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Friday Afternoon Football Recruiting Notes for the UK Fans of the Day

Before Kentucky closes Kroger Field for the season against Middle Tennessee State, enjoy a few Friday afternoon football recruiting nuggets.

Wandale — At the top of UK’s recruiting guest list is the Cats’ top recruit in the 2019 class.  Derrick Terry reports that Wandale Robinson will make the short drive from Frankfort to watch Kentucky take on Middle Tennessee State.  It will be the last time Robinson isn’t wearing a uniform at Kroger Field.

An Offer to a Commit?  Nine times out of ten, you offer a person before they commit.  That’s not the case with Micah White.  Last month the 6’5″ Milton, Georgia wide receiver committed to UK as a preferred walk-on.  The Cats are keeping him in the fold by offering him a scholarship, a wise move to make at a position of need.

Underclassmen in Town — Unlike a few previous weekends, it’s a little bit harder to find recruits that will be on campus this weekend.  The noon kickoff makes it difficult, but a few are still making the trip.

Terian Williams II is only a freshman, but the Georgia quarterback/athlete already has offers from Tennessee and Howard.  Junior defensive end Tilor Harris plans on making the trip from Missouri.  Alex Parades, a senior offensive guard from Illinois, is expected to take an unofficial as well.

UK Offers LSU Commit — Looking to shore up the secondary with the final spots in Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class, the Cats offered a high profile cornerback from Alabama.  One-time Auburn commit and current LSU commit, Cordale Flott, picked up the offer earlier this week.

Signing Day is Almost Here — We are only 33 days away from the beginning of the early football signing period.  Once the regular season ends, we’ll be dropping plenty of knowledge on the Cats’ upcoming recruiting class.  Prepare accordingly.  It’ll be here before you know it.


In-State Football Star Milton Wright Commits to Purdue

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One of the quietest football recruitments in the state has unceremoniously ended.  Christian Academy of Louisville wide receiver Milton Wright will be a Purdue Boilermaker.

“I chose Purdue because it’s a family atmosphere up there and I really like what Coach Brohm is doing up there and I know it’s the right place for me and my family,” Wright told Rivals. “They’ve been the one school that’s always been there and recruiting me hard no matter what.”

Wright chose Purdue over Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio State and Louisville.  In the end, it was between Kentucky and Purdue, but Jeff Brohm’s heavy passing attack and extensive relationship with Wright won out.

Up until this morning, Wright was the highest-ranked uncommitted in-state prospect.  The four-star wide receiver is a consensus Top 250 player and is ranked as high as No. 153 by 247 Sports.

Without Wright in the picture, UK has only one more chance to land a big fish from the state of Kentucky.  The good news: the Cats are in great shape with J.J. Weaver.  The four-star Louisville Moore pass rusher will announce his decision November 30.


Three-star cornerback decommits from Kentucky

Three-star cornerback decommits from Kentucky

A defensive back out of Georgia has reopened his recruitment after decommitting from the University of Kentucky.

Three-star cornerback Jay Ward tweeted his decommitment Tuesday afternoon, saying he will explore more options.

The decision to pull his commitment from UK came days after taking a visit to LSU, so, presumably, LSU is high on his list. He received his LSU offer just last month.

Ward committed to Kentucky back in June.


Recruiting Reaction from the Kentucky-Georgia Game

Recruiting Reaction from the Kentucky-Georgia Game

The University of Kentucky didn’t get a win against Georgia, but you still might consider it a recruiting win.  Countless recruits witnessed a packed Kroger Field for the SEC East showdown.  Many shared their experience on social media after the game.

The biggest name on the guest list might have also been the biggest person in the stands.  Justin Rogers, a five-star Michigan offensive lineman in the 2020 class, shared this snapshot from his trip.

Dylan Rathcke is a pretty big guy too.  One of Kentucky’s top remaining offensive tackle targets in the 2019 class, the Baton Rouge native made his first trip to Lexington.  Arkansas is believed to be UK’s top competition for the three-star prospect.

The name we’ll probably be talking about most in the upcoming 2020 class is Vito Tisdale.  The  Bowling Green High School safety is considered the No. 5 safety in the 2020 class and a Top 150 player in America.  Already a four-star prospect, Tisdale holds offers from Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee and of course, Kentucky.

William Griffin, a 6’5″ sophomore offensive tackle from Nashville, Tennessee, picked up an offer on the visit.

Kentucky also extended an offer to someone who has family ties to Kentucky.  Randall Cobb’s nephew, Tee Hodge, is a three-star 2020 running back form Maryville, Tennessee who now holds a UK offer.

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Recruiting Visitors for Kentucky-Georgia

For the biggest game in the history of Kroger Field, Mark Stoops is hosting one of the biggest recruiting weekends in Kentucky football history.

Arguably the most important player visiting campus is a Kentucky commit.  Defensive tackle Cavon Butler will take his official visit this weekend.  Butler isn’t the highest-ranked recruit, but he’s an incredibly talented interior defensive lineman (a tough position to recruit) that has drawn the interest from Ohio State and Michigan State since he committed to UK.  Before he officially visits Columbus for the Michigan game, the Cats have a chance to make a big impression this weekend.

Butler is one of many from the Buckeye State who will be making the trip to Lexington down I-75.  Springfield High School has quite the caravan.  Three-star 2019 outside linebacker Ra’Heim Moss will unofficially visit with a pair of UK commits, Moses Douglass and Isaiah Gibson.

Most of Kentucky’s 2019 class will be in the Kroger Field stands.  Wandale Robinson, Shawnkel Knight-Goff, Eli Cox, Nik Scalzo and Nik Ognenovic are expected to be in Lexington.  Louisville Butler wide receiver Demontae “Tae Tae” Crumes will use this weekend as his official visit.

There will also be a number of prospects from the state of Georgia in town.  Three-star offensive guard Kamaar Bell will officially visit.  From Moultrie, Georgia, Bell plays for Sihiem King’s alma mater, Colquitt County.  Two other three-star Georgians in the 2020 class, quarterback Mike Wright and offensive lineman Trey Zimmerman, are expected to be in Lexington.

There are a couple of headline-grabbing underclassmen that could make the trip from Michigan.  Marquan McCall’s friends and former Oak Park teammates are two of the most talented juniors in America.  Offensive lineman Justin Rogers is a five-star prospect and the No. 15 player in the 2020 class.  Quarterback Enzo Jennings is considered the No. 83 player in the 2020 class.  Each visited UK often throughout McCall’s recruitment.  A win on Saturday could keep the Cats involved until the very end of their recruitments.

There are plenty of underclassmen who don’t have to travel so far to see the Cats.  Most of the top Kentuckians in the 2020 class are expected to unofficially visit UK this weekend.  That includes Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen, Boyle County wide receiver Reese Smith, CAL offensive lineman John Young and Male wide receiver Izayah Cummings.

This list is by no means a finalized guest list.  Plans change.  Regardless of who can actually get to Lexington, it’s going to be a phenomenal day to showcase Kentucky football to promising recruits.


Vince Marrow responds to claims he played dirty for Wandale Robinson

Nebraska fans are not coping well with Wandale Robinson’s commitment to Kentucky yesterday; in fact, Jim Rose, the former play-by-play announcer for the Cornhuskers, went as far to suggest that Vince Marrow, Kentucky’s recruiting coordinator, played dirty for the four-star athlete.

“Things were looking good for us, until last night. Kentucky assistant Vince Marrow, perhaps accompanied by a few special friends of Kentucky athletics, hung with the Robinsons. When the meeting adjourned, one of them placed a call to Frost. He was presented with the minutes of the last meeting and was asked, ‘Is Nebraska still interested?’ Scott had no idea who the guy was, how he knows Wandale Robinson or even how he go Frost’s number. The call didn’t last long. There’s a good chance Wandale Robinson will never again speak to a Nebraska coach.”

“Who knows what, if anything, beyond room and board, tuition fees, and a living stipend was promised to Wandale or his family. Maybe scary things were implied,” Rose said, listing various recruiting horror stories over the years. “But you can’t coach what you don’t have, so at some point even the most sincere of coaches dance with the ugly stepsister of his business knowing they can’t help all the good kids if they don’t win enough to keep their jobs.”

Well, then. Marrow, who used to coach tight ends at Nebraska, responded on Twitter:

I know Nebraska’s 2-6 this season and fans are bitter about losing Wandale, but what a bad look for the Cornhuskers.


What Wandale Robinson’s Commitment Means to Kentucky

Wandale Robinson will be a Kentucky Wildcat.

The state’s most electric playmaker turned down Ohio State, Alabama, Nebraska, Michigan and Purdue to stay home.  Arguably the biggest Kentucky commitment in five years, Robinson brings a lot to the table.

1. Never Doubt the Big Dog

Up until yesterday Ryan Lemond was the only one who still believed Wandale could end up at Kentucky.  While many recruiting experts hedged their bets to say it was a toss up, Kentucky had almost been completely been written off as a contender.

Never doubt Vince Marrow.

Kentucky recruited Robinson for quite some time.  Mark Stoops turned it up a notch this spring when Marrow took over in-state recruiting.  The move came at the perfect time.  A few months after Marrow entered the picture, so did Ohio State and Alabama.  Kentucky’s relationship with Robinson outlasted the pursuit of others, largely thanks to Marrow’s efforts.

2. An In-State Superstar

“Building a wall around the state” is a priority for every college football head coach.  It’s even more important when a state that usually isn’t rich with talent produces eight four-star players.  While some decided to take their talents elsewhere, Kentucky was able to keep the future Mr. Football.

Robinson brings something to the table only a few can.  He is a highlight-maker with an effusive personality.  Landon Young and Drake Jackson’s contributions to the UK football program have paved the way for an excellent rushing attack, but Kash Daniel speaks to fans in a way few can.  His connection with the BBN is immeasurable.  It’s difficult to replicate how Kash reaches fans, but Wandale is the type of person that can do just that.

3. Dynamic Offense

There will be an offensive production vacuum after Benny Snell’s departure.  After three years of power football, Kentucky’s offense will change in 2019.  With a year of experience, the ball will be put in Terry Wilson’s hands.  Now he’ll have a couple of different playmakers at his side.

Lynn Bowden has quickly become Wilson’s go-to receiver.  Bowden caught 13 of Wilson’s 22 completions against Missouri, six more than the rest of the receivers combined.

There’s room for Wandale to emerge as a playmaker, one that can do incredible things from a variety of positions.  Many compare his style to Bowden, but considering their similar frame, Rondale Moore might be the better comparison.  If you’ve watched one Purdue game this year, that should be enough to convince you this kid’s got what it takes to make plays right away.

4. More Dominos to Follow?

There are still a few highly-ranked uncommitted prospects from Kentucky.  The addition of a star like Wandale could convince Milton Wright and J.J. Weaver to join him in Lexington.  Weaver will make his decision one month from tomorrow.  The momentum from Wandale’s decision could last long enough to give Mark Stoops another in-state Yahtzee!


Wandale Robinson will Enroll Early at Kentucky

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It won’t be long before Wandale Robinson is on Kentucky’s campus.

Shortly after the four-star prospect committed to Kentucky in front of a packed house at Western Hills High School, he revealed to reporters that he plans on signing with UK in December and enrolling in January.  The move will give the Mr. Football frontrunner a head start in the weight room and on the field in spring practice.

Before he gets to Kentucky, Robinson will conclude his prep career at the Adidas All-American Bowl (formerly sponsored by the U.S. Army) in San Antonio January 5 on NBC.  His KHSAA season is still alive.  The 3A playoffs begin tomorrow night when Western Hills travels to Lawrence County.

 


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