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Four-Star Safety Vito Tisdale is Trending Towards Kentucky

Could Kentucky get yet ANOTHER highly touted in-state recruit?

Stoops and Marrow have been hard at work for this 2020 Kentucky class, with the commitments of four-star quarterback Beau Allen and four-star offensive lineman John Young already falling into place, the two might have themselves another one in Vito Tisdale.

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Four-star bowling green native, Vito Tisdale, is listed as the second best player in the state for the 2020 class, and Kentucky is in great shape to land Tisdale according to 24/7 Sports as the 6-1 safety’s crystal ball is Kentucky blue.

Kentucky leads contenders with a 60% chance to land Tisdale. Louisville sits at 30%, and the Oklahoma Sooners have a 10% chance.

Tisdale is listed as the Nation’s ninth-best safety and Kentucky’s second best player in the 2020 Class.

In late April, John Young gave Shawn Smith of Go Big Blue Country a wishlist of players he would like to recruit to Kentucky along with him for the 2020 season. Those names included Beau Allen, Andru PhillipsIzayah Cummings, Tee Hodge and of course Vito Tisdale.

Young has already successfully helped pull in Phillips and Allen, and it appears he may be batting 1.000 with the latest news on Vito Tisdale.

John Young’s commitment is a more significant domino in the 2020 recruiting class than people realize, and if he can help pull another four-star, Mark Stoops just might have him another recruiter alongside Vince Marrow in a few years.

Tisdale has not set his commitment date.


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Five-star lineman Justin Rogers lists Kentucky in final top-5 schools

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Kentucky is officially in the mix for one of the top-10 football players in the nation. Justin Rogers, a five-star prospect, is listed as the No. 1 offensive guard in the 2020 recruiting class, and he just included the University of Kentucky in his final top-5 list. The other four? Georgia, LSU, Michigan and Tennessee.

Prior to the announcement, Rivals had Kentucky listed as the favorite at 44 percent (Georgia was the runner-up with 33 percent, followed by Tennessee and Ohio State). 24/7 Sports had a similar breakdown: UK at 33 percent, followed by Tennessee at 22 percent, Ohio State at 17 percent, undecided at 17 percent and Georgia at 11 percent. The inclusion of LSU and Michigan could shake things up a bit, while Ohio State is now apparently out of the running.

Rogers, a native of Oak Park, Michigan, is listed at 6-foot-2.5 and 311 pounds. Kentucky was the first school to extend an offer all the way back in 2016 – a fact that’s not lost on Rogers.

Although there are four other schools still competing for Rogers’ talents, the Cats seem to have the recent advantage. Rivals’ Justin Rowland submitted a prediction in favor of the Wildcats on the evening of April 28. Since then, 24/7 Sports’ Allen Trieu – who has gotten 93.75 percent of his 2020 picks correct so far – predicted Kentucky last Monday. 24/7 Sports’ Director of Football Recruiting, Steve Wiltfong, also lists Kentucky as Rogers’ top choice. Wiltfong has a 90.48 percent success rate so far with the 2020 recruiting class.

Rogers took an official visit to Lexington back on April 26, and he’ll visit the University of Georgia on May 17. His decision date is set for May 20. 

Until then, the UK coaching staff will be all over Rogers – and they won’t be alone. DeAndre Square, a current linebacker for Kentucky, and John Young, a recent UK commit, are also working their magic.

T-minus 11 days until Rogers makes his announcement. Let’s do this thing.


Recruiting analysts predict Kentucky football lands 2020 five-star OL Justin Rogers

Recruiting analysts predict Kentucky football lands 2020 five-star OL Justin Rogers

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Could Kentucky be landing a legitimate five-star, top-10 prospect in the class of 2020… for football?

A few fairly significant recruiting analysts seem to think so.

On Monday morning, Allen Trieu 247 Sports, who holds a career 91.18% all-time prediction record, submitted a pick in favor of Kentucky for 2020 five-star offensive lineman Justin Rogers.

Michigan State insider Sean Scherer followed not too long after.

Meanwhile, Justin Rowland of Rivals.com submitted a prediction in favor of the Wildcats back on the evening of April 28.

According to Rivals.com, Rogers is considered the No. 10 prospect in the class of 2020 and a five-star overall. At 6-foot-4, 314 pounds, the elite prospect with offers from Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Clemson, and Tennessee (among others) the Oak Park, MI native is listed as the No. 1 offensive guard in the nation.

Rogers has been outspoken about his love and respect for the Kentucky football program in the past, and he proved that interest was legitimate by officially visiting Lexington last weekend. UK was his very first scholarship offer back in 2016, and he has said on Twitter multiple times that he will always have a soft spot in his heart for the Wildcats based on that alone. In his eyes, they were the first to see what he was capable of, so it would only be fair to return the favor by giving them a legitimate shot when it comes time for a decision.

And according to multiple different analysts, it looks like we might be trending that direction.

Check out his junior-year highlight tape below:

Could Kentucky actually pull this one off?


Quarterback Beau Allen commits Monday – Where does UK stand?

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Current Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen is set to make his college decision in less than 24 hours: he’ll announce where he’s decided to spend the next four years of his football career Monday at 3:30 p.m. There’s not much time left in a recruitment that’s been ongoing for years – where does Kentucky stand now that it’s coming down to the wire?

Long story short, the Wildcats appear to be in a good spot with Allen. The 6-foot-2 quarterback has been showing UK (and some freshly-committed Cats) plenty of love on Twitter, and 24/7 Sports currently has his Crystal Ball set to 100% for the Wildcats.

Allen took an official visit last weekend, alongside two players who have since committed: four-star offensive lineman John Young and three-star defensive back Andru Phillips. Allen reposted both Young and Phillips’ commitment announcements. In the last few days, Allen has also “liked” Tweets by accounts such as The Stoops Era and Everything Kentucky Football.

As promised, John Young has also hit Allen’s social media pretty hard with pro-Kentucky Tweets. If this is what he’s doing on a public forum, imagine the texts he’s sending his friend.

When Young came on KSR following his own announcement, he promised to “bug [Allen] until he blocks my number. I’m going to be on him until his commits.”

Could Young’s final efforts be enough to seal the deal? Will the four-star quarterback be the next Kentuckian to announce a verbal commitment?

Allen also has offers from the Washington State Cougars and Neal Brown’s West Virginia Mountaineers. Allen visited the west coast the weekend before his Kentucky visit, describing his weekend with the Cougs as “really great.”

When asked about his feelings toward the University of Kentucky, Allen was very positive. Like all of UK’s recent commits, Allen cited the program’s upwards trajectory under Coach Mark Stoops. He also mentioned his close relationship with the UK staff, specifically mentioning offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw and special teams coordinator Dean Hood.

Could Allen finalize a spectacular in-state trifecta for the 2020 Wildcat squad? We’ll have to wait until Monday afternoon to be certain, but the tea leaves certainly look good for Kentucky.


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Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Today on KSR: Controversy Swirls as Country House takes 145th Derby

Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

I watched the Kentucky Derby from Great American Ballpark minutes before the Reds and Giants played. My dad and I saw Maximum Security win and made our way to our seats thinking that was the end of everything. It was until I got a notification that said that Maximum Security was DQ and Country House was declared the winner.

I am the furthest thing from an expert when it comes to horse racing. Did Maximum Security “impede” the progress of another horse? I don’t even know that I would know what to look for.

To watch the stewards discuss the ruling, click the link below:

Again, I would be the first to admit that I don’t have a true understanding of the rules that go into a race. What I do know is that this will be a finish that is talked about for the next 145 Derbys.

Now onto the other news of the day:

Jalen Johnson includes Kentucky in Top Four

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One of the top juniors in the class of 2020 announced yesterday that Kentucky, along with Wisconsin, Arizona and Duke, are finalists in his recruitment.

Johnson is a 6’8 forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He told reporters last year that the hometown Badgers had a slight lead, but his recruitment was still wide open. While their games aren’t the same, if I am John Calipari, I 100% send the five-star prospect footage of Tyler Herro. Show what Kentucky can do for a kid from Wisconsin.

For more on Johnson, including his opinions on Kentucky… and Duke, click this link for a write up from KSR’s recruiting expert Jack Pilgrim.

Beau Allen talks decision

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To say the last week has been good for recruiting in Kentucky would be an understatement. Tomorrow could be the cap off of a true trifecta with Lexington native Beau Allen announcing his commitment.

Allen, a four star quarterback, will make his decision between Kentucky, Washington State, West Virginia and Duke. In a recent interview with Rivals, Allen talked about what he likes about each school and his response to Kentucky is interesting. You might think the “hometown hero” card is the biggest factor, but it is something else that he likes.

To find out what that is, and his opinion on other schools, click here.

Cats visit five-star guard Daishen Nix

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The recruiting didn’t end for the Kentucky coaching staff as Joel Justus was in to see Alaska native Daishen Nix. I admittedly don’t know a lot about Nix, but the minute I saw Alaska native, I knew exactly why the Cats were recruiting him. While he now plays in Las Vegas, you never know if an in-home visit could happen in Alaska and isn’t that Coach Cal’s dream to go there? I kid…

Nix is the #13 player in the class of 2020 and holds offers from most of the major west coast programs.

From yesterday’s KSR article, “Josh Gershon of 247 Sports says Nix is an ‘outstanding facilitator’ with ‘elite vision’ and ‘strong natural instincts.’

Good size for position with strong, sturdy frame. Elite vision; outstanding facilitator who is creative as a distributor. High basketball IQ with strong natural instincts for position. Improving shooter with range to perimeter although he is more efficient as he get closer to basket. Quick hands and impressive instincts on defense. Could improve as a shooter but it’s an area he’s shown progress and in general has been on a high trajectory since arriving in Nevada from Alaska prior to his freshman season. Projects as a successful college point guard with NBA upside.

This seems like a good guy to get to join Ramon Harris as Cats from Alaska.

Baseball DH at home this afternoon

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If you are looking for a good way to spend your Saturday, make your way to Kentucky Proud Park where the Kentucky Baseball team will take on Arkansas in a DH beginning at 1pm.

I have heard nothing but good things about the new stadium and with the rain gone, I can’t think of a much better way to spend a Sunday.