Thursday evening Jordan Watkins announced he reopened his recruitment. Losing a wide receiver from Louisville, likely to UofL, certainly dampened the spirits of the Big Blue Nation. They may not be down for long.
One of Kentucky’s top remaining targets in the 2020 recruiting class is Michael Drennen II. Hailing from Gunnar Hoak’s alma mater, Dublin Coffman High School (Oh.), Drennen is ranked by Rivals as the No. 6 all-purpose back in America and No. 159 player overall. An incredibly fast running back that also makes plays as a slot receiver, Drennen has offers from Ohio State, Alabama, USC and every other top-ranked college football program in America.
Even though he lives in Ohio State’s backyard, Kentucky is the favorite to land the four-star prospect with 73 percent of the 247 Crystal Ball picks currently in the Cats’ favor. Drennen officially visited UK for the Florida game and left impressed.
“It felt different probably because my momma was there and she had never been on a visit with me. I just wanted to see her reaction, and she loved it. I really couldn’t ask for much more. The crowd was pretty big, the atmosphere was crazy and there was a lot of fans there,” he told Rivals’ Josh Helmholdt.
“Out of all my teams, it feels like they show me the most love. Their offense really fits me. They told me they want me to play a Lynn Bowden (role) – that versatile running back/slot type.”
Recruited by Vince Marrow, if Drennen does in fact pick UK, he would be the highest-ranked skill player to commit to the Cats since Bowden. Earlier this week, Marrow alluded to a few high-profile silent commits. My gut tells me one of those silent commits is Drennen.