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Football Recruiting News
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.
By Colleen Wagoner on ©August 28th, 2016 @ 11:00am
Kentucky 2017 commit Walker Wood had a ‘highlight reel’ night last night when the Lafayette Generals took on the 7-time state champion, Boyle County Rebels.
The senior quarterback showed off his legs Saturday night, rushing for 188 yards on four touchdowns. Wood added two more touchdowns with his arm to push the Generals to a 47-21 road victory.
The play-of-the-night consisted of Wood scrambling 63 yards for the touchdown, shaking defenders left and right.
To echo the announcer,
“He was ziggin’ and zaggin’, and breakin’ tackles. People grabbin’ his jersey. Walker Wood takes it to the house.”
Lafayette moves to a 2-0 record as they try to avenge their State Championship loss to Male last season.
The 3-star prospect committed to the Cats last October as the No. 22 ranked dual quarterback in the country.
After another career night for the Lexington native, don’t be surprised if Walker Wood starts to climb up the rankings.
By Nick Roush on ©August 27th, 2016 @ 2:00pm
Nobody had a better night than Springfield, Ohio running back Bryant Koback. The preseason All-State selection rushed for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns, but that wasn’t enough. He returned a kickoff for a score to total 424 all-purpose yards. Not too shabby.
— #BCSNnation (@BCSNsports) August 27, 2016
Georgia dual-threat quarterback Jarren Williams didn’t get the win, falling 34-13, but he still had a solid outing. The junior QB completed 24 of 39 passes for 302 yards and the team’s only 2 touchdowns.
Wide receiver Javonte Richardson had three catches and a touchdown, but was rested after the first quarter in a blowout. He almost took another one to the house on this kick return.
— DSmith41 (@das3674) August 27, 2016
Defensively, future Wildcats got familiar with the end zone. Linebacker Jamin Davis was only a few yards away from a scoop and score.
— Frank Sulkowski WJCL (@TheBigGuyWJCL) August 27, 2016
Florida cornerback Cedrick Dort jumped the slant route for an impressive Pick 6.
— Audible Sports (@AudibleSports) August 27, 2016
3-star Ft. Lauderdale cornerback Michael Nesbitt has committed to Kentucky.
Standing 6’1″ tall, the lengthy 2017 athlete boasts 4.4 speed and is considered a Top 75 cornerback in his class. He chose the Cats over LSU, Auburn, UCF, Louisville, South Carolina, Arkansas, Pitt, Maryland and West Virginia. He announced his decision via Twitter.
Take a look at the junior year highlights of the Cats’ 13th commit in the 2017 class.
We don’t call him “Scoop Lemond” for nothing, folks. While five-star offensive tackle Jedrick Wills told other reporters he wasn’t going to make his college announcement tonight, our own Ryan Lemond tweeted this cryptic hint that all but assures the Lafayette star is headed to Alabama:
— Ryan Lemond (@ryanlemond) August 20, 2016
This news isn’t surprising; Kentucky was in the hunt for Wills until a month or so ago, but Alabama did as Alabama does and pulled ahead as the heavy favorite. It’s not over until it’s over, but, well, it looks like it’s over.
Best of luck to you, Jedrick. Make us proud.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 16th, 2016 @ 11:15am
Jedrick Wills is expected to announce his college decision by week’s end and it’s not going to be good news for Big Blue Nation.
The Lafayette product, a five-star offensive tackle, is considering Kentucky and Alabama, and all signs point to the Crimson Tide being the pick. I’d bet my August Taco Bell allowance on it.
Mark Stoops and the Kentucky coaching staff have been all over Wills for a long time, in hopes he will follow Landon Young’s path from the Generals to the Wildcats. However, Wills will look to make his own path (or follow Damien Harris’) by leaving the state to join the best program in college football, a decision fans can’t fault him for making.
Wills opens his senior season of high school Friday night against Paul Laurence Dunbar in a neutral site, non-conference game in Scott County.
Remember, a fall decision means very little in college football recruiting and Kentucky will still pursue him throughout his senior year until that paperwork is signed next February.
Between a bachelorette party and plenty of Olympics, I found time this weekend to watch a few more episodes of Netflix’s latest hit, “Last Chance U.” Like many of you, I’m a huge fan of the docu-series about the East Mississippi Community College football program — of which Za’Darius Smith is an alum — and while most will bring up Brittany Wagner, the academic advisor, Buddy Stephens, the intense head coach, or lovable Ollie as their favorite characters, I’m here to honor another: Richie Wallace, aka the “Lion Guy.” Wallace is a huge EMCC football fan, and one day, started growling like a lion — the team’s mascot — during games and it became a thing:
East Mississippi’s won three national championships in the past five years, so maybe Wallace is on to something. Does anyone want to volunteer to be Kentucky’s “Wildcat Guy”? I bet Chester is up to the task.
Let’s channel the Lion Guy’s energy as we head into another week, shall we?
ICYMI, Darius West is out for the season
The biggest news from the weekend is that sophomore safety Darius West is out for the season with a patellar tendon injury. West was the projected started at free safety along with Mike Edwards, and losing him is a huge blow, especially on the heels of the news that defensive tackle Regie Meant may miss the season for personal reasons. Right now, Blake McClain and Marcus McWilson are battling for West’s spot, with McClain considered the forerunner. In other injury news, Mark Stoops said running back Mikel Horton suffered a “pretty significant” ankle injury and wide receiver Blake Bone is nursing a hamstring injury.
Programs across the country are experiencing similar attrition, but the news about West wasn’t what anyone wanted to hear this weekend. In more encouraging news…
Drew Barker was apparently great in Saturday’s scrimmage
Both Stoops and Eddie Gran praised Barker’s play in the team’s first scrimmage Saturday, backing up all the good things we’ve been hearing about him so far in camp. Gran said Barker was firing on all cylinders, converting consistently on 3rd down and finding open targets. I’ll admit I’ve been skeptical about Barker, but after one week of camp, all reports have been positive. Even better, receivers are apparently catching balls and hanging on to them, a concept so simple yet so daunting for UK’s receiving corps the past few years.
For more on Saturday’s scrimmage, check out Nick Roush’s recap of the coaches’ remarks. Mark Stoops and the defense will address reporters after today’s practice, so check back around lunch for a recap.
Jedrick Wills expected to announce his decision this week
The five-star offensive tackle from Lafayette is likely to announce his college decision before his senior season starts on Friday, and unfortunately, all signs point to Alabama. Kentucky looked to be in a good spot with Wills, teammate of UK commit Walker Wood and former teammate of UK freshman Landon Young, but in recent weeks, Alabama pulled ahead, with many whispering that Wills has already given the Crimson Tide a silent commitment. Anything can happen, but for now, brace yourself for another highly touted Kentucky kid to go to Tuscaloosa.
Usain Bolt is incredible
I think just about everyone watched Bolt cruise in the 100m final last night, or at least shared this amazing picture by Getty. For about three seconds, it appeared that American Justin Gatlin might have a chance to beat Bolt, but then the Jamaican legend kicked it into high gear and flew past the competition with amazing ease, even turning his head to deliver a grin for the cameras.
(UPDATE: This pic of Bolt was actually from the semifinals. Regardless, he is still very, very fast.)
Here are the highlights of today’s Olympic schedule:
KSR is in Lexington
But where? We’ll find out in an hour.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 08th, 2016 @ 1:00pm
Some more disappointing, although not very surprising, news on the football front: former four-star UK commit James Hudson committed to Michigan a few minutes ago:
Sorry For The Wait 🤘🏽 pic.twitter.com/keAFekr22f
— James Hudson III ™ (@__BallisLife2) August 8, 2016
Hudson is considered the seventh best strong-side defensive end in the 2017 class and committed to UK back in April, but decommitted a month later after picking up offers from Alabama and Miami, along with interest from Michigan and Michigan State. Three days later, he got an offer from Michigan, and now, he’s pledged to become a Wolverine.
Best of luck to you, James.
4-star defensive end James Huson said he will announce his college decision on Monday. The Toldeo native committed to Kentucky on July 28, 2015. Upon picking up some high-profile scholarship offers, Hudson decommitted on May 18 to explore his options.
Hudson’s Top 10 list is filled with prestigious programs. Along with Kentucky, Hudson is also considering Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Penn State, Nebraska, Miami, Pitt and Louisville.