Not long ago, many believed Kentucky was behind the eight-ball in in-state recruiting. Now the Cats have momentum with four four-star recruits entering the final stretch of the 2019 recruiting season.
The Commonwealth’s top eight 2019 prospects are consensus four-star players. Half of them decided early on they wanted to play college football outside of the state. When Alabama, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech received high-profile commitments, many worried Mark Stoops lost his touch. Then he let the Big Dog loose.
Since Marrow assumed the lead for in-state recruits, the Cats have been on a role. After picking up commitments from Eli Cox and TaeTae Crumes, Marrow has put UK in a position to land all four of the remaining four-star recruits.
For the Mississippi State game, Kentucky hosted four-star defensive end J.J. Weaver. The Louisville Moore pass-rusher watched Josh Allen wreak havoc against the Mississippi State offense. Now he has an official visit scheduled for October 20 when the Cats host Vanderbilt. It will be Weaver’s final official visit before he announces November 3. Weaver has a top six, but most believe it’s between Kentucky and Louisville. His close relationship with Crumes may help put UK over the top.
Two more four-stars were in town for Kentucky’s win over South Carolina. Wandale Robinson visited unofficially while Jared Casey used an official visit. Sources tell KSR Robinson’s visit “could not have gone any better.” The same can probably be said for Casey, who promptly announced a decision date just a few days after leaving Lexington.
Each recruit will take their final official visits this weekend. Casey will be in Madison to watch Wisconsin play Nebraska, while Robinson will be in Columbus to see Ohio State stomp Indiana. Oregon is the apparent leader for Casey, while Alabama and Ohio State duke it out for Robinson. If either decide to stay inside the Commonwealth to play college football, Kentucky is the apparent choice.
There’s also a wild card in the mix. Christian Academy of Louisville wide receiver Milton Wright is the top-ranked uncommitted prospect in the state, considered by 247 Sports as the No. 153 player in the nation. Wright has a top five featuring UK, UofL, Purdue, Alabama and Ohio State. No recruitment has been quieter than Wright’s, but the scuttlebutt around recruiting circles is that Wright is leaning toward UK. If Vince Marrow can land a commitment from Wright, it will shock the recruiting world.
At one point in time, it looked like Kentucky would be lucky to land one of the four. Now there’s a good chance Kentucky will receive commitments from three of the state’s final four uncommitted four-star recruits. Oh yeah, and they could pick up a commitment from Shawnkel Knight-Goff, the Commonwealth’s ninth-ranked player and a three-star outside linebacker that was once a Kentucky commit.
Jared Casey will announce his commitment one week from today. If he rocks Kentucky blue, it could be the first domino to fall in a spectacular in-state recruiting season finale for the Wildcats.