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In-State Football Star Milton Wright Commits to Purdue

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One of the quietest football recruitments in the state has unceremoniously ended.  Christian Academy of Louisville wide receiver Milton Wright will be a Purdue Boilermaker.

“I chose Purdue because it’s a family atmosphere up there and I really like what Coach Brohm is doing up there and I know it’s the right place for me and my family,” Wright told Rivals. “They’ve been the one school that’s always been there and recruiting me hard no matter what.”

Wright chose Purdue over Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio State and Louisville.  In the end, it was between Kentucky and Purdue, but Jeff Brohm’s heavy passing attack and extensive relationship with Wright won out.

Up until this morning, Wright was the highest-ranked uncommitted in-state prospect.  The four-star wide receiver is a consensus Top 250 player and is ranked as high as No. 153 by 247 Sports.

Without Wright in the picture, UK has only one more chance to land a big fish from the state of Kentucky.  The good news: the Cats are in great shape with J.J. Weaver.  The four-star Louisville Moore pass rusher will announce his decision November 30.


Three-star cornerback decommits from Kentucky

Three-star cornerback decommits from Kentucky

A defensive back out of Georgia has reopened his recruitment after decommitting from the University of Kentucky.

Three-star cornerback Jay Ward tweeted his decommitment Tuesday afternoon, saying he will explore more options.

The decision to pull his commitment from UK came days after taking a visit to LSU, so, presumably, LSU is high on his list. He received his LSU offer just last month.

Ward committed to Kentucky back in June.


Recruiting Reaction from the Kentucky-Georgia Game

Recruiting Reaction from the Kentucky-Georgia Game

The University of Kentucky didn’t get a win against Georgia, but you still might consider it a recruiting win.  Countless recruits witnessed a packed Kroger Field for the SEC East showdown.  Many shared their experience on social media after the game.

The biggest name on the guest list might have also been the biggest person in the stands.  Justin Rogers, a five-star Michigan offensive lineman in the 2020 class, shared this snapshot from his trip.

Dylan Rathcke is a pretty big guy too.  One of Kentucky’s top remaining offensive tackle targets in the 2019 class, the Baton Rouge native made his first trip to Lexington.  Arkansas is believed to be UK’s top competition for the three-star prospect.

The name we’ll probably be talking about most in the upcoming 2020 class is Vito Tisdale.  The  Bowling Green High School safety is considered the No. 5 safety in the 2020 class and a Top 150 player in America.  Already a four-star prospect, Tisdale holds offers from Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee and of course, Kentucky.

William Griffin, a 6’5″ sophomore offensive tackle from Nashville, Tennessee, picked up an offer on the visit.

Kentucky also extended an offer to someone who has family ties to Kentucky.  Randall Cobb’s nephew, Tee Hodge, is a three-star 2020 running back form Maryville, Tennessee who now holds a UK offer.

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Recruiting Visitors for Kentucky-Georgia

For the biggest game in the history of Kroger Field, Mark Stoops is hosting one of the biggest recruiting weekends in Kentucky football history.

Arguably the most important player visiting campus is a Kentucky commit.  Defensive tackle Cavon Butler will take his official visit this weekend.  Butler isn’t the highest-ranked recruit, but he’s an incredibly talented interior defensive lineman (a tough position to recruit) that has drawn the interest from Ohio State and Michigan State since he committed to UK.  Before he officially visits Columbus for the Michigan game, the Cats have a chance to make a big impression this weekend.

Butler is one of many from the Buckeye State who will be making the trip to Lexington down I-75.  Springfield High School has quite the caravan.  Three-star 2019 outside linebacker Ra’Heim Moss will unofficially visit with a pair of UK commits, Moses Douglass and Isaiah Gibson.

Most of Kentucky’s 2019 class will be in the Kroger Field stands.  Wandale Robinson, Shawnkel Knight-Goff, Eli Cox, Nik Scalzo and Nik Ognenovic are expected to be in Lexington.  Louisville Butler wide receiver Demontae “Tae Tae” Crumes will use this weekend as his official visit.

There will also be a number of prospects from the state of Georgia in town.  Three-star offensive guard Kamaar Bell will officially visit.  From Moultrie, Georgia, Bell plays for Sihiem King’s alma mater, Colquitt County.  Two other three-star Georgians in the 2020 class, quarterback Mike Wright and offensive lineman Trey Zimmerman, are expected to be in Lexington.

There are a couple of headline-grabbing underclassmen that could make the trip from Michigan.  Marquan McCall’s friends and former Oak Park teammates are two of the most talented juniors in America.  Offensive lineman Justin Rogers is a five-star prospect and the No. 15 player in the 2020 class.  Quarterback Enzo Jennings is considered the No. 83 player in the 2020 class.  Each visited UK often throughout McCall’s recruitment.  A win on Saturday could keep the Cats involved until the very end of their recruitments.

There are plenty of underclassmen who don’t have to travel so far to see the Cats.  Most of the top Kentuckians in the 2020 class are expected to unofficially visit UK this weekend.  That includes Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen, Boyle County wide receiver Reese Smith, CAL offensive lineman John Young and Male wide receiver Izayah Cummings.

This list is by no means a finalized guest list.  Plans change.  Regardless of who can actually get to Lexington, it’s going to be a phenomenal day to showcase Kentucky football to promising recruits.


Vince Marrow responds to claims he played dirty for Wandale Robinson

Nebraska fans are not coping well with Wandale Robinson’s commitment to Kentucky yesterday; in fact, Jim Rose, the former play-by-play announcer for the Cornhuskers, went as far to suggest that Vince Marrow, Kentucky’s recruiting coordinator, played dirty for the four-star athlete.

“Things were looking good for us, until last night. Kentucky assistant Vince Marrow, perhaps accompanied by a few special friends of Kentucky athletics, hung with the Robinsons. When the meeting adjourned, one of them placed a call to Frost. He was presented with the minutes of the last meeting and was asked, ‘Is Nebraska still interested?’ Scott had no idea who the guy was, how he knows Wandale Robinson or even how he go Frost’s number. The call didn’t last long. There’s a good chance Wandale Robinson will never again speak to a Nebraska coach.”

“Who knows what, if anything, beyond room and board, tuition fees, and a living stipend was promised to Wandale or his family. Maybe scary things were implied,” Rose said, listing various recruiting horror stories over the years. “But you can’t coach what you don’t have, so at some point even the most sincere of coaches dance with the ugly stepsister of his business knowing they can’t help all the good kids if they don’t win enough to keep their jobs.”

Well, then. Marrow, who used to coach tight ends at Nebraska, responded on Twitter:

I know Nebraska’s 2-6 this season and fans are bitter about losing Wandale, but what a bad look for the Cornhuskers.


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