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Jared Casey to Visit Kentucky for Third Time in Three Weeks

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Jared Casey will be on Kentucky’s campus tomorrow.  The four-star linebacker from Louisville Ballard told KSR he will make the trip to Lexington to work with defensive coordinator Matt House during the Cats’ single-day camp.

After the linebacker earned MVP honors at a Rivals Camp in Nashville, Casey received a scholarship offer from Kentucky.  Tomorrow’s trip to Lexington will be Casey’s third unofficial visit since UK extended an offer on May 21.

Casey will not be the only local talent in attendance.  Sources tell KSR that two other prospects from Louisville, Moore defensive end J.J. Weaver and Butler wide receiver TaeTae Crumes, will be in Lexington for unofficial visits.  Weaver and Crumes hold UK offers, and along with Casey, are considered top ten players in the state of Kentucky by the 247 Composite Rankings.

The players from the state of Kentucky will not be alone.  UK is hosting four-star Michigan defensive end Michael Fletcher and three-star Georgia outside linebacker Tra Wilkins on official visits.  There’s also another big name on UK’s board that may join the recruiting party tomorrow in Lexington.


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UK Football Official Visitors give Rave Reviews

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Top recruits are going in and out of the Kentucky football facility on a daily basis this summer.  Over the weekend, the Cats had their biggest recruiting event of the season.

Three-star tight end Nikolas Ognenovic made this visit to Lexington his first official.  Nik Scalzo’s tight end at Ft. Lauderdale’s Cardinal Gibbons High School, Ognenovic said he “felt the love” as soon as he stepped on campus.  With his potential future position coach, Vince Marrow, he posted the following picture with the caption, “I had an unbelievable first official visit at the University of Kentucky!”

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Ognenovic was joined by five other official visitors: outside linebacker Marquez Bembry, cornerback Jaden Davis, defensive end Braylen Ingraham, offensive lineman Triston Miller and pass rusher Ruke Orhorhoro.

Not long after Davis, a four-star Top 300 prospect from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, arrived on campus, he Tweeted, “I’m at home when I’m down here in Lexington.”  He’ll choose his permanent college home on July 18.

Davis’ four-star Thomas Aquinas teammate, Ingraham, announced once he returned home that he will soon release a Top Six.  Expect to see Kentucky’s name on that list.

Bembry liked UK so much, the JuCo edge rusher committed as soon as he returned home.  Miller, an Under Armour All-American from North Carolina, seems to have enjoyed his trip to the Bluegrass.

Orhorhoro provided the most significant details about this weekend’s official visits in an interview with Rivals’ Josh Helmholdt. Hosted by nose tackle Quinton Bohanna, Orhorhoro enjoyed spending time with the players, all of which interacted like they were brothers.

“It went amazing,” Orhorhoro said. “I loved the people there, the atmosphere and the environment. It was way better than I expected.”

They didn’t beat football into his head, refraining from the topic completely during his first two days as they toured the football facilities and academic buildings around campus.  They even paid a visit to a local horse farm, which produced a fantastic response.

“It was pretty cool. I had never been to a horse farm in my life and those horses are really big in-person. They showed us a lot to do in Kentucky.”

The three-star Michigan pass-rusher will be in Clemson tomorrow before he officially visits Indiana next weekend.  Michigan is the other school in Orhorhoro’s top four.

Kentucky will host a few more official visitors this week.  Four-star Michigan defensive end Michael Fletcher is expected to arrive today, but I don’t think he got there before Georgia outside linebacker Tra Wilkins.


Where UK Football Stands with Kentucky’s Top In-State Football Prospects

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The state of Kentucky is not well-known for producing top high school football talent, but the class of 2019 features five consensus Top 300 players.  It’s not a top-heavy class either.  Two of the next six players in the 247 Composite Rankings are considered four-star prospects by at least one recruiting service.

Over the last two months, Mark Stoops reassigned Vince Marrow to recruit the state of Kentucky.  Marrow’s addition gave Kentucky quite a bit of momentum entering the summer.  Here’s where UK currently stands for the state’s top ten eleven football prospects according to the 247 Composite Rankings.

Stephen Herron  
Defensive End | 6-4 | 235 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Trinity
Committed to: Michigan 
ESPN No. 137| 14 DE Top 247 No. 140 | 9 DE
Rivals No. 51| 4 DE 247 Comp. No. 83 WR | 6 DE

The top-ranked player in the state visited Kentucky multiple times before committing to Michigan 11 months ago.

Jacob Lacey
Defensive Tackle | 6-2 | 300 lbs.
Bowling Green, Ky. | South Warren
Committed to: Notre Dame
ESPN No. 116| 14 DT Top 247 No. 119 | 7 DT
Rivals 18 DT| 2 KY 247 Comp. No. 142 | 9 DT

Lacey had a scholarship offer from Kentucky, but the Cats were never really in the picture.  He committed to Notre Dame on the same day Herron committed to Michigan, July 29, 2017.

Milton Wright  
Athlete | 6-3 | 190 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Christian Academy of Louisville
Committed to: Undecided
ESPN No. 274 | 44 WR Top 247 No. 54 | 3 ATH
Rivals No. 188 | 33 WR 247 Comp. No. 149 | 12 ATH

The No. 3 player in the state has kept his recruitment close to the vest.  We know his top five — Ohio State, Alabama, Purdue, Kentucky and Louisville — but everything else remains a mystery.  A receiver at the next level, Wright could pick any of the five schools and it would not be a surprise.

Bryan Hudson  
Offensive Lineman | 6-4 | 295 lbs.
Georgetown, Ky. | Scott County
Committed to: Virginia Tech
ESPN No. 250 | 13 OG Top 247 No. 184 | 8 OG
Rivals No. 242 | 25 OT 247 Comp. No. 214 | 10 OG

Kentucky extended the three-sport star a scholarship offer during his freshman season, but Hudson was set on attending college outside of the Commonwealth, ultimately choosing Virginia Tech in April.

Tanner Bowles 
Offensive Tackle | 6-5 | 280 lbs.
Glasgow, Ky. | Glasgow
Committed to: Alabama
ESPN No. 217 | 23 OT Top 247 No. 146 | 19 OT
Rivals 53 OT| 6 KY 247 Comp. No. 250 | 27 OT

Kentucky was Bowles’ first offer, but that didn’t matter after he attended Alabama’s Spring Game.  Bowles committed the day after unofficially visiting Tuscaloosa for A-Day.

Jared  Casey 
Inside Linebacker | 6-3 | 220 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Ballard
Committed to: Undecided
ESPN — | — Top 247 20 ILB | 8 KY
Rivals — | — 247 Comp. 18 ILB | 6 KY

After an injury forced him to miss his junior season, Casey surged onto the recruiting season at Rivals’ Nashville Three Stripes Camp.  After earning MVP honors, he picked up scholarship offers from anybody and everybody.  He’s visited Kentucky twice since Vince Marrow extended a scholarship offer, but Louisville, his favorite team as a child, appears to be in the lead.

JJ Weaver 
Defensive End | 6-6 | 235 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Moore Traditional
Committed to: Undecided
ESPN 52 DE| 7 KY Top 247 21 DE | 6 KY
Rivals — | 8 KY 247 Comp. 35 DE | 7 KY

Weaver gave rave reviews after he visited Kentucky for the first time last month, but he’s since visited Louisville and taken an official visit to Purdue.  Those trips have put Kentucky back behind the 8-ball for the Louisville athlete that grew up in Florida.

Shawnkel Knight-Goff 
Outside Linebacker | 6-4 | 215 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Doss
Committed to: Undecided
ESPN 54 DE| 11 KY Top 247 47 DE | 9 KY
Rivals 33 DE | 5 KY 247 Comp. 44 DE | 8 KY

Knight-Goff committed to Kentucky on May 18, only to reopen his recruitment less than two weeks later on May 31.  Kentucky is still an option as Louisville tries to steal the Cats’ former commit.

Demontae “TaeTae” Crumes  
Wide Receiver | 6-1 | 165 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Butler Traditional
Committed to: Undecided
ESPN –| — Top 247 93 WR | 11 KY
Rivals –| — 247 Comp. 79 WR | 9 KY

Crumes pulled a reverse-Knight-Goff.  After committing to UofL in February, he de-committed in April.  Crumes made the move after UK, Oregon, Michigan State and Michigan extended scholarship offers.

Wandale Robinson  
All-Purpose Back | 5-9 | 180 lbs.
Frankfort, Ky. | Western Hills
Committed to: Undecided
ESPN 35 ATH| 6 KY Top 247 5 APB | 7 KY
Rivals — | 9 KY 247 Comp. 5 APB | 10 KY

Robinson is at the top of UK’s recruiting board for in-state prospects.  After an unofficial visit last month, it appeared that UK made a move to the top as Robinson neared a decision.  Then Ohio State offered.  The Buckeyes’ move, and an official visit to Purdue, completely opened up Robinson’s recruitment and pushed Kentucky back with the rest of the pack.

Aidan Robbins 
Running Back/Linebacker | 6-3 | 225 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | DuPont Manual
Committed to: Undecided
ESPN 40 ATH| 8 KY Top 247 47 RB | 10 KY
Rivals — | 10 KY 247 Comp. 51 RB | 11 KY

Once considered a lock at Vanderbilt, Vince Marrow changed the game by pitching Robbins the opportunity to play either running back or linebacker.  He scheduled an official visit to Kentucky for June 22, after official visits to Purdue and Missouri.  A day after returning from Mizzou, Robbins announced he will commit Wednesday afternoon.  That’s not a good omen for Kentucky.


Kentucky stuck with the early offer strategy that’s worked before for in-state recruits.  When that did not work, Vince Marrow entered the picture and moved the needle in recruiting battles with Louisville.  After temporary gains, Purdue and Ohio State have emerged as the most-credible foreign threats to Kentucky’s in-state recruiting success.


Today on KSR: The Worst Way to End a Season

Today on KSR: The Worst Way to End a Season

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Every season-ending loss is painful, but some hurt exponentially more than others.  The Cleveland Cavaliers did not need to cry any tears after they were swept, but De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo shed quite a few after the buzzer-beating loss to North Carolina in the 2017 Elite Eight.  If you thought that was bad, watch this:

Off the glove, over the fence, game (and season) over.  Instead of upsetting the No. 1 team in the nation on the road to advance to the College World Series, Auburn’s season ended.  Ouch.

How Bout that Score, eh?

Team USA shot Panama into the stratosphere in the Americans’ second game of the U18 FIBA Americas Cup.  Panama did not score until the Americans built up a 48-point lead.  Team USA led 70-8 at the half and 99-18 after three quarters before the final horn sounded with a 118-26 American victory.  It’s difficult to analyze the X’s and O’s from such a game, but T.J. Walker got a few excellent quotes, most notably this one from Cole Anthony:

“I love Tyrese (Maxey). That’s my dude, I’d love to play with him at the next level.” Anthony added, “He’s a good friend to be around.”  The No. 1 guard in America has kept his recruitment quiet, but he may have tipped his hand a little in Canada.

Former Tennesse Signee Commits to Kentucky

Yesterday the Cats added an edge rusher to the 2019 recruiting class.  Marquez Bembry initially picked Tennessee over Kentucky in 2017.  After signing with the Vols, he spent last season in the Mississippi JuCo ranks before deciding Kentucky was his ideal SEC destination.  Originally from Atlanta, Bembry was the nation’s 27th-ranked athlete in the 2017 recruiting class.

Cats to Host 4-Star Defensive End

One of the nation’s top pass rushers will be in Lexington today.  Michael Fletcher, a 6’5″ 240-pound 2019 prospect from Flint, Michigan, is bound for the Bluegrass for an official visit.  A Top 300 player in the 2019 class according to 247 Sports, Fletcher will choose between UK, Alabama, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan and Nebraska on June 29.

UK Target Sets Decision Date

A day after taking an official visit to Missouri, Louisville Manual running back Aidan Robbins set a decision date.  Robbins will make a commitment tomorrow, pre-empting an official visit to Kentucky that was scheduled for next weekend.  Not a good sign for Kentucky’s chances.

Props to Pete Davidson

Somehow, this (kinda) funny guy from SNL…

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…convinced this girl to marry him.

Davidson might just be the smartest man alive.  It was a shock when they started to date a few weeks ago.  He was wise enough to strike while the iron was hot to lock it up for good, even though I have a feeling this engagement won’t last for long.  Speaking of engagements…

Wedding SZN

In just over two weeks I’ll be saying “I do,” and I’m not going to lie, I’m freaking out a bit.  There’s nothing wrong.  There are no last-minute fires to put out, my fiancee has been spectacular and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her, but I can’t keep my nerves in check.  Please, if you have any tips, I need all the help I can get to make sure I’m not a complete nervous wreck from now until June 30.

Happy Birthday Drew!

The hardest-working man in show biz is celebrating his special day by taking some time off to stare into the New York City skyline.  Enjoy it, Drew.


Junior College Outside Linebacker Marquez Bembry Commits to Kentucky

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A junior college edge rusher from the state of Georgia has committed to Kentucky.  Marquez Bembry, a former Tennessee signee, announced he will join the Kentucky football team.

A three-star prospect from Atlanta in the class of 2017, Bembry was committed to play at Tennessee for more than a year before signing with the Vols.  After failing to academically qualify, Bembry enrolled at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss.  Bembry is expected to be a member of Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class.

Check out highlights from his high school playing days.

Since his high school days, Bembry has transformed into a grown ass man.  He’ll play Josh Allen’s role as an outside linebacker for the Cats.

Bembry with outside linebackers coach Brad White (via @wadabbs22).

The KSR crew actually watched Bembry’s team play last year.  East Mississippi C.C. (of Last Chance U fame) hosted Jones County during KSR’s road trip to Southern Miss last fall.  Jones County’s logo shares a striking resemblance to another area logo.


Top Performers from Kentucky’s Opening Weekend Football Camps

Top Performers from Kentucky’s Opening Weekend Football Camps

Hundreds of campers filled the Kentucky football fields this weekend, hoping to captivate the the UK coaching staff.  Last night there quite a few standouts that could earn scholarship offers from Kentucky.

Kobe Stewart — A 6’3″ three-star wide receiver from Marietta, Georgia, Stewart brought a combination of length and explosiveness to the camp.  His breaks out of routes were so fast, defensive backs could not react quick enough.  Whether he was going deep, releasing into a quick slant out of bump coverage, or breaking off a defender with a comeback, it was no problem.

A 2020 prospect, Stewart’s only reported scholarship offer is from Louisville.

Dejaun McDougle —  The quickest kid at UK’s camp, the 5’10” receiver made a few people look like fools.  Exhibit A:

This one he made look even easier.

A three-star wide receiver in the 2020 class, McDougle already has more than 25 offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Alabama, Miami and Kentucky.  Wide receivers coach Michael Smith made sure McDougle did not go unnoticed.

Jaden Gibbs —  Another wide receiver that already has an offer from UK, Gibbs was arguably the most physical of the group.  A 6’3″ muscular athlete, Gibbs uses his width to create space and explode out of the catch.  A Knoxville native, Dean Hood spent plenty of time talking to the 2019 recruit once the camp concluded.

Devin Nicholson — Last fall Nicholson played alongside DeAndre Square at perennial powerhouse Cass Tech in Detroit.  Yesterday he was the most impressive linebacker at UK’s camp.  Listed as an outside linebacker, he spent the day working inside with Matt House and Courtney Love.  Quick out of his stance, Nicholson showed enough to earn an offer.  The 2019 prospect currently has nine scholarship offers, most notably from Iowa State.

Kingsley Grissett — A lengthy wideout in the 2019 class from Pompano Beach, Florida, Grissett could not be stopped at Saturday night’s camp.  Light on his feet, he earned a second and third look from Kentucky’s coaches.

Rahmod Smith — The first person to make me say, “Wow,” Smith was the camp’s most intriguing player.  Smith lined up with the wide receivers at 6’4″ 210 pounds and physically dominated his opponents.

Smith’s problem is that he’s a tweener.  You rarely see a wide receiver/defensive end combination, but that’s exactly what he is.  The fade-catching machine will likely be a tight end at the next level.  His tweener status has kept the big schools away from Miami Homestead’s 2019 prospect…for now.

Jordan Watkins — A few years ago one of my friends told me, “Roush, my next running back is going D-1.”  Normally my friend is full of it, but this time he wasn’t lying.  The bouncy 2020 Louisville DeSales athlete was one of the fastest kids at Kentucky’s camp.  The offers have not yet rolled in for Watkins, but that will not be the case for much longer.

Maverick Hansen — The UK coaches kept a keen eye on the offensive/defensive lineman from Farmington, Michigan.  Hansen displayed exceptional lateral quickness for a 6’7″ 270-pounder.  A 2019 prospect, Iowa State and a slew of MAC schools have offered Hansen.

Jacob Dean — An eye-opening offensive lineman, Dean did everything right moving North-South.  The 6’8″ offensive tackle has a powerful first step that packs quite the punch, making him one of the camp’s most physically impressive offensive linemen.  Laterally, there’s a little work to do, but he showed Michigan enough to earn a scholarship offer.  I think he did enough this weekend at UK to add another offer to his coffers.

The previous prospects stood out, but they weren’t the most talented kids on campus.  After all, UK quarterback commit Nik Scalzo was in the building, along with a dozen or more other visitors who did not participate in the camps.  Stay tuned to see who else visited and what they had to say about Kentucky’s recruiting pitch.


Views from Kentucky’s Sunday Night Football Camp

Views from Kentucky’s Sunday Night Football Camp

Kentucky brought more top talent to the Bluegrass for tonight’s primetime camp.  The weather forced the campers off Kroger Field and into the Nutter Field House, but it didn’t limit the action.

After watching hundreds of high schoolers compete over the last two days, there’s almost too much to talk about.  Before I gather my notes and thoughts from a busy weekend of football, enjoy the sights and sounds from tonight’s camp, one that featured quite a few SEC-caliber prospects.

Deajaun McDougle was one of the most impressive players at the camp.  A 2020 wide receiver with offers from Oklahoma and Alabama, McDougle took on the best DBs every single time, and usually won.  One of about 25 kids from Deerfield Beach, Florida, after reps a few UK freshmen from the area, Jamari Brown and Stanley Garner, were quick to offer advice.

The campers didn’t play at Kroger Field, but the stadium remained open so everyone could walk on the turf.

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Five Things We Learned at Kentucky’s First Summer Camp of 2018

Five Things We Learned at Kentucky’s First Summer Camp of 2018

Summer football camp season opened today at Kroger Field.  Hundreds of campers worked with UK coaches inside the stadium and on the practice field throughout the day.  KSR was on the sideline to see who was the best of the best on day one.

1. Nik Scalzo, Big Visor Guy

I guess Matt Jones isn’t the only person who still wears visors.  Scalzo is bringing the visor back.  The Kentucky quarterback commit rocked one throughout the camp’s entirety.

Scalzo also spent plenty of time talking to Mark Stoops, Darin Hinshaw and Terry Wilson in-between reps. Normally the QB commits spend more time talking than working; not Scalzo.  He remained involved the entire time, showing off throws though the entire passing tree.  His prettiest pass might be the deep fade.  He puts a wonderful touch on the ball and never looks uncomfortable.  As you’ll see from his short routes, he gets the ball out of his hand quickly.

Scalzo wasn’t the only impressive quarterback at the camp.  Lexington Catholic’s Beau Allen, son of former UK quarterback Bill Allen, is a junior-to-be with a pretty spiral.  Allen’s best throws are deep outs, one of the most difficult passes to throw.  Throwing to unfamiliar wide receivers, he still hit them in stride out of the break.  Allen has a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

2. A Stand-Out South Florida Wide Receiver

During camps, there’s usually one or two wide receivers that do not look like the rest.  Today that wide receiver was Kingsley Grissett.  A 6’4″ 175-pounder 2019 prospect, usually size takes away from speed.  That’s not the case with Grissett.  In fact, his best asset is that he’s light on his feet.  Most would use the word “smooth” to describe his game, but “graceful” might be a better adjective.

From Pompano Beach, Florida, last year the three-star prospect played with UK freshman defensive back Jamari Brown at Blanche Ely High School.  Grissett’s offer sheet does not have any Power Five schools, but that will likely change after today’s camp.  Speaking of offers…

3. Offers Extended to In-State Prospects

The Big Dog put in a little extra work after camp.  Vince Marrow met with Tristan Cox, a 2021 athlete from Somerset, to extend him a scholarship offer.

Kentucky also offered a pair of rising juniors from Ballard.  Kentucky is cornerback Josh Minkins Jr.’s first scholarship offer.  Running back Markeice Warner earned his offer after reportedly running a 4.37 40-yard dash.

4. I Feel Bad for Offensive Linemen

I don’t understand how they’re supposed to put hands on pass-rushing defensive linemen when they aren’t wearing shoulder pads.  The slippery defensive linemen always have the advantage, but they don’t always win.

The most entertaining player at the camp was a large, blonde offensive tackle.  He might have been the biggest guy there, but he probably doesn’t have the height or length to play Division I football.  He does have the nastiness for it.  He mauled player after player and hit every opponent with a cock-strong punch.  At one point I thought they might have to break up a fight.  The best part?  Before he left the field, he removed his cleats, put on a pair of blue jeans over his shorts, then threw on a pair of square-toed cowboy boots.

Arguably the most-talented offensive lineman on campus did not participate in camp activities.  2020 LCA offensive  tackle Walker Parks took an unofficial visit just a few days after receiving a scholarship offer from Clemson.  The legacy recruit received plenty of attention from the Kentucky coaching staff.

5. Leaders Emerge

Kentucky football players weren’t required to be at today’s camp, but there were still a dozen or so in attendance.  Drake Jackson, Dom Williams, C.J. Conrad, Terry Wilson, Josh Paschal and Josh Allen were just a few that caught my eye.  Voluntarily attending a camp is a little thing, but it’s the little things that make a big difference when it matters most.


Big George and Josh Allen want a Few Football Updates

Sheesh! (via @UKFootball)

In their first week back on campus, the Kentucky football team has spent much of their time in the weight room.  After watching for only 35 seconds, I am exhausted.  I can’t imagine doing this for a couple hours four days a week.

If you’re still freaking out about Lynn Bowden’s Tweet, you’ll see him running in the video below. 

Wednesday is the team’s “off” day.  That’s a relative term.  Even though the team isn’t lifting and conditioning, they’re still together.  This weekend Freddie Maggard invited Jim Cavale to speak to the team about branding and how to best develop one using social media.  After the presentation, they enjoyed crawfish and a little wife ball.

There haven’t been too many other developments on the football field, but there is in the recruiting world.

Local Legacy Recruit Picks Up Big Offer

This week Walker Parks earned an impressive scholarship offer.  Following an outstanding performance at Clemson’s football camp, Dabo Swinney extended an offer to the 6’5″ 250-pound offensive tackle from Lexington Christian Academy.

A three-star recruit in the 2020 class, Parks has been recruited by John Schlarman for quite some time.  He received his offer from UK at this spring’s Junior Day.  A legacy recruit, his father David was an offensive lineman on the Kentucky team that went to the 1993 Peach Bowl.  Parks is a priority for the Cats, but keeping the college football powerhouses away will not be easy.

Cats Make Top 10 for Isaiah Gibson

Three-star defensive tackle Isaiah Gibson has narrowed his selection of suitors to Kentucky, Wisconsin, Purdue, Minnesota, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan State and Indiana.  Why is this a big deal?

Gibson is teammates with UK commit Moses Douglass.  It looked like the Cats were in the driver’s seat for the explosive interior defensive lineman, but Purdue and Wisconsin have become a problem.  Gibson is expected to officially visit Kentucky in two weeks, the perfect time to seal the deal.

Bud Dupree wants more Sack Lunches

Injuries have made Dupree’s career as a Pittsburgh Steeler inconsistent, however, he showed enough in 2017 to earn a fifth-year option on his rookie contract.  Still, Dupree told ESPN he’s not satisfied with last season’s performance.

“I just left double-digit sacks on the field,” said Dupree, a third-year pass-rusher who finished with a career-high six in 2017. “I still can get double-digit sacks even though I’m in coverage a lot. I just have to capitalize on my opportunities. I’ve just got to close the deal.”

If he can reach double-digits in the sack column, he’l be the first Steeler to do so since 2010.  It would happen at the perfect time, as Dupree enters free agency for the first time following the 2018 season.

Holy Highlight

This has nothing to do with Kentucky football and everything to do with awesomeness.


Previewing Kentucky Football’s Biggest Recruiting Weekend of the Summer

The summer football recruiting season is getting off to a hot start at the University of Kentucky.  This weekend hundreds will gather at Kroger Field to camp with the Cats and tour the Joe Craft Football Training Center.

Tracking every prospect is almost impossible, however, there are a few names that you should know.  Kentucky is hosting five official visitors, and a few could pull the trigger and commit before the weekend concludes.

Officials Visitors

Nikolas Ognenovic

A three-star tight end, Ognenovic (Og-nin-O-vich) catches passes from Nik Scalzo at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  A 6’6″ 240-pound prospect, Ognenovic is agile for his size.  He primarily lines up in the slot as a wide receiver, rather than in a three-point stance as a traditional tight end.

Ognenovic is familiar with Kentucky’s campus.  He attended a UK Junior Day and made the trip to the Cats’ spring game with Scalzo, who will accompany him this weekend too.  Kentucky will try to close the deal on a commitment.  If Kentucky plays their cards right, Ognenovic will roll the dice and cancel next week’s official visit to Pitt, UK’s toughest competition.

Jaden Davis

After losing a commitment from a four-star cornerback from South Florida, Kentucky is on the verge of landing another four-star cornerback from South Florida.

Considered the No. 208 prospect in America by the 247 Sports Composite, UK is going up against the big dogs for Jaden Davis — Miami, Florida, Penn State and Oklahoma.  Hailing from perennial powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, a commitment from Davis would not only make waves around the region, but within his team.  It might not happen this weekend, but the visit should get UK one step closer to landing the elite athlete.

Braylen Ingraham

Davis’ teammate at St. Thomas Aquinas, the defensive end is a four-star, Top 300 prospect.  Like Davis, his offer sheet is extensive.  Kentucky is fighting off Florida, Miami, Oklahoma, Clemson and Alabama to land Ingraham.

Before he transferred to Thomas Aquinas for his final season, Ingraham played at Dillard High School, the home of Kentucky Wildcats Jordan Wright, Stanley Garner and Bryce Oliver.  Winning this recruiting battle will be no easy task, but Eddie Gran’s South Florida connections and Kentucky’s reputation with pass rushers could put the Cats over the top.

Ruke Orhorhoro

This pass-rusher is from the other end of the country.  Hailing from River Rouge, Michigan, Orhorhoro is down to four schools: Michigan, Clemson, Indiana and Kentucky.  The Cats get the chance to make the best first impression before the three-star defensive end visits Clemson and Indiana next week.  Michigan-native DeAndre Square could play a big part in his decision, which will happen in late June or early July.

Triston Miller

A 6’6″ 275-pound three-star offensive tackle, Miller is from an area you don’t see Kentucky recruit often: Charlotte, North Carolina.  A territory Dean Hood is familiar with, the Cats are competing with Arkansas, North Carolina, N.C. State and a slew of ACC schools for his service.

Unofficial Visitors

Nik Scalzo —  The UK commit will join his tight end, Ognenovic, as he takes an official visit.  Like most commits, Scalzo will probably not participate in camp drills.  Once players have made their pledge to UK, they use the camp weekends to build camaraderie with current players and recruit others to join the cause.

Jared Casey — Last week the newly-minted four-star linebacker from Louisville Ballard visited Kentucky’s campus for the first time.  Casey was convinced to return just seven days later to shadow a player during the Cats’ massive recruiting weekend.

Moses Douglass — The highest-ranked commit in Kentucky’s 2018 recruiting class, the four-star safety is the No. 259 player overall according to 247 Sports.  The son of former Wildcat and Chicago Bear, Maurice Douglass, Moses will be a frequent flyer to Lexington throughout the summer.

Josh DeBerry — UK was the three-star Michigan cornerback’s first scholarship offer.

Kaleb Boateng — The three-star Ft. Lauderdale offensive tackle has almost 40 scholarship offers.  A 6’4″ 300-pounder, Boateng will be one of many from Ft. Lauderdale High School camping at UK as his head coach leads a group on a tour of schools throughout the South.

There will be a ton of underclassmen on campus; here’s a small sample that shows kids are coming from Florida to Michigan to camp with the Cats.

Colby Dempsey — A rising junior cornerback, Dempsey hails from Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the same school where Eddie Gran found redshirt freshman cornerback Cedrick Dort.

Kyle Arnoldi — One of many from Michigan who will make the trip down I-75, Arnoldi is a 2020 offensive guard.

James Davis — The 5’11” junior wide receiver from South Florida already has a scholarship offer from Kentucky.