If Beau Allen contributes as much for Kentucky on the field as he has already off the field, the future of the program is bright.
This weekend 2020 commits Justin Rogers and Earnest Sanders made the trip from Michigan to Lexington. Since it was an unofficial visit, they had to find a place to stay. Instead of shacking up at a hotel, the Allen family opened their doors to Beau’s future teammates. Throw the rankings out the door. The brightest star is Georgie the Bulldog.
He’s so flipping tiny! How can you not love this guy?
In almost every football recruiting class, there’s a guy who commits early that tries to recruit others to join him. Often times that is the quarterback. In this rare instance, the guy is a quarterback who also lives right down the road from the school. Whenever high-profile players visit UK, Allen can make the short drive to campus. If one of the guys needs a place to stay, the Allens can take care of them.
Throw out the recruiting ramifications for just a moment. Remember when you were in high school? The two most exciting things on your calendar were taking a road trip and staying the night at a friend’s house. Those experiences take relationships to another level by creating lasting bonds.
Each and every single one of the kids that has committed to Kentucky in the 2020 class has talked about how it “felt like family” at UK. That’s not by accident. Sure, the coaches and current players all treat them well while they’re on campus, but that happens everywhere. In UK’s 2020 class they have already developed friendships with their future teammates, relationships that will only continue to grow each and every time one makes a weekend trip to Lexington.
Hear from Beau
The gun-slinger loosened up his arm by throwing some foosball with
Uncle Rico LEX-18’s Charlie Walter.
Caught up with Beau Allen for the first time since he decided he will stay home and play for Kentucky. We talked his recruitment and how the program that he's been cheering for his whole life has changed . pic.twitter.com/O5MCqvJ9DH
— Charlie Walter (@CharlieWalterTV) July 28, 2019
Playing the Waiting Game with Rickey Hyatt Jr.
Many folks believed Kentucky could convince the three-star safety to commit to UK during an unofficial visit to Lexington this weekend. That’s much easier said than done.
Throughout Benny Snell’s career, he talked about how getting spurned by Ohio State fueled him to be great. Hyatt Jr. has not had that same problem at Westerville Central High. Hyatt holds an offer from the Buckeyes. Vince Marrow has won his fair share of recruiting battles against Ohio State, but it took a lot of energy and effort over an extended amount of time. Hyatt may not wait until just before NSD like Chris Oats and Lynn Bowden, but I would not be surprised if we’re still having this conversation three months from now.
Michael Drennen Visits Florida Schools
This weekend one of the highest-ranked players still on UK’s board paid visits to a pair of Florida schools. It started Friday night in Gainesville where the four-star athlete from Dublin, Oh. worked out in front of Dan Mullen’s coaching staff.
“I like everything, I like the facilities,” Drennen told Gator Country. “I like how everyone here makes you feel like you belong here, they make you feel like a family. Their pitch to me was pretty good.”
In that interview, Tennessee and Kentucky were the first two schools mentioned aside from Florida. He plans on officially visiting all three, along with Arizona State and possibly LSU. Before leaving the Sunshine State, he made his way down the panhandle to Florida State. The Seminoles did not initially make Drennen’s top ten. Maybe he’s reconsidering the Seminoles?
Florida’s Finest???? pic.twitter.com/s6uWpA5UQK
— Mike Drennen II (@UhhMyNameDonut) July 28, 2019
Two Names from UK Football Camp Commit Elsewhere
Morven Joseph, a three-star defensive end from Florida, camped with his teammates in Lexington earlier this summer and gave a few positive reviews of his experience. On the same night Richie Leonard committed to Florida, Joseph backed of his pledge to the Gators. Even though I hoped it was to achieve some sort of revenge on Dan Mullen on behalf of the Cats, it turns out he was more of a Seminole. Sunday afternoon Joseph committed to Florida State.
A few days earlier, Pikeville product Jackson Hensley committed to Harvard. The incredibly fast wide receiver was one of the better campers in Lexington all summer, but it wasn’t enough to earn an offer from UK. Even so, Hensley is setup to succeed by taking his talents to the Ivy League.
Changes Coming to UK’s Weight Room
Even though it’s practically brand new, they’re tearing up the floor before players report for training camp.