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Kentucky offers three-star linebacker from Tennessee

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While day two of the divisional round of the NFL playoffs started, the Kentucky football coaching staff extended an offer to three-star linebacker Devyn Curtis.

Curtis is 6’2 and is rated at the 25th best ILB in the nation and the 23rd best player in the state of Tennessee for the Class of 2020.

The Brentwood Academy defensive stud currently holds offers from both Vanderbilt and South Carolina as well as other Group of Five programs.

Curtis was in attendance in November for the Georgia game and mentioned how much he enjoyed the atmosphere of the game.

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Could we possibly be calling his name soon enough as a replacement for Kash Daniel? Come on down!

4-Star Enzo Jennings lists Kentucky in Top-11

4-Star Enzo Jennings lists Kentucky in Top-11

Enzo Jennings has made his first round of cuts – and Kentucky made the list. Of course, the 2020 4-star prospect left 11 schools on his radar, but it’s still positive news for the Cats.

The Michigan native is listed as a 6-foot-2, 178-pound cornerback. He comes in just inside the top-100 players in the class nationally (No. 93) and ranks as the No. 11 “athlete” in the class. According to Jennings’ 247Sports profile, the top-four contenders for his commitment are Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee and Notre Dame, and he is being recruited by Steve Clinkscale, the Cats’ defensive backs coach.

To make it even more interesting, Jennings is also teammates with 5-star offensive guard Justin Rogers. His commitment, as of now, seems to be between Georgia and Ohio State, but Kentucky is still listed as a ‘warm” school on 247Sports (along with LSU, Michigan and Tennessee). And it looks like he still needs some help deciding:

Kentucky has several young guys coming through the pipelines for both of these positions, but they are losing key seniors, so it never hurts to pick up a few more highly-touted recruits. At the cornerback position, UK will lose Derrick Baity and Lonnie Johnson; at offensive guard, they’ll lose an All-American in Bunchy Stallings.

We’re still a long way away from getting ink-to-paper for these guys, and I know there are people out there who get worn out with football commits, especially in the age of the dreaded de-commitment. But these are two talented, out-of-state ball players from up north, and it means something they’re both still interested in Kentucky. A few seasons ago, we wouldn’t have been able to say that.


Boyle County’s Reese Smith picks up an offer from West Virginia

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The Cats have some more competition. Reese Smith, a three-star 2020 prospect from Boyle County, just picked up an offer from West Virginia. Kentucky offered Smith back in October, after Tennessee extended an offer in mid-September.

Smith announced the offer on his Twitter account:

The offer comes just days after Neal Brown accepted the WVU head coaching job. Remember, Brown also played football at Boyle County High School. Smith was formerly listed as a wide receiver, but is now listed as an “athlete.” As of now, Kentucky is recruiting him as a safety, while other schools, including Duke, are recruiting him as a slot receiver.

Last season, Smith finished with 53 receptions for 1,173 yards and 20 touchdowns. At safety, he had three interceptions in 2018, returning one for a 99 yard touchdown.

Sure, Neal Brown seems like a nice guy and they share that Boyle County bond. But the Cats just went 10-3, and the BBN does tend to love a Kentucky boy a little extra… Just ask Kash Daniel.


KSR Football Podcast: 2018 Early Signing Day Special

You thought we’d only have one KSR Football Podcast for our incredible listeners this week? You thought wrong.

After our Citrus Bowl Special on Tuesday, the KSR crew decided to release yet another special edition of the podcast focused on Kentucky’s successful haul on Wednesday’s Early Signing Day.

Nick Roush, Jack Pilgrim, and Adam Luckett threw on their headsets and discussed:

  • How the KSR crew avoided a Signing Day tragedy.
  • Why is the coaching staff so confident?
  • Freddie had Josh Allen. Luckett has KD McDaniel
  • Kentucky’s massive haul in the front seven
  • Recruiting pitches
  • Versatility in the class

Get the podcast delivered to your phone by subscribing to “KSR Football Podcast” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app. You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play , and streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.

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Vince Marrow: “This is probably the best linebacker corp we’ve signed since we’ve been here”

Vince Marrow got us all excited by teasing some more “very interesting things” still on the way, but he also raved about the players who signed with Kentucky this morning, particularly on defense.

“First of all, this is probably the best linebacker corp we’ve signed since we’ve been here,” Marrow said on KSR. “Very talented young men. A lot of top guys in the Top 250 and three in our own state, Shawn’Kel Knight-Goff, Jared Casey, and JJ Weaver. We’re very excited about these guys, but the whole group is very, very athletic, long, physical and can run.”

Knight-Goff, Casey, and Weaver are all from Louisville, an area that’s churning out so much talent these days Mark Stoops asked Marrow to prioritize it alongside Ohio.

“I spend a lot of time in Ohio and at one point, [Stoops] said, ‘I need you to go into Louisville. We need to really make our presence there.’ Going in there, there are some real good high school coaches but man, I can tell you, there’s really good talent there. There’s probably, in Louisville, I think seven guys that could play in the SEC and we signed five out of the seven.”

Like the 2015 class that included Josh Allen, Jordan Jones, Christ Westry, and Derrick Baity, Marrow believes this class includes some players that flew under the radar.

“Yeah, no doubt. We’ve got some kids in this class, like Shawn’Kel Knight-Goff. He’s just as talented as any of the four-star linebackers, but this kid never went to camps. A lot of these kids don’t go out and get showcased because some of these kids work jobs or whatever their circumstances are.”

Because the 2015 class is on its way out, Kentucky had to make defense a priority in the 2019 class. Marrow is confident this group fits the bill.

“I’m going to love to see what these guys turn out to be,” Marrow added. “When you look at these linebackers, dude, I’m telling you, these guys are — a lot of people wanted these guys. They’re a pretty good bunch.”