The nation’s most talented high school football prospects will descend upon Atlanta, Georgia this weekend to compete in the Rivals Five-Star Challenge, and a handful of them are Kentucky football recruits.
The Five-Star Challenge is the top camp in the Rivals’ circuit. Equivalent to Nike’s The Opening, this adidas sponsored invitation-only event is being held at Mercedez-Benz Stadium. Four of the campers are Kentucky natives.
Jared Casey earned his invitation by winning the linebacker MVP honors at the Nashville Three Stripe Camp. The Louisville Ballard defender blew up on the recruiting scene, earned four-stars and more than a dozen offers, including one from Kentucky. Mark Stoops, Matt House and Vince Marrow have put the Cats in an excellent position.
“I love Kentucky. They’ll definitely be on my short list,” he told Rivals’ Dave Lackford shortly after arriving this morning. “I went up there like two times in three weeks. I’ve got a good feel for all of the coaches and players.”
Casey will be playing alongside Louisville Moore defensive end J.J. Weaver. Originally from Florida, Kentucky is in a good place for the four-star talent who is also considering Louisville, Miami, Purdue, Georgia and Cincinnati.
On offense the Commonwealth will be represented by Wandale Robinson, the nation’s fifth-ranked all-purpose back. A jack of all trades, everybody who is anybody is trying to pull the Frankfort native away from his home state. Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska have made late charges in his recruitment, but the Cats have been there since day one.
Robinson recently told 247 Sports, “They now have the quarterbacks that can throw the ball. I’ve seen them in practice. It’s the same as what coach Gran did while at Cincinnati. They are doing that at Kentucky. I can play early there as a receiver, out of the backfield, and as a punt returner. They could use me in the slot or out of the backfield.”
The fourth Kentuckian at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge is Stephen Herron, the Trinity defensive end that is committed to Michigan. One Michigan man is one of the camp’s only juniors.
Justin Rogers, a 2020 offensive lineman from Oak Park, already has a five-star ranking in the 247 Composite. When Steve Clinkscale went to the Great Lakes State, Rogers was one of the first to receive an offer. Every college football powerhouse is involved on Rogers’ recruitment, but he’s already made a handful of trips to Kentucky.