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Kentucky has In-State Football Recruiting Momentum

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Not long ago, many believed Kentucky was behind the eight-ball in in-state recruiting.  Now the Cats have momentum with four four-star recruits entering the final stretch of the 2019 recruiting season.

The Commonwealth’s top eight 2019 prospects are consensus four-star players.  Half of them decided early on they wanted to play college football outside of the state.  When Alabama, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech received high-profile commitments, many worried Mark Stoops lost his touch.  Then he let the Big Dog loose.

Since Marrow assumed the lead for in-state recruits, the Cats have been on a role.  After picking up commitments from Eli Cox and TaeTae Crumes, Marrow has put UK in a position to land all four of the remaining four-star recruits.

For the Mississippi State game, Kentucky hosted four-star defensive end J.J. Weaver.  The Louisville Moore pass-rusher watched Josh Allen wreak havoc against the Mississippi State offense.  Now he has an official visit scheduled for October 20 when the Cats host Vanderbilt.  It will be Weaver’s final official visit before he announces November 3.  Weaver has a top six, but most believe it’s between Kentucky and Louisville.  His close relationship with Crumes may help put UK over the top.

Two more four-stars were in town for Kentucky’s win over South Carolina.  Wandale Robinson visited unofficially while Jared Casey used an official visit.  Sources tell KSR Robinson’s visit “could not have gone any better.”  The same can probably be said for Casey, who promptly announced a decision date just a few days after leaving Lexington.

Each recruit will take their final official visits this weekend.  Casey will be in Madison to watch Wisconsin play Nebraska, while Robinson will be in Columbus to see Ohio State stomp Indiana.  Oregon is the apparent leader for Casey, while Alabama and Ohio State duke it out for Robinson.  If either decide to stay inside the Commonwealth to play college football, Kentucky is the apparent choice.

There’s also a wild card in the mix.  Christian Academy of Louisville wide receiver Milton Wright is the top-ranked uncommitted prospect in the state, considered by 247 Sports as the No. 153 player in the nation. Wright has a top five featuring UK, UofL, Purdue, Alabama and Ohio State.  No recruitment has been quieter than Wright’s, but the scuttlebutt around recruiting circles is that Wright is leaning toward UK.  If Vince Marrow can land a commitment from Wright, it will shock the recruiting world.

At one point in time, it looked like Kentucky would be lucky to land one of the four.  Now there’s a good chance Kentucky will receive commitments from three of the state’s final four uncommitted four-star recruits.  Oh yeah, and they could pick up a commitment from Shawnkel Knight-Goff, the Commonwealth’s ninth-ranked player and a three-star outside linebacker that was once a Kentucky commit.

Jared Casey will announce his commitment one week from today.  If he rocks Kentucky blue, it could be the first domino to fall in a spectacular in-state recruiting season finale for the Wildcats.


Jared Casey Sets Decision Date

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A four-star Louisville linebacker has a decision date and the timing bodes well for Kentucky.

Jared Casey revealed on Twitter he will make his college decision one week from Thursday on October 11.  The announcement comes just a few days removed from an official visit to Kentucky.  After his trip to Lexington, Casey told 247 Sports, “It feels like home every time I go down there.”

Casey will choose between Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon and Wisconsin.  He took an official visit to Oregon in early September and will use his final official visit this weekend in Madison, Wisconsin.

The four-star Ballard High School linebacker is considered the No. 260 player in America by 247 Sports.  The Crystal Ball currently gives Oregon a 62-38 advantage over Louisville.


Talented Recruits are Flocking to Kroger Field for UK-South Carolina

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Last weekend’s recruiting effort quickly produced results.  Two players committed within 24 hours after UK’s win over Mississippi State.  If that success is replicated this weekend, Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class will be in excellent shape.

There are quite a few talented in-state recruits unofficially visiting campus.  Fresh off another crazy five touchdown performance, Wandale Robinson will travel to Lexington.  It could be his last visit to UK before he makes a final decision.

Four-star linebacker Jared Casey will make the trip from Louisville to Lexington for an official visit.  Earlier this week Casey cut his list of schools to four — Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon and Wisconsin.  Butler wide receiver and UK commit Demontae “TaeTae” Crumes is expected to be on campus too.

A few other highly-ranked recruits from Louisville could be on campus.  There are conflicting reports where Milton Wright, the highest-ranked uncommitted player in the state, and J.J. Weaver will be today, UK or UofL.  Weaver was in Lexington last weekend and yesterday 247’s Steve Wiltfong logged a Kentucky Crystal Ball prediction for Wright.  Between you and me, the “Wright to Kentucky” prediction is a complete shock.  I did not think Kentucky stood a chance in Wright’s recruitment.  The Big Dog is doing work.

The Cats are expected to host a few other official visitors.  South Carolina cornerback Jalen Geiger, a UK commit, is using this weekend for his official visit.  Hailing from Mark Stoops’ alma mater Cardinal Mooney, three-star offensive guard Kyle Jornigan is expected to be on campus for an official visit.

Quarterback commit Nik Scalzo made the unexpected trip from Ft. Lauderdale and brought one of his receivers, sophomore Troy Stellato.

There will be quite a few underclassmen in attendance and they aren’t chumps.  Vito Tisdale is a top 150 talent in the 2020 class from Bowling Green with offers from Oklahoma and Alabama.  Tonight the four-star prospect will be in Lexington.

A few other juniors expected to be in the stands tonight: North Carolina pocket passer Navy Shuler, Tennessee defensive end Jay Hardy and Georgia wide receiver Konata Mumpfield.


UK Fans of the Day want to know which recruits attended UK-Miss. State

UK Fans of the Day want to know which recruits attended UK-Miss. State

Kentucky received two commitments in less than 12 hours after the victory over Mississippi State.  Junior college cornerback Brandin Echols and quarterback Amani Gilmore weren’t the only high profile players at Kroger Field Saturday night.

There were multiple members of Kentucky’s 2019 class in town for the game.  Two linebackers were on their official visits, KD McDaniel and Taures Payne.  McDaniel, a Georgia native, was the first 2019 commitment and is currently the second-highest ranked player in the 2019 class.  Payne is a junior college transfer that currently plays with Echols at Northwest Community College in Mississippi.

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The highest-ranked member of UK’s class, Moses Douglass, brought a teammate to the game. Isaiah Gibson was in the Kroger Field stands just three days after committing to Kentucky.

There were also plenty of talented in-state recruits in Lexington.  J.J. Weaver is not just one of the best remaining 2019 recruits on the board, the four-star defensive end is one of the nation’s top pass rushers.  I’m sure Josh Allen’s performance was an eye-opener for the Louisville Moore star.  Weaver will return for an official visit later this fall.

Most of the recruits were underclassmen.  Junior quarterback and legacy recruit Beau Allen was in the building.  John Young, a four-star junior offensive tackle from Louisville Christian Academy, saw Kentucky beat up a physical Miss. State team in the trenches.  Another young talent from Louisville, Male wide receiver Izayah Cummings, tried on a Kentucky uniform during his visit.

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Another junior quarterback was blown away by Kentucky’s performance.  Michael Wright, a three-star pocket passer from Atlanta, left Lexington typing in all caps.


JUCO Cornerback Brandin Echols Commits to Kentucky

The weekend keeps getting better and better for the Kentucky football program.

Brandin Echols, the 44th-rated JUCO prospect in the country, just announced on his Twitter page that he has committed to Kentucky.

He decided to join Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class following an official visit to Lexington this weekend.

This is Kentucky’s second commitment since their huge victory over Mississippi State last night, with three-star quarterback Amani Gilmore choosing the Cats almost immediately after the game went final.

Echols has a chance to make an immediate impact in 2019 as Derrick Baity, Chris Westry, and Lonnie Johnson are all seniors.

Watch him work below:

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Three-Star Quarterback Celebrates Win by Committing to Kentucky

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After winning a game against the No. 14 team in the country, Mark Stoops’ staff is celebrating with a game of Yahtzee!

Shortly after he saw Kentucky defeat Mississippi State from the Kroger Field stands, Amani Gilmore committed to Kentucky.

A three-star prospect from Amite, Louisiana, the pro-style quarterback was recruited by Michael Smith.  Gilmore is the 17th member of UK’s 2019 recruiting class and the second quarterback.  Some of his best work:

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