Football Recruiting News
By Drew Franklin on ©August 17th, 2018 @ 4:17pm
We still don’t know which quarterback we’ll see when Kentucky takes the field for the first time in a couple of weeks.
But we do have a quarterback we’d like to see four or five years from now.
Apparently, there is a high school quarterback in Texas named General Booty. General Booty is listed as a pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2021, which makes him a high school sophomore this upcoming season. Booty is a third generation football player, so the lineage is there for success. His father, Abram Booty, caught eight touchdown passes at LSU from 1997-2000.
I admittedly know nothing else about General Booty or how well he plays the quarterback position. But with a name like General Booty, Kentucky should give him a call simply for the awesome name.
Watch his freshman year highlights:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 17th, 2018 @ 10:10am
Last night, Kentucky made the cut for four-star in-state defensive end JJ Weaver. This morning, they made the cut for another defensive star: three-star defensive tackle Isaiah Gibson. The Springfield, Ohio native included the Cats in his final seven, which also includes Georgia, Florida, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue, and Wisconsin.
— Isaiah Gibson (@IsaiahGibson75) August 17, 2018
Gibson is teammates with Kentucky commit Moses Douglass, whose father, Moe Douglass, played defensive back for Kentucky and now coaches the pair at Springfield. Gibson plans to announce his decision on September 19. Wisconsin is considered the Cats’ top competition.
Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Purdue and Cincinnati are the final six schools for JJ Weaver. The Kentuckian (Moore) cut his list on Thursday night via his Twitter account.
The four-star target is a 6-foot-6, 240-pound weakside defensive end. He has visited Kentucky twice this year, but has also checked out UofL’s campus a few times and was recently offered by the Hurricanes. This won’t be easy.
We’ll have more Weaver coverage tomorrow, but let’s hope Vince Marrow can work his magic.
First and foremost I would like to say God is good, putting me and my family in this position i am in today? thank you to all the coaches that have gave me a chance and believe in my hard working talent?? this is my top 6?? @RivalsDave @SWiltfong247 #15forfreddie pic.twitter.com/33NEKiH2RZ
— JJ Weaver (@jjtimeee) August 17, 2018
By Nick Roush on ©August 16th, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Tomorrow it will officially be “Football Time in the Bluegrass” when the high school football season kicks off across Kentucky.
Before you flock to your alma mater’s field for the first Friday of football underneath the lights, consider watching a few of Kentucky’s top recruits. The 2019 class is loaded with talent we aren’t accustomed to seeing around the Commonwealth.
The game with the most college prospects is actually happening on Saturday. Four-star linebacker Jared Casey will make his debut for the Ballard Bruins against Boyle County, the defending 3A state champs. The opening game of the Little Caesars Ft. Harrod Bowl kicks off at 5:00 and will feature a handful of other future Division I players.
A complete schedule of where you can find 2019 UK recruits Friday night:
6:00 — Walton-Verona at West Jessamine (UK OL Commit Eli Cox)
7:00 — Louisville Southern at Moore (Four-Star DE J.J. Weaver)
7:00 — Jeffersontown at Louisville Doss (Three-Star DE Shawnkel Knight-Goff)
7:30 — Franklin County at Western Hills (Top 10 ATH Wandale Robinson)
7:30 — Bullitt East at Butler (UK WR Commit TaeTae Crumes)
7:30 — CAL (Four-Star ATH Milton Wright) at South Oldham
By Nick Roush on ©August 13th, 2018 @ 4:00pm
Preseason football training camp has captured the full attention of Kentucky coaches and fans. Before we get waist deep into player profiles, practice reports and the like, enjoy a few tidbits from the recruiting front.
1. Decision Dates Set
Before the week ends Kentucky could have another elite cornerback in the 2019 recruiting class. On Thursday D.J. Daniel will choose between Kentucky, Georgia and South Carolina. Daniel is considered the No. 5 JUCO prospect in America.
Kentucky’s recruitment of C.J. Boone will come to a close in about a month. A three-star wide receiver from St. Louis, Boone will choose between Kentucky, Indiana, Mizzou, Purdue, Kansas and Minnesota on September 15, Boone’s birthday.
The Cats’ highest-ranked recruit in the 2019 class, Moses Douglass, could soon have a high school teammate join him. Top 50 defensive tackle Isaiah Gibson will decide between Kentucky, Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan State and Minnesota on September 19.
2. Cats are a Dark Horse for Four-Star Pass Rusher
Braylen Ingraham has an impressive list of finalists that includes Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, Florida and Miami. One of the Top 25 defensive ends in America, Kentucky could sneak in and steal the South Florida prospect from the traditional powerhouses. He told Rivals’ Woody Wommack that Kentucky has been there since day one.
“Eddie Gran is a great guy and I have three of my former teammates from Dillard that are already up there. They have stuck with me since the beginning, even when I was injured. They have been loyal and it means a lot. I can come in and help them change the program and it’s a chance to play in the SEC. When I was there we really talked about how I would fit in the defensive line and how I can make an impact and they have a good vision for me.”
One other thing to consider: the guy Ingraham faces everyday in practice at St. Thomas Aquinas, Jake Pope, is a Kentucky commit.
One of Kentucky’s top in-state targets in the 2019 class, four-star defensive end J.J. Weaver, is making highlights before the high school season begins. If you want to see Weaver play in person, the season kicks off Friday with Louisville Moore hosting Southern at 7:00 p.m.
A little something from this weekend pic.twitter.com/SX1VbY0mBz
— JJ Weaver (@jjtimeee) August 13, 2018
4. Don’t Count Out Kentucky
There probably isn’t a bigger name on UK’s recruiting board than Wandale Robinson. The Frankfort athlete exploded onto the recruiting scene this summer after exceptional camp performances. The Cats were once the frontrunner, but after posing for plenty of pictures with Nick Saban at Alabama, many feared the Kentucky kid would follow in Damien Harris’ footsteps.
From afar, it looks like the Cats are a long shot to land Robinson. However, the people around Kentucky’s program still feel good about where they stand with Wandale. When he releases his commitment video, don’t be surprised if he’s rocking Kentucky blue.
By Nick Roush on ©August 03rd, 2018 @ 3:01pm
The Cats just got better in the trenches. Shortly after the Kentucky football team completed its first practice of the 2018 season, Mark Stoops picked up a commitment from Cavon Butler.
A three-star defensive tackle from Toledo, Ohio, Butler picked up a scholarship offer from Alabama after camping with the Crimson Tide in June. The 2019 prospect also held offers from West Virginia, Cincinnati and Pitt.
— Cavon Butler (@CVon01) August 3, 2018
Butler unofficially recorded 91 tackles, 12 sacks and nine tackles for loss in 2017. He is the second defensive lineman and 15th overall commit in UK’s 2019 recruiting class, currently ranked No. 40 by 247 Sports. Watch him go to work:
By Nick Roush on ©August 01st, 2018 @ 2:30pm
You’ve seen “Blessed to receive an offer from _______,” across football recruiting Twitter for quite some time. I regret to inform you that all of those offers are unofficial. The first of August marks the first day college programs can officially extend scholarship offers.
The University of Kentucky handed out quite a few official offers today. The biggest name to receive one is Wandale Robinson. The Mr. Football candidate from Western Hills in Frankfort showed off the official graphic from UK on Twitter this afternoon.
Robinson’s recruitment was once a two-horse race between Kentucky and Duke, until he became one of the hottest names on the recruiting trail this spring. Duke is now out of the picture, replaced by Alabama. This weekend Robinson was in Tuscaloosa, posing for pictures next to Nick Saban.
— Wandale Robinson (@robinson__era) July 28, 2018
Robinson’s other finalists are Purdue, Michigan, Ohio State and Nebraska, all of which extended official offers today. He will use a video to announce his commitment, one that could drop soon.
Danny Clark’s younger brother is blowing up on the national recruiting scene.
Caden Clark, a rising junior in the 2020 recruiting class, picked up an offer this week from Nick Saban. The Kentucky quarterback’s little brother isn’t so little. The 6’5″ 245-pounder is the No. 10 tight end in his class.
The Akron native has an offer from the University of Kentucky, but Clark told 247’s Bill Greene the offer from Alabama made his father emotional.
“My dad was so happy that he started crying, and that was awesome for me. I was there a couple years ago when they were recruiting my brother (current Kentucky quarterback Danny Clark). Coach Banks (Alabama’s tight end coach) said they checked out my film and that I had everything they’re looking for, so they offered. I think I can fit in well with what they want from their tight ends.”
The three-star 2020 tight end will visit Alabama this weekend. Clemson, West Virginia and Michigan are also high on the younger Clark’s list. He said there’s plenty of appeal to play with his brother in Lexington, but will that be enough to beat out Alabama? We’ll see.
By Nick Roush on ©July 23rd, 2018 @ 1:30pm
The highest ranked football recruit in the state of Kentucky has had a change of heart. Stephen Herron Jr. announced on Twitter that he has decommitted from Michigan to attend Stanford University.
A four-star prospect from Louisville Trinity, Herron is the fifth-ranked pass rusher in the 2019 class and the No. 86 player overall according to the 247 Composite Rankings. Recruited as a freshman by Kentucky, Herron committed to Michigan last July. The rationale behind his decision isn’t something you typically see in a football decommitment message.
With Herron off the board, five of the state’s top ten prospects remain uncommitted. Kentucky holds a commitment from one in the top ten, wide receiver Demontae Crumes, and is in the hunt for the other five prospects — Milton Wright, Jared Casey, Wandale Robinson, JJ Weaver and Shawnkel Knight-Goff. Smart money has the Cats landing at least two from that group.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 13th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
In-state star Wandale Robinson trimmed his list of schools to six last night and Kentucky made the cut. The four-star all-purpose back from Frankfort Western Hills is down to Kentucky, Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Purdue.
— Wandale Robinson (@robinson__era) July 13, 2018
Robinson is Kentucky’s top in-state target in the 2019 class. He took official visits to Purdue and Michigan last month and will visit Nebraska and Alabama in September. He visited Kentucky unofficially on May 11. Ohio State’s offer a few weeks later shook up his recruitment, but in an interview with Steve Wiltfong, Robinson said the pull to play for his home state school is very real.
“It’s the hometown school. It’s that place where they say we just need a guy like you. They want somebody that can come in and make plays. Really it’s me going in I can be the face of the class, the face of Kentucky and have the Randall Cobb effect, after football I come back and everyone wants me to be the face of businesses and things like that. Really the life after football could impact my life.”
Robinson is considered the fourth best all-purpose back in the country. Last year, he led the state in rushing (2,330 yards) and scoring (260 points) to earn First Team All-State honors. Robinson carried Western Hills to an 8-4 record behind 13.3 yards per carry, 13.7 yards per catch for a total of 3,276 all-purpose yards and 43 touchdowns. Most of the points came on the ground (33 to be exact), but he scored in a variety of ways with six through the air, three off kick returns and one score from a punt return.
How about a little Yahtzee on the Fourth of July? Three-star Florida wide receiver DeMarcus Harris committed to Kentucky today, becoming Mark Stoops’ 13th pledge in the 2019 class:
I am 110% committed to the University of Kentucky???? pic.twitter.com/X2Ope8aOIX
— HD? (@D_harris2121) July 4, 2018
The 6’2″ 170 lbs. Vero Beach native picked Kentucky over Indiana, Syracuse and Central Florida. He’s considered the 150th best wide receiver in the 2019 class by 247 Sports. He visited Kentucky back on June 21 and received an offer:
— HD? (@D_harris2121) June 21, 2018
Harris wrote a piece for TC Palm explaining his decision, specifically, a dream he had about this very moment.
Also, and I know that this is going to sound strange, but I had a dream about it. I had a dream of commitment day. I mapped everything out in my head. I woke up, ate breakfast, around 1 o’clock I was talking to my parents, at 2 o’clock I FaceTimed with coach Stoops and I officially committed and had my Kentucky hat on. It’s surprising that I remembered it. That’s the first time I ever had a dream about a school.
When that happened, I knew it was meant to be.
Welcome to the fam, DeMarcus. Let’s celebrate by watching your highlights:
By Nick Roush on ©June 28th, 2018 @ 4:00pm
The nation’s most talented high school football prospects will descend upon Atlanta, Georgia this weekend to compete in the Rivals Five-Star Challenge, and a handful of them are Kentucky football recruits.
The Five-Star Challenge is the top camp in the Rivals’ circuit. Equivalent to Nike’s The Opening, this adidas sponsored invitation-only event is being held at Mercedez-Benz Stadium. Four of the campers are Kentucky natives.
Jared Casey earned his invitation by winning the linebacker MVP honors at the Nashville Three Stripe Camp. The Louisville Ballard defender blew up on the recruiting scene, earned four-stars and more than a dozen offers, including one from Kentucky. Mark Stoops, Matt House and Vince Marrow have put the Cats in an excellent position.
“I love Kentucky. They’ll definitely be on my short list,” he told Rivals’ Dave Lackford shortly after arriving this morning. “I went up there like two times in three weeks. I’ve got a good feel for all of the coaches and players.”
Casey will be playing alongside Louisville Moore defensive end J.J. Weaver. Originally from Florida, Kentucky is in a good place for the four-star talent who is also considering Louisville, Miami, Purdue, Georgia and Cincinnati.
On offense the Commonwealth will be represented by Wandale Robinson, the nation’s fifth-ranked all-purpose back. A jack of all trades, everybody who is anybody is trying to pull the Frankfort native away from his home state. Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska have made late charges in his recruitment, but the Cats have been there since day one.
Robinson recently told 247 Sports, “They now have the quarterbacks that can throw the ball. I’ve seen them in practice. It’s the same as what coach Gran did while at Cincinnati. They are doing that at Kentucky. I can play early there as a receiver, out of the backfield, and as a punt returner. They could use me in the slot or out of the backfield.”
The fourth Kentuckian at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge is Stephen Herron, the Trinity defensive end that is committed to Michigan. One Michigan man is one of the camp’s only juniors.
Justin Rogers, a 2020 offensive lineman from Oak Park, already has a five-star ranking in the 247 Composite. When Steve Clinkscale went to the Great Lakes State, Rogers was one of the first to receive an offer. Every college football powerhouse is involved on Rogers’ recruitment, but he’s already made a handful of trips to Kentucky.
The dog days of summer aren’t so bad for the Kentucky football team.
Yesterday running back Travis Tisdale became the fourth high school football prospect to commit to Kentucky in four days, joining wide receiver TaeTae Crumes, JUCO defensive lineman Taures Payne and cornerback Jay Ward. Tisdale is an ESPN Top 300 player who had offers from USC, Penn State and LSU, just to name a few.
Normally Kentucky’s biggest recruiting headlines are made in Ohio. That’s not the case this year. Matt House has brought Kentucky football back to The Peach State. Five of the Cats’ 12 commitment are from the state of Georgia. The last time Kentucky had a presence like this in Georgia, Rich Brooks paved the way to four straight bowl berths.
It’s been a wild week on the football recruiting front. Don’t be surprised to see the class grow as Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow and Co. ride a wave of recruiting momentum. A look at UK’s current 2019 football recruiting class, ranked No. 41 overall and 11th in the SEC by the 247 Composite:
Kentucky Football 2019 Recruiting Class
|Moses Douglass||S||Springfield, Oh.||6-2||186||4-star|
|KD McDaniel||LB||Tift County, Ga.||6-2||222||3-star|
|Travis Tisdale||RB||Valdosta, Ga.||5-8||165||3-star|
|Demontae "TaeTae" Crumes||WR||Louisville, Ky.||6-1||165||3-star|
|Nik Scalzo||QB||Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.||5-11||185||3-star|
|Marquez Bembry||OLB||Atlanta, Ga. (JUCO)||6-3||225||3-star|
|Jay Ward||CB||Moultrie, Ga.||6-1||175||3-star|
|Tra Wilkins||LB||Stone Mountain, Ga.||6-2||210||3-star|
|Jalen Geiger||CB||Columbia, SC||6-1||190||3-star|
|Jake Pope||OT||Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.||6-7||275||3-star|
|Eli Cox||OG||Nicholasville, Ky.||6-4||295||3-star|
|Taures Payne||DE||Hoover, Al. (JUCO)||6-4||265||N/R (JUCO)|
Anthony Davis Misses Out in NBA Awards
The Unibrow was a finalist for a pair of awards, but Davis did not bring any hardware home. Rudy Gobert was named Defensive Player of the Year and James Harden took home MVP honors. Even though Davis didn’t leave a winner, he still got plenty of love from his coach.
“I’m so proud of Anthony Davis,” John Calipari Tweeted. “Only 25 years old and a finalist for the league’s best player. Incredible. I can remember when Derrick Rose won it at such a young age. You know what I love? Anthony was in town last week and HAS NOT CHANGED ONE BIT.”
What I love is all of the hi-jinx from the show. Bill Russell conveniently forgot the program was on live television when he flipped off Charles Barkley. “I can’t help myself. Whenever I see Charles it just is pure instinct,” he said.
Before the awards were handed out, the stupid Rookie of the Year #EmbraceDebate re-entered Louisville Twitter, thanks to the Cards’ athletic director. Vince Tyra tried to hold onto UofL’s 15 seconds of NBA fame in the Donovan Mitchell/Ben Simmons Rookie of the Year debate by showing a little thigh.
Dwane Casey Did NOT get Snubbed
The Kentucky National Champion may have gotten a raw deal from his former employers, but real still recognizes real. Casey was named NBA Coach of the Year for his record-setting season with the Toronto Raptors. The Detroit Pistons got themselves a good one.
A Wild World Cup
The World Cup has entered the final portion of the group stage and lost its collective mind. Group B concluded with a pair of goals decided by video review in stoppage time to help Portugal and Spain advance to the round of 16. It was pure insanity, and there’s more on the way today.
- 10:00 am — Denmark vs. France on Fox
- 10:00 am — Australia vs. Peru on FS1
- 2:00 pm — Nigeria vs. Argentina on Fox
- 2:00 pm — Iceland vs. Croatia on FS1
KSR is Invaded by Pardon My Take
It’s a Pardon my Takeover of Kentucky Sports Radio with Barstool’s Big Cat and PFT Commenter. After putting Coach Cal on the hot seat and proclaiming Brooklyn bourbon as America’s No. 1 spirit, what will they do this year?
By Nick Roush on ©June 25th, 2018 @ 11:10pm
Kentucky’s hot football recruiting streak isn’t ending anytime soon.
Valdosta, Georgia running back Travis Tisdale announced on Twitter that he has committed to Kentucky over USC, Penn State, LSU, TCU, Minnesota and Nebraska among others. The three-star running back is UK’s fourth commit in four days. Recruited by Matt House, he is the fifth player from the state of Georgia to join Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class.
The 12th member of the Cats’ 2019 recruiting class is an ESPN Top 300 prospect, ranked the 16th-best running back and No. 256 player overall by the four-letter network. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore and has posted a 10.83 100m dash. Watch Tisdale fly: