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Kentucky target Frank Gore Jr. commits to Florida Atlantic

Kentucky target Frank Gore Jr. commits to Florida Atlantic

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The son of legendary NFL running back Frank Gore will not be a Kentucky Wildcat.

This evening, 2020 three-star running back Frank Gore Jr. announced his commitment to Florida Atlantic University, choosing the Owls over Kentucky, Southern Miss, and Chattanooga.

Here was the announcement:

Kentucky offered Gore Jr. back in September of 2018, giving the 5-foot-8 back out of Miami, FL his very first Division I scholarship.

The newest FAU commit’s father, Frank Gore Sr., played at the University of Miami from 2001-2004, where he became a third round pick with the San Francisco 49ers in the 2005 NFL Draft. In college, Gore was on the Hurricane roster when Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops was the team’s defensive backs coach from 2001-2003.

In the NFL, Gore played with the 49ers for ten years before making stops in Indianapolis, Miami, and Buffalo. Throughout his historic NFL career, Gore has managed 77 rushing touchdowns and 14,478 total rushing yards, good for the fourth-most yards of all time.

As far as Kentucky is concerned, the Wildcats are in solid position with a plethora of upper-tier running back talents in the class of 2020 such as Michael Drennen II, Elijah Young, Blake Corum, and Jutahn McClain, among others.

While it would have been cool to see “Gore Jr.” on the back of a Kentucky uniform, Mark Stoops and company are doing just fine on the recruiting trail.


KSR’s Dog of the Day wants Hump Day Football Recruiting Notes

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We don’t give a damn about the whole state of Michigan…except for this sweet pup Gibson. Unfortunately, this football recruiting news will not be as sweet, but can anything be as cute as that face? I don’t think so.

I like UK’s Chances with Cummings

After speaking with Izayah Cummings on Monday, I left Male High School with a few informal impressions. One, he’s much bigger than I anticipated. Reading measurables only goes so far. Cummings has the frame of an SEC receiver.

Two, it’s incredible what Vince Marrow has accomplished in the city of Louisville. Most kids grew up watching and cheering for UofL. Bobby Petrino and Charlie Strong had the Cards rolling through most of their formative years. Kentucky was an afterthought at best. In a short amount of time, the Big Dog has changed how kids from the city of Louisville think about UK.

Three, Beau Allen will be the difference-maker in Cummings’ recruitment. Louisville likely led for Cummings early in the process. While Satterfield piddle-farted around, UK got a commitment from the state’s top quarterback. Jeff Brohm and Neal Brown will pitch a pass-happy offense, but they don’t have a guy Cummings’ trusts delivering passes from the pocket. Tennessee is trying to enter the picture, but it may be too late. Cummings will wait until later in the summer, but ultimately I believe he will hop on the hype train and commit to Kentucky.

Top Ky Talent at Clemson

The top two rising juniors in the state of Kentucky spent Tuesday camping at the University of Clemson. Wide receiver Dekel Crowdus and offensive guard Jager Burton joined their Frederick Douglass teammate, future Clemson Tiger Walker Parks, for the festivities. Neither reported offers from the coaching staff, but each player holds an offer from UK.

The Frederick Douglass contingency at Clemson (@bethdparks).

No Ohio State?

Jaheim Thomas, the Cincinnati four-star recruit who’s considered the No. 10 outside linebacker in America, recently released his seven finalists — Michigan State, Maryland, Tennessee, Cincinnati, LSU, Louisville and Kentucky. Many assumed Thomas would take his talents to Ohio State, but the Buckeyes were nowhere to be found. Without OSU in the picture, there’s more room for the Big Dog to operate.

Potential Yahtzee?

This Saturday three-star safety Trenton Yowe will announce a college decision. The Calera, Alabama native will choose between Mississippi State, West Virginia, Florida and Kentucky. Jon Sumrall put the Cats in the picture late in the process, but ultimately Yowe will likely roll with Miss. State or Florida.

Texas is not Back

Following the Longhorns’ victory over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, many believed Texas was all the way back. That’s just not the case. Not only are they doing well in school, they’re bragging about it.

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A 2.89 is a fine GPA, but is it worth bragging about with a gaudy graphic? I don’t think so. That’s probably why they’re already looking to hire a new senior graphic designer.


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Football commit John Young on recruiting: “We’re going to have a really big summer”

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Four-star offensive lineman John Young joined Matt Jones in the Hey Kentucky! studio Friday afternoon, and the future Cat gave us some insight into his college decision and what’s coming this summer for UK football recruiting.

Young says he took several visits during his recruitment, including stops at Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan, Purdue, Louisville and Auburn. But, after all of those visits, the University of Kentucky still felt like home.

“The coaching staff has been patient with recruiting, and they’ve gotten steadily better every year with their success. With success, comes good recruiting,” Young said. “When you’ve got a staff like that, that’s so personable… with them building a family atmosphere as well as having success on the field, that is just a recipe for some good recruiting.”

And Young doesn’t think that good recruiting mojo is going anywhere.

“In the coming weeks, I think we’re going to have a really big summer. I think we’re in a really good spot with some receivers, a couple running backs and a certain safety from the state as well.”

The safety he’s referring to is certainly four-star Bowling Green native Vito Tisdale, especially since Young confirmed with Matt he was talking about someone whose father has “Nappy Roots” ties. Tisdale’s crystal ball currently has Kentucky listed as a 60% favorite, with Louisville at a 30% and Oklahoma at 10%. Young’s recruiting pitches may be working.

Young might have also been referencing Izayah Cummings, a three-star wide receiver from Louisville Male High School. He’s clearly still working on that recruiting pitch, too.

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Even though helping bring in the state’s top talent isn’t necessarily a primary goal for most fellow high schoolers, Young says it’s a position he’s come to enjoy.

“It’s been great. I love being able to talk to all these guys and kind of get to know them better and see what they’re thinking. Everybody I’ve talked to… I haven’t talked to anybody who hasn’t had anything but good things to say about Kentucky.”

Here’s a look at the entire Hey Kentucky! interview.


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Kentucky Football is a Finalist for a Four-Star Athlete

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The Kentucky football team is in the running for one of the best athletes in America.

Four-star all-purpose back Elijah Young trimmed his list of finalists to five Monday afternoon. Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Missouri and Kentucky made the cut.

The Knoxville native is the seventh-ranked all-purpose back in America, according to 247 Sports. Whether he’s lined up as a running back, wide receiver or cornerback, Young does it all. Built to operate out of the slot at the next level (5’10” 165 pounds), the state champion sprinter ran a 10.74 100-meter dash as a sophomore.

Tennessee first offered Young as a true freshman. Recruited by Dean Hood, Kentucky got in on the action with a scholarship offer last summer. He’s visited Lexington a few times and should make the trip up I-75 at least once more before deciding later this fall.