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Big-time potential football transfer now on campus

You’re looking at EJ Price, an offensive tackle looking to transfer from Southern Cal, and today, he’s touring Kentucky’s campus.

The 6-6 325 lbs. Price was considered the ninth best offensive tackle in the 2016 class by 247 Sports, picking the Trojans over offers from Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. After playing three games for the Trojans, he redshirted his freshman season and decided he wanted to transfer closer to his home in Georgia. Today, he visited Kentucky and posted this picture from Kroger Field with Darin Hinshaw and John Schlarman:

Quarterback commit Jarren Williams has dice on the mind:

Did the program just snag a top transfer? Cross your fingers…


Watch: UK’s next great kicker knocks down 52-yard field goal

Watch: UK’s next great kicker knocks down 52-yard field goal

Chance Poore is the best kicker in South Carolina’s 2018 class for a reason. He does things like this:

Dude is knocking down 52-yard field goal attempts like it’s nothing and he’s only a senior in high school.

For comparisons sake, Austin MacGinnis currently holds the school record for longest field goal at 54 yards. That may not last long.

I’m a big fan of the future of UK kicking if I do say so myself. With one more year of high school remaining, Poore will be with the team for the 2018 season – UK’s current backup Miles Butler’s final season with the Cats.


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Kentucky offers 13-year-old offensive tackle

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With many recruits on campus for UK’s Friday Nights Camp, news of scholarships being offered was to be expected. But not this one.

According to Dave Lackford of Rivals, Kentucky has offered Kiyaunta Goodwin a 13-year-old out of Louisville.

This isn’t just your everyday, run of the mill eighth grader though. This kid is 6-foot-6, 350 pounds and looks like he could plow through a brick wall.

You see all the time teams offering players at a ridiculously young age, but I’m all for this one.

My thoughts:

  1. What are they feeding this kid?
  2. I feel real bad for whatever 13-year-olds this kid is going up against.

Mark Stoops is Recruiting in the Bluegrass

This weekend isn’t just a big deal for recruiting in basketball.  Mark Stoops is hosting a ton of talent in UK football’s final weekend of camps in the 2017 summer season.  The following recruits are either expected to be there, or they’re Tweeting pictures while wearing UK uniforms.

Blue Smith — If you don’t know Blue by now, he’s the nation’s top-ranked athlete, a teammate of Alex Reigelsperger and Vince Marrow’s most coveted recruit.

Chandler Jones — An Under Armour All-American cornerback from Hollywood, Florida, his recruitment is a battle between UofL and UK.  He plans on going to Louisville after camping in Lexington.

Bryan Hudson — The Scott County offensive tackle gets compared to Landon Young, because he beat Young in a shocking shot put upset at the state track and field meet.  John Schlarman was wise and extended Hudson an offer as a freshman.  Now he’s a four-star, Top 250 player in the class of 2019.

Terez Traynor — The athlete from Doss High School in Louisville was put on commitment watch earlier this summer.  Could he finally pull the trigger this weekend?  Stay tuned.

2018 Commits in Attendance

  • DeAndre Square
  • Alex Reigelsperger
  • Marquan McCall
  • Jarren Williams
  • Darrian Kinnard
  • Quintin Wilson

Joshua Washington — The Georgia 2018 cornerback has primarily received interest from small schools, but Auburn and Georgia are now in the mix.

Brayden Ingraham — The junior defensive end has already received offers from most of the SEC.  Kentucky stands apart because his former Dillard High School mentor on the defensive line, Jordan Wright, will be a freshman in Lexington this fall.

Stanley Garner —  Another elite athlete from Dillard, the three-star cornerback has offers from Alabama and Auburn, but Eddie Gran has UK in the driver’s seat.

Kristian Pechac —  A four-star 2018 running back from Bloomington (In.) South High School, Vince Marrow is doing what he can to make sure the powerful back does not become a Hoosier.

Hayden Wolff — A 2019 pocket-passer from Englewood, Florida, the 6’5″ gunslinger has received early interest from Florida, Ohio State and many others.


Future UK QB Jarren Williams makes a huge jump in the rankings

After an impressive showing at The Opening last week in Oregon, future Kentucky quarterback Jarren Williams’ stock is rising. Today, 247 Sports moved the Kentucky commit up 111 spots to 145th in the 2018 class. He’s now considered the 13th best quarterback and the 7th best dual threat quarterback. Most impressively, he’s the highest ranked quarterback committed to an SEC school.

Other UK commits in the rankings: four-star offensive tackle Darian Kinnard (#100), four-star offensive guard Marquan McCall (#122), and four-star outside linebacker Xavier Peters (#141). Four-star athlete Blue Smith, one of Kentucky’s biggest remaining recruits, is ranked 189th.

You can check out the entire rankings here. Or, just watch these highlights of Williams at The Opening last week:

 


Blue Smith will Visit Kentucky Next Week

Photo Via rivals.com

According to Justin Rowland at CatsIllusrated, 2018 wide receiver recruit, L’Christian “Blue” Smith is unofficially visiting Kentucky next Friday.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound star is Kentucky’s top priority for 2018 right now. Smith is teammates with notable Kentucky commit Alex Reigelsperger who started the twitter hashtag #GetBlueinBlue where he and UK’s other 2018 recruits have been campaigning to get the player.

According to Rowland, Smith is visiting for Kentucky’s Friday Night Lights Camp. Other recruits like Chandler Jones, Terez Traynor, Chris Oats and commit Darian Kinnard are expected to visit for the camp as well.

 

[CatsIllustrated: Blue Smith will visit Kentucky again next week]


UK’s top target made the No. 1 play at The Opening

UK’s top target made the No. 1 play at The Opening

Hudl named the Top 10 Plays from The Opening Finals out in Oregon and Kentucky’s top target in the 2018 class stole the show with the top play on the list.

Blue Smith, the 31st ranked player in the Rivals100, earned the No. 1 spot for his stretch-grab of a touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone. Labeled as an athlete by most recruiting services, Smith is one of the best wide receivers in the entire class, and he likes Kentucky.

See his catch in the top 10 video below. UK QB commit Jarren Williams also makes an appearance on the list at No. 8.

Go Cats.

Get in here, Blue.


UK Makes Top Six for Four-Star Defensive End, Grandson of Basketball Hall of Famer

The Kentucky Wildcats are finalists for one of the nation’s best defensive ends, whose last name carries legendary status.

Tyler Baylor is considered the No. 14 defensive end in the country by Rivals.  He’s also the grandson of Elgin Baylor, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball.  Today the elite pass rusher from Olney, Maryland announced on Twitter his six finalists: Kentucky, Maryland, Pitt, Louisville, Tennessee and Georgia.

The 247 Crystal Ball is currently split 50-50 between Kentucky and Baylor’s home state school.

Recruited by Vince Marrow out of Good Counsel High School, Baylor could be the third from the national powerhouse to be signed by Mark Stoops.  Two of his teammates from a year ago, offensive tackle Naasir Watkins and outside linebacker Josh Paschal, will be UK freshmen this fall.

An elite athlete on the outside, the 6’5″ 225-pounder terrifies opposing quarterbacks.

You can never recruit too many elite pass rushers.  Baylor’s lineage is nice bonus.


Jarren Williams puts L down in The Opening group photo

Jarren Williams puts L down in The Opening group photo

It’s nice to see future UK quarterback Jarren Williams already embracing the rivalry with Louisville as it appears he put his L down in the group photo from The Opening out in Oregon.

Fun fact: Louisville was the first school to offer Williams and he visited multiple times.

Tip of the hat to @K_Ferg24 for the find.


Is four-star linebacker Xavier Peters rethinking his commitment?

Yesterday, four-star linebacker Xavier Peters made everyone in the BBN’s July 4th when he committed to Kentucky; less than 24 hours later, it appears he’s rethinking that decision. Not only did Peters delete the tweets announcing his commitment, he has removed “UK Commit” from his Twitter bio. He also posted this cryptic tweet:

Hmm. Decommitments are a way of life in college football these days, but if Peters does part ways with Kentucky, that might set a new record for the fastest one yet. With programs like Alabama, Florida, USC, Georgia, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas after him, it’s no wonder, but hopefully Peters will wise up and reaffirm his commitment soon because with him, Kentucky has the 15th best recruiting class according to 247 Sports. Stay tuned…

 


Another Lynn Bowden update

The question of the summer when it comes to football has been, when will Lynn Bowden arrive on campus? The four-star freshman has yet to join his teammates on campus, and over the past few weeks, there’s bene a lot of speculation as to when he’ll make his way to Lexington.

Thanks to Jen Smith, we now have an official update. According to a team spokesman, Bowden has not enrolled yet, but will be ready to go at the start of training camp. When is that? UK typically starts camp the first week of August, but due to a new SEC rule change cutting back on two-a-days, fall camp will begin a week or so earlier, so probably the last week of July. Yes, believe it or not, football is just around the corner. SEC Media Days starts Monday, and we’re less than 60 days from kickoff of the season opener in Hattiesburg.

Speaking of, catch up on all things gridiron with today’s podcast featuring the KSR Football Podcast crew…or, whatever they decide to call themselves. Have a suggestion for a new name for the podcast? Send it to @DrewFranklinKSR and if the gang likes it, he’ll send you a bag of KSR swag.

Hour 1:

Hour 2:

The rest of the guest host schedule:

July 6: Mo Egger
July 7: Steve Romines and T.J. “Makes em Pay” Smith

Week Three

July 10: Rex Chapman and Josh Hopkins
July 11: Avery Williamson
July 12: Tate Frazier and Mark Titus of The Ringer
July 13: The Sklar Brothers
July 14: Laura Rutledge of the SEC Network

Week Four

July 17: Dewayne Peevy
July 18: Nick Mingione
July 19: Tim Couch
July 20: Matthew Mitchell
July 21: UK Football coaches

Week Five

July 24: Seth Greenberg
July 25: Ramel “Smooth” Bradley
July 26: Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network
July 27: Guest Hosts
July 28: KSR Crew


Wednesday’s Top 10: At least the week is already halfway over?

Wednesday’s Top 10: At least the week is already halfway over?

Good morning, friends. Everyone have a happy Fourth? Being at work sucks today, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, we can’t all be in Estes Park, Colorado like this batch of Kentucky fans, but we’ll do our best to keep you entertained on this morning after. Here’s what happening in the world of UK Sports.

1. The Fourth included a big Yahtzee

It’s only fitting that just as the KSR crew stepped away from our computers to enjoy the holiday, the football program landed a massive commitment. Four-star outside linebacker Xavier Peters chose Kentucky over offers from Alabama, USC, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, becoming the 15th commitment in the 2018 class. Per 247 Sports’ rankings, Peters is considered the eighth best outside linebacker in the class and the fourth best player from the state of Ohio, which I hear is pretty good at churning out football talent. Something tells me Vince Marrow celebrated with a big ole strawberry daiquiri.

2. Team USA begins the Round of 16

Calipari’s U19 team easily wrapped up pool play yesterday with a 98-65 win over Italy, clinching the top spot in Group D. PJ Washington led the way with 20 points. Calipari was very, very happy with his future forward.

“Yeah, well he’s been scoring the whole time,” Cal said of Washington. “He’s a beast and I don’t know how you guard him. If he gets an angle by you, he’s tough to stop. And he made his free throws today. He’s playing the way we need him to play.”

At 9:30 a.m., Team USA begin their run in the round of 16 with Mali. We’ll have a live stream of that for you when the time comes. And yes, that’s a potential matchup with Tai Wynyard and New Zealand on Friday.

3. Until then, enjoy Washington’s highlights

4. Calipari and his players enjoyed the 4th at the US Embassy

Being halfway across the world didn’t stop Calipari and his U19 Team from getting into the spirit of the holiday. Last night, they visited the US Embassy in Egypt, where they posed for pictures and listened to this patriotic performance of the national anthem:

5. Patrick Patterson agrees to deal with the Thunder

Late last night, some big NBA news broke when Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Patrick Patterson has agreed to a three-year $16.4 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Patterson, who has been with the Toronto Raptors since 2013, will likely step in to the starting lineup in place of Taj Gibson, who left Oklahoma City for Minnesota. After all these years, Billy Donovan will finally get to coach Patterson, won’t he?

6. More Summer League action!

Yesterday, all three Cats participating in the Orlando Summer League sat out their games to rest, but today is a new day, and both the Orlando and Utah Leagues will be hopping with activity. Here’s the schedule, with all games airing on NBATV:

  • 1:00 PM: Dallas vs. Oklahoma City (Dakari Johnson)
  • 3:00 PM: Charlotte vs. Detroit (Derek Willis)
  • 9:00 PM: Philadelphia (Alex Poythress, Aaron Harrison, Isaiah Briscoe) vs. Utah

Speaking of that last trio…

7. Alex Poythress put Aaron Harrison on blast for his golf shot

I’m horrible at golf, but even I can make fun of that shot.

8. Mohamed Bamba tried to out-do Ben Simmons

Yesterday, Simmons posted this video of a full-court, one-handed shot on Instagram:

Time to go enjoy the rest of the day

A post shared by Benjamin Simmons (@bensimmons) on

…Which Mo Bamba tried to one-up a few hours later:

@bensimmons I did it better. Tag @houseofhighlights & @bleacherreport !!

A post shared by Mohamed Bamba (@therealmobamba_) on

Who did it better, Simmons or Bamba? More importantly, which UK player should top both of them with their own video today?

9. “GLOW” is as good as everyone says

Worn out from the Thirth and early Fourth festivities, my husband and I opted to stay in last night and finish “GLOW,” and it was way better than waiting on fireworks. I’m probably the 15th person to recommend the show to you, but it’s a whole lot of fun and a fast and easy binge. I can’t wait for season two.

10. The Football Podcast crew takes over KSR

After a few days of “Best of” shows, KSR is back on the air for real today and it’ll be a fun one. The KSR Football Podcast Crew is taking over, which means plenty of football talk and plenty of non-football talk because they’ll inevitably get off topic. Tune in an hour from now to let Freddie, Nick, Jared, and Drew entertain you.


Kentucky lands star linebacker from Ohio

The University of Kentucky landed a big 4th of July Yahtzee with the commitment of Xavier Peters, a four-star outside linebacker out of Ohio.

Peters announced his commitment to the Wildcats via Twitter:

Ranked eighth at his position and No. 129 overall in his class, Peters picked Kentucky over offers from Alabama, USC, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin and many more.

This is an enormous pull by Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow and the UK staff.

 


Future Kentucky quarterback turning heads at The Opening

How good is future Cat Jarren Williams? According to reporters at The Opening, he could be one of the top five quarterback prospects in the country. Through two days, Williams has turned heads at the prestigious camp, earning Player of the Game honors for his three-touchdown performance in game two of the 7-on-7 tournament; that was enough for SEC Country’s Jeff Sentell to ask whether or not it’s time to rank him among the elite of the elite in the 2018 class:

On Thursday, 247 Sports’ Barton Simmons ranked Williams third among his Day One Top Performers.

“We like Williams a little more every time we see him. The guy does everything well. He may not do any one thing at a rare level but he’s also has no real deficiencies. During a competition period, Williams made a throw on a vertical route that was one of the better throws of the day.”

Some of Williams’ highlights for your viewing pleasure (and yes, those helmets caught me off guard the first time I saw them too):

The 7-on-7 tournament continues today, so hopefully we’ll have some more highlights from Williams to share later on.


Monday’s Top 10: Happy Thirth of July

Monday’s Top 10: Happy Thirth of July

Good morning, friends, and happy Thirth of July, aka one of the most underrated days of the year. Whether you’re at work, taking the day off, or in Spain like that Cat fan up there, I’ll be here to entertain you for the next nine hours. Let’s have some fun.

1. Team USA looks unstoppable in the FIBA World Cup so far

After a shaky start in Game 1, Team USA found its footing and has dominated the FIBA World Cup. On Saturday, Calipari’s crew blew past Iran 108-48, and yesterday, beat Angola 109-68. Here are the stats for Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, and UK’s recruits:

vs. Iran vs. Angola
Hamidou Diallo 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals
PJ Washington 13 points, 4 rebounds 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists
Immanuel Quickley 6 points, 2 rebounds 12 points, 2 assists, 2 turnovers
Cameron Reddish 14 points, 4 assists 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists

Romeo Langford had five points vs. Iran on Saturday, but is dealing with back spasms and hasn’t played since. He’s day to day.

2. The highlight so far is this dunk by Hamidou Diallo

My goodness. Can’t wait to see that in Rupp this fall. Team USA has the day off, but will play Italy tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

3. Tai Wynyard’s been playing great as well

Through two games with New Zealand, Wynyard has 34 points and 11 rebounds. After barely seeing Wynyard during his time at Kentucky, it’s been fun to watch him dominate for his home country. On Saturday, he had 16 points in the fourth quarter alone:

I tried my best to watch Team USA and New Zealand’s games this weekend via the FIBA World Cup live stream, but the fact that there’s no commentary really threw me for a loop. Of course, you can still hear Calipari screaming and stomping.

4. Check out our photo gallery from Cairo

Our Cairo correspondent Sofie Tapia is doing a great job for us, so be sure to check out her photos in our Facebook gallery:

KSR's Cairo correspondent Sofie Tapia snapped these pictures in the first half before asked to leave for not having the right credential. She fought the law, but the law won.

Posted by Kentucky Sports Radio on Saturday, July 1, 2017

5. The NBA Summer League continues

Derek Willis (Detroit Pistons) , Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), and Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City Thunder) started their runs in the NBA Summer League this weekend. Dakari had 18 points for the Thunder on Saturday, while Bam had a double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat yesterday. Willis turned in 8 points, 3 assists, and 1 rebound in the Piston’s win over the Knicks.

The Utah Summer League also begins today, meaning  you’ll get to see a trio of Cats play for the Philadelphia 76ers. Here’s today’s schedule, with all games airing on NBATV:

  • 1:00 PM: New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Dakari Johnson)
  • 5:00 PM: Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo)
  • 7:00 PM: Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Alex Poythress, Aaron Harrison, Isaiah Briscoe)

6. Malik Monk signs with the Hornets

Monk may be sitting out the Summer League with a sprained ankle, but last night, he made it official with the Charlotte Hornets, signing a four-year, $15.72 million contract. Monk will make approximately $2.9 million during his rookie year.

In other NBA news, Jodie Meeks signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Washington Wizards, meaning we’ll finally get to see him team up with John Wall…even if it’s eight years too late.

7. For some reason, this poll exists and Kentucky is losing

I trust you all will fix that.

8. The 2018 class gained a tight end

On Friday morning, Vince Marrow teased the BBN that a Yahtzee could be on the way, and on Saturday morning, it came in the form of 6’7″ 230 lbs. tight end Keaton Upshaw. Upshaw is a three-star prospect out of Lima, Ohio, and chose the Cats over Cincinnati, Louisville, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Purdue and others. He’s the 14th member of the 2018 class, the sixth from the state of Ohio. Welcome aboard, Keaton.

9. Jarren Williams impressing at The Opening

Kentucky’s future quarterback is making some major noise at The Opening in Oregon, throwing three touchdowns in the 7-on-7 scrimmage last night. I’ll have highlights from him in just a bit, but for now, enjoy this picture of Williams and highly coveted wide receiver Blue Smith:

Bring your boy to Lexington, Jarren.

10. No new KSR today

iHeart employees are enjoying a long July 4th weekend, so tune in to hear a “Best of KSR” replay at 10 a.m. Or, go back and catch up on last week’s shows featuring Dan Wolken, Pardon My Take, Evan Daniels, Aaron Torres, Jennifer Palumbo and myself. All the shows are available on our new iTunes podcast feed.

Shannon the Dude is making the most of his comp days in New York City, spending this morning outside the Today Show: