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Kentucky Football Made Moves on 2018 Junior Day


In the first Kentucky football recruiting showcase of the 2019 recruiting season, Mark Stoops opened his doors to more than 120 prospects from more than a dozen states.

Unlike previous Junior Days, the invitation-only event was not dominated by recruits from Ohio.  Of course there were a few big names from the Buckeye state, but there were just as many hailing from Michigan, Missouri and Louisiana.

The biggest name from Steve Clinkscale’s Michigan territory was Michael Fletcher.  The No. 10 player in the state is one of the 25 best defensive ends in the country.  After the visit he Tweeted: “Had a great time at Kentucky! Will definitely be back.”

From the uncharted lands of Missouri, 6’3″ wide receiver C.J. Boone spent his day at UK enjoying time with Paul Tyson, the grandson of Bear Bryant who is one of the ten best pocket-passers in the nation.  Tyson wasn’t the only quarterback on campus.

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A New QB Scholarship Offer

If there’s one position you need to lock up early, it’s quarterback.  Darin Hinshaw and Eddie Gran did their part by inviting four quarterbacks to campus.

Kentucky has been Tyson’s radar probably longer than any other school.  The same could be said for Hayden Wolff.  A big man (6’5″) with a big arm, the Cats are the early favorites for Wolff.  Those two arrived in Lexington with UK scholarship offers.  Dual-threat quarterback Nik Scalzo left Lexington with an offer from Eddie Gran.

“After having a great visit with Coach Stoops, Gran, and Hinshaw, I am honored to say that I have received an offer from THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY,” Scalzo Tweeted.

He’s only 6-feet tall, but he’s caught the eyes of many schools in the camp circuits.  Illinois and a slew of Ivy League schools have also extended offers to the seventeenth-ranked dual-threat passer in 2019.

The other quarterback on campus is also considered a dual-threat.  Travis Mumphrey from Marrero, Louisiana brought a couple of teammates with him to Lexington, but did not leave with an offer.

Cats Offer Louisville Commit

Demontae Crumes committed to Louisville last week.  Yesterday Kentucky coaches extended him a scholarship offer in Lexington.

A Louisville native from Butler High School, I can confirm that Crumes can catch passes.  In fact, the time I watched Crumes from the stands, his efforts in the end zone almost single-handedly carried Butler to a victory.  The 6’1″ wide out plays bigger than his size and was good enough to lead Butler to one of their best seasons in a decade.

Kentucky has a long time to convince Crumes to leave his hometown.  It doesn’t hurt that he grew up cheering for Kentucky.

An Important Legacy Recruit

Arguably the biggest name on Kentucky’s campus this weekend was a familiar one.  Mo Douglass was a safety at UK from 1984-1986.  Yesterday he brought his daughter and son to Lexington.

Moses Douglass is a four-star safety that is considered one of the best 300 players in America.  He holds offers from more than 20 schools, including most of the Big 10 conference.  Coached by his father, the elder Douglass has sent some of his former players, like defensive tackle Kordell Looney, to Kentucky.  Can Stoops and Marrow convince him to send his son to school down I-75 South?

The Douglass family (via @ShilohDouglass)

Not All Juniors

Even though it’s called Junior Day, UK’s coaching staff still invites underclassmen.

The biggest of the bunch was Paris Johnson Jr.  The 6’7″ 275-pound offensive tackle from Cincinnati St. X is the No. 113 player in his class according to 247.  Before he completed his visit, Johnson Jr. Tweeted, “Amazing visit! Blessed to have the opportunity to spend time with Coach Marrow, Coach Schlarman, Coach Gran and Coach Stoops!”

Johnson Jr. received a scholarship prior to his visit.  Kentucky waited until John Young got to campus to extend a scholarship offer.  A 6’8″ 280-pound offensive lineman from Christian Academy of Louisville, Rex Chapman and Steve Romines were ecstatic when they heard the news.

Kentucky didn’t exclusively invite big underclassmen.  Four-star North Carolina wide receiver Mike Wyman picked up an offer before he left Lexington.

Tweet of the Weekend

The football recruiting Twitter world was filled with tons of pictures from the uniformed photoshoots.  Many were bypassed, but this caption from four-star Michigan wide receiver Rashawn Williams was an exception.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

13 responses to “Kentucky Football Made Moves on 2018 Junior Day”

  1. Smyrna_Cat

    Why are all J. Miller “articles” blocked from comments?

    1. All Cats Everything

      Because some fans aren’t mature enough to have an adult conversation with anyone with a D next to their name. They get triggered and snowflake out.

  2. Chacosrule

    Because he used to always get slammed for his moronic articles, and now ksr protects him. This is actually the first article of his that I agree with.

    1. UK Big Board Update

      You blindly support Trump. I wouldn’t call anyone moronic, if I were you. 😉

    2. Chacosrule

      No I don’t.

    3. UK Big Board Update

      LOL. The “no accountability” card. Nice. I don’t blame you.

    4. Rembrandt

      What does any of this have to do with UK’s Junior Day? The rest of us don’t give a hoot where you guys stand with the President of the United States.

    5. Chacosrule

      I don’t know. This little guy obviously knows me, and believes I’m a blind Trump supporter just because I think j Miller’s articles are usually trash.
      Google Trump University to see that I’m not lying. Btw, I think both of the major parties suck.

    6. Shagaris Sock Puppet

      Agree with? The reason they probably turned the comments off is there has to be some kind of push to throw shade at the cannabis plant and just promote Hemp. Why cant we all be adults and just admit that CANNABIS in general is a great plant medicinal or not. To throw it out there that THC is bad with no in depth research, is just idiotic. We give kids benzos that have seizures and kids chemical therapy that have cancer, but you give them a little thc and thats bad? No one will show any evidence of why it would be bad to use a substance thats been proven to help kids with those diseases and help them dramatically. Look at the drugs that are killing people and thats including kids. Opoids are controlled and regulated and look at whats happened to those. Its use then restrictions, led to the heroin epidemic.

      Cannabis itself is split up just because people want to push their agenda of non psychoactive vs psychoactive to benefit their side of the plant so they can take advantage of the laws or politicians that crontrol the laws. Why not just legalize the full plant and end all the BS? Im tired of these politicians like Sessions claiming they will end “pot” then raive about opoids being the future of pain management still. Hes a sleaze ball coward thats in bed with these big pharma companies.

    7. Chacosrule

      You’re exactly right. Let me rephrase. This is the first Miller article I kinda sorta agree with. Baby steps.

    8. Shagaris Sock Puppet

      I agree with what hes trying to point out. Baby steps is a way, but we need to cut the crap and people need to get with the times. This plant can do alot of help, but without taking it serious and doing legitimate scientific research, this will take decades. When in reality, we could have been using this years ago and potentially saving people medically and never ever going down the road that opoids has taken us. I personally lost my best friend and a huge lifetime UK fanatic to heroin/opoids. And it started with prescription drugs.

      If were afraid of kids getting high, whats to stop a kid from drinking alcohol in dads fridge, drinking bleach or even eating a tide pod? My point is it starts with parenting and watching your kids. Its easier for kids to get drugs off the street now than it is for them to get alcohol. So legalizing the plant keeps people from going to get it from drug dealers, that alone increases crime rate and the possibility to get something else, thats much more harmful.

      Look at all the tax dollars going to make schools better in Colorado and other legal states. We have a huge problem in this state with academic funding and without making gambling legal, were desperate for some extra revenue and this would be a win win. Lets just allow Indiana to legalize this like gambling and allow them to grow their school systems even more!

  3. Chacosrule

    I know of 5 people here in our small town that have died from prescription meds, fentanyl etc. I know of exactly zero people ever dying from marijuana.

  4. BluKudzu

    Drew Brees is pretty good, right? he is 5’11”.