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Observations on Three Wide Receivers at Kentucky Football Camp


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Entering the first showcase camp at the University of Kentucky, three talented wide receivers had something to prove. Here’s what KSR saw from the trio at Kroger Field.

1. Jordan Watkins

Arguably the fastest player in the state of Kentucky, Watkins made his case Friday night. A three-star wide receiver from Louisville Butler, he left inferior competition in the dust, however, he rarely faced lesser opponents.

It did not take long for the one-on-one portion of the camp to turn into a battle between Watkins and Andru Phillips. The UK commit had the speed to keep up with Watkins, along with physicality Watkins rarely sees. Early on, Phillips had the upper hand.

That all changed during the second portion of one-on-ones. Typically, young athletes that are as fast as Watkins struggle to get in and out of breaks. He used hard, one-step cuts to break free on a few occasions. In the following highlight, their feet got tangled up, knocking Phillips off the route. Watkins rarely had it that easy, yet he found ways to finish plays.

Watkins left camp with an official visit scheduled for later this month and the respect from his competitor.

2. Dominick Watt

The junior college wide receiver signed with Nebraska in the 2018 recruiting cycle. You could easily tell Watt had a couple years on his competition. He used the physicality to his advantage. In short routes, Watt created a large catch radius, making it easy for quarterbacks to hit their target.

The ultimate question surrounding Watt is his top end speed. His 40-yard dash did not blow anybody away. In one-on-ones, he was able to break free on more than a few occasions, but every time he made a great play, the quarterback made a bad throw. A possession receiver, Watt used his body well to shield the cornerback, providing a small window to drop the ball in the bucket. He just needed somebody to put it on the money.

3. Jackson Hensley

The Pikeville wide receiver has wowed coaches by posting incredible numbers at previous camps. Friday night was no exception, clocking in the 4.4-range in the 40-yard dash. That speed translated into individual drills. He connected with Beau Allen on multiple deep balls (just not the following highlight).

Hensley is an exceptional athlete with SEC speed, still, I’m not sure what Kentucky will do. He has plenty of top end speed, but he is not incredibly explosive in and out of breaks. Four years ago, he would’ve been a “must get” in-state prospect. The Cats would have overlooked questions about his agility, but this is a new era of Kentucky football. We’ll have to wait and see if UK pulls the trigger and extends the Eastern Kentuckian a scholarship offer.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR