
  • Jaylin Bannerman: 60-yard interception return for a touchdown, which you can see below:

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It’s Thursday afternoon, which means it’s time to sell mattresses and talk recruiting. You ready? I’m ready.

  UK is checking in on Wenyen Gabriel

Calipari is in Springfield, Massachusetts for the Hall of Fame festivities, but you know what’s only a 26-minute drive away from the Hall of Fame? Wilbraham, Massachusetts, where Wenyen Gabriel lives. According to ZagsBlog, the UK staff will check in with the five-star power forward today prior to his official visit on September 25. How’s that for impressive scheduling? “Hey Wenyen, we’ll be there soon. Cal has to get his Hall of Fame blazer first.”

  Cal visited Miles Bridges and Malik Monk yesterday

The recruiting dead period is over, and John Calipari celebrated by visiting the rumored package deal of Miles Bridges and Malik Monk. Monk also saw Arkansas, the other rumored frontrunner, yesterday, and will host Oregon tomorrow. Bridges will take his official visit to Michigan State, his other rumored frontrunner, this weekend.

Here’s a recent mixtape to remind you how much we want Monk:

  He also saw 2017 5-star shooting guard Hamidou Diallo

Chris Fisher is reporting that Cal also stopped by Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut to see 2017 5-star shooting guard Hamidou Diallo (no relation to Cheick Diallo). The 6’4″ 170 lbs. Diallo is considered the third best shooting guard and the 11th overall prospect in the 2017 class, and has early offers from UConn, Kansas, St. John’s, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, and others. He made a name for himself during the NBAP Top 100 camp this summer. Keep an eye on him as the recruiting period goes on.

  Meanwhile, Rawle Alkins hung out with Slice Rohrssen

Which just makes me miss Slice Rohrssen. Also, put on some real shoes, Chris Mullin. Next to Slice, you look like a hobo.

 NC State’s Mark Gottfried took a helicopter to see Bam Adebayo and Dennis Smith, Jr. 

Both have offers from Kentucky. NC State’s Mark Gottfried pulled a Mark Stoops and took a helicopter to check in on them:

Dennis Smith, Jr. is recovering from ACL surgery and is still walking with a crutch:

 It looks like Kash Daniel and Tobias Gilliam enjoyed themselves Saturday

Both 2016 UK commits uploaded pics from the game:

Meanwhile, fellow commit Kayune Ross couldn’t make the game, but had this message to share with the haters:

Seems like a good note to end on, right?