While it’s certainly a good bit until these players become eligible to don the Blue and White, a pair of Kentucky youngsters—and one from D.C. with an offer from UK—made MaxPreps.com’s end of year Freshman All-American team. These kids may not have been around for the ’90s, but they can ball.
OL Dane Jackson— Berea, Madison Southern @GREAT_DANE_52
Madison Southern’s Dane Jackson, a 5-11 250-pound offensive lineman (likely a center), made the list which only selected the five top O-Line prospects. And in case you had any doubts (probably not based on the likeness of that picture) he’s our very own Drake Jackson’s brother. To get a sense of what the Berea product can do on the field, here’s a highlight of him cooking up some pancakes:
LB Devin Johnson— Paintsville, Johnson Central @devinfootball44
Playing for historical powerhouse (and Chris Stapleton’s alma mater) Johnson Central, Johnson (fitting name, right?) has turned heads as much or more than another particular Paintsville product. As always with freshmen, it’s tough to tell if they’ll continue to develop as projected both with their bodies and skill-wise, but his energy coming off the edge looks promising—especially when you consider that many of the guys he’s going up against have an extra three years of puberty on him.
Watch him work:
OL Anton Harrison—Washington, D.C. @Ayee_Tonn
This guy is not from Kentucky, obviously, but it’s worth noting that he does already have an offer from the Cats. I’m not all on board for giving program attention this early to kids, but I’m sure the love and confidence in him to offer a scholarship has left an indelible impression on the 6-5, 250 man-child.