The summer recruiting season is in full swing. This weekend Mark Stoops held his first Prime Time Camp, hosting hundreds of top prospects from around the nation. Sometimes the recruiting and evaluation process can be difficult from afar, relying on a coach’s word or film. These camps take away the middlemen, allowing the players and Kentucky coaches to work together on the same field. Weekends like this are where Yahtzees! are made. Here’s a rundown of some of the prospects that could bleed blue in the near future.
Quandeski Whitlow’s cousin is no longer the quarterback at UK, but that isn’t deterring his interest in the Cats. This Whitlow (pictured above) is a consensus 3-star defensive end in the class of 2015 that is a 6’3, 220-pound pass rushing specialist. The Miami Hurricanes and Mississippi State Bulldogs are at the top of his list, alongside Kentucky and Auburn. Whitlow is making his rounds to many camps, visiting Steve Spurrier at South Carolina next week.
It wouldn’t be an eventful recruiting weekend in Lexington if Damien Harris didn’t show up. Things just keep looking better and better for the Cats, as they attempt to keep the nation’s best running back home.
If there’s one name on this list you NEED to remember, it’s Woodford County’s Drake Jackson. He’s Kentucky’s best player in the class of 2016 and is already the #50 player in nation in his class. You heard me right, THE #50 PLAYER IN THE NATION IS RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD. It won’t be the last time I’ll be talking about the impressive offensive lineman, who ventured to Ohio State’s camp after visiting with Mark Stoops.
Another UK/UL recruiting competition is brewing for Elijah Holyfield, son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander. The 4.5 running back from Georgia also visited U of Smell this weekend. Stoops shouldn’t have a problem recruiting against Petrino, but Miss. State, Tennessee, Georgia and Ohio State are stiff competition.
3-star Alabama defensive tackle Jared Gentry took his first visit to Lexington this weekend. The 300 pounder from the class of 2015 is still in the early stages of his recruitment, receiving hits from WKU, Memphis and Southern Miss, but the big fella could explode in the near future as other SEC schools start to take notice.
Gentry wasn’t the only big-time defensive tackle in town this weekend. Anthony Rush is a 3-star from the class of 2015 that has already received a ton of attention from his home state schools, NC State and North Carolina, but new coach Craig Naivar is doing his best to “get some” early in the recruiting season. (I think Coach Naivar says “get some” more than Coach Stoops says “good” in post-practice pressers).
Reggie Hemphill and Desmond Fitzpatrick are two of the best wide receivers in the class of 2016 and both were in town yesterday. Recruiting experts rate Hemphill higher, but I’m not here to judge. Fitzpatrick has been to Lexington twice in the past two months and the tide could be turning against Michigan and Ohio State, his top two schools. Hopefully the Texas ties of Tommy Mainord and Neal Brown are enough to convinceHemphill to play his college ball outside of the state of Texas.
Dre’Mont Jones is one of the nation’s premiere defensive ends. The Cleveland native is an absolute freak. The 6’5, 250-pounder is almost as good at tight end as he is on the defensive side of the ball. He has all of the best coaches drooling, from Ohio State to Notre Dame and Michigan. His Crystal Ball is 100% toward Ohio State, but there’s still plenty of time for Vince Marrow and Mark Stoops to flex their Ohio muscles for the 4-star prospect in 2015.