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Kentucky Extends Official 2020 Football Scholarship Offers


August 1 marks the beginning of Kentucky football camp and the start of a new recruiting calendar year.

Football Subdivision Schools can now officially extend scholarship offers to prospective recruits. It’s not the first time a team will verbally offer a scholarship to an athlete, but it’s the first time they can put it on the record. Throughout the day UK football recruits will be sharing the photoshopped messages they’ve received from the school. Four-star wide receiver commit Kalil Branham was the first to share his on Twitter.


Louisville wide receiver Jordan Watkins also got in on the action.


In the month of August, Kentucky cannot contact recruits in-person, except for the 48 hours leading into the Cats’ first game of the season August 31. Once the calendar turns to September, things heat up in the class of 2021. Coaches will then be able to call or text recruits like Dekel Crowdus and Jager Burton.

Four-star safety picks Michigan over Kentucky

Photo: University of Michigan

Kentucky’s been on a recruiting roll this summer, but they weren’t able to pry a four-star safety from his home state school.

Makari Paige, the No. 22 safety in the 2020 class, committed to Michigan tonight, which isn’t terribly surprising considering he visited the Wolverines for their BBQ at the Big House event this past weekend. Kentucky was in his top four, along with Ohio State and Penn State.

The Cats have other irons in the fire at safety, namely Vito Tisdale from Bowling Green and Rickey Hyatt Jr. from Westerville, Ohio; in fact, all three picks in Hyatt’s Crystal Ball are for Kentucky, a very promising sign.