Before hundreds of high school football players flock to Kroger Field Friday night for a weekend filled of evening camps, Mark Stoops is hosting more than a handful of official visitors in the 2020 recruiting class. Here’s who’s expected to use one of their five official visits in Lexington this week.
As I mentioned earlier on KSR, two of the top defensive backs in America are from Detroit. This week they’ll officially visit UK.
Four-star cornerback Enzo Jennings is the eighth-ranked cornerback in America according to Rivals. Pursued by every top program in America, following his visit to UK he’ll officially visit Pitt and Penn State. UK has extensive ties to Jennings. Steve Clinkscale gave Jennings, and his teammate Justin Rogers, scholarship offers when they were eighth graders.
Makari Paige, a four-star safety that’s considered one of the 20 best at his position, will make the trip from Detroit as well. Most believe it’s a three-horse race between Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State for Paige’s services. His most recent top seven includes UK, Notre Dame and five Big Ten programs: Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue and Michigan State. If Rogers has his way, Paige will be a Kentucky Wildcat.
He coming with me https://t.co/Pw3CM4yI4t
— Justin Rogers (@AllAmerican52JR) June 4, 2019
At 6’1″ 210 pounds, Cleveland’s Torrance Davis is a big running back. Cut from the same cloth as A.J. Rose, Davis is considered one of the ten best players in the state of Ohio. Penn State, Pitt and Michigan State are also heavily pursuing Davis.
From the southwest part of the state, JuTahn (Juh-Tohn) McClain will make the trip to Lexington from the Cincinnati suburb of Fairfield. Like a handful of other UK targets, McClain is a small (5’9″), speedy running back that can make plays on the edge.
Leading into this weekend’s visit, McClain released a top seven that includes UK, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue. McClain plans on announcing his college decision July 4. Even though he’ll wait a few more weeks to announce a decision, this weekend could seal the deal for McClain to UK.
Kentucky has found itself in the middle of an Iron Bowl recruiting battle. Outside linebacker Quandarrius Robinson is the No. 28 player in America according to Rivals. The 6’5″ 220-pound athlete from Birmingham was committed to Auburn for six months…until he attended Alabama’s Junior Day this spring.
While the two Alabama powers fought over Robinson, UK slid into the picture. He’ll start his summer official visit tour in Lexington, followed by trips to Auburn, Tennessee and Nebraska.
Kentucky will try to get another former commit back in the fold this weekend. John Young will be on campus Friday to try and convince Richie Leonard to re-commit to UK. One of the Sunshine State’s top interior offensive linemen, Leonard is coming to UK off visits to Georgia Tech and Florida. Two weeks from now he’ll visit Tennessee before he announces his final college decision on his mother’s birthday, July 5.
Leonard is bringing one of his talented friends with him to UK. Ranked as the No. 135 player in America, athlete Caziah Holmes will make his first trip to Lexington alongside his teammate. Florida State is the team to beat, but in the coming weeks he plans on visiting Penn State and Tennessee (the same weekend Leonard will be in Knoxville).
Arguably the most difficult task at hand this weekend is convincing Miami commit Samuel Anaele to reconsider his options. At least the defensive end’s second trip to Lexington, Anaele has remained committed to The U despite significant coaching changes. Considered the No. 96 player in America by Rivals, this official visit could ultimately make Anaele have a change of heart.