The summer football recruiting season is getting off to a hot start at the University of Kentucky. This weekend hundreds will gather at Kroger Field to camp with the Cats and tour the Joe Craft Football Training Center.
Tracking every prospect is almost impossible, however, there are a few names that you should know. Kentucky is hosting five official visitors, and a few could pull the trigger and commit before the weekend concludes.
A three-star tight end, Ognenovic (Og-nin-O-vich) catches passes from Nik Scalzo at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A 6’6″ 240-pound prospect, Ognenovic is agile for his size. He primarily lines up in the slot as a wide receiver, rather than in a three-point stance as a traditional tight end.
Already feeling the love in Lexington ???
— Nikolas Ognenovic (@N11KOLAS) June 8, 2018
Ognenovic is familiar with Kentucky’s campus. He attended a UK Junior Day and made the trip to the Cats’ spring game with Scalzo, who will accompany him this weekend too. Kentucky will try to close the deal on a commitment. If Kentucky plays their cards right, Ognenovic will roll the dice and cancel next week’s official visit to Pitt, UK’s toughest competition.
After losing a commitment from a four-star cornerback from South Florida, Kentucky is on the verge of landing another four-star cornerback from South Florida.
Considered the No. 208 prospect in America by the 247 Sports Composite, UK is going up against the big dogs for Jaden Davis — Miami, Florida, Penn State and Oklahoma. Hailing from perennial powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, a commitment from Davis would not only make waves around the region, but within his team. It might not happen this weekend, but the visit should get UK one step closer to landing the elite athlete.
Davis’ teammate at St. Thomas Aquinas, the defensive end is a four-star, Top 300 prospect. Like Davis, his offer sheet is extensive. Kentucky is fighting off Florida, Miami, Oklahoma, Clemson and Alabama to land Ingraham.
Before he transferred to Thomas Aquinas for his final season, Ingraham played at Dillard High School, the home of Kentucky Wildcats Jordan Wright, Stanley Garner and Bryce Oliver. Winning this recruiting battle will be no easy task, but Eddie Gran’s South Florida connections and Kentucky’s reputation with pass rushers could put the Cats over the top.
This pass-rusher is from the other end of the country. Hailing from River Rouge, Michigan, Orhorhoro is down to four schools: Michigan, Clemson, Indiana and Kentucky. The Cats get the chance to make the best first impression before the three-star defensive end visits Clemson and Indiana next week. Michigan-native DeAndre Square could play a big part in his decision, which will happen in late June or early July.
A 6’6″ 275-pound three-star offensive tackle, Miller is from an area you don’t see Kentucky recruit often: Charlotte, North Carolina. A territory Dean Hood is familiar with, the Cats are competing with Arkansas, North Carolina, N.C. State and a slew of ACC schools for his service.
Nik Scalzo — The UK commit will join his tight end, Ognenovic, as he takes an official visit. Like most commits, Scalzo will probably not participate in camp drills. Once players have made their pledge to UK, they use the camp weekends to build camaraderie with current players and recruit others to join the cause.
Jared Casey — Last week the newly-minted four-star linebacker from Louisville Ballard visited Kentucky’s campus for the first time. Casey was convinced to return just seven days later to shadow a player during the Cats’ massive recruiting weekend.
Moses Douglass — The highest-ranked commit in Kentucky’s 2018 recruiting class, the four-star safety is the No. 259 player overall according to 247 Sports. The son of former Wildcat and Chicago Bear, Maurice Douglass, Moses will be a frequent flyer to Lexington throughout the summer.
Josh DeBerry — UK was the three-star Michigan cornerback’s first scholarship offer.
Kaleb Boateng — The three-star Ft. Lauderdale offensive tackle has almost 40 scholarship offers. A 6’4″ 300-pounder, Boateng will be one of many from Ft. Lauderdale High School camping at UK as his head coach leads a group on a tour of schools throughout the South.
There will be a ton of underclassmen on campus; here’s a small sample that shows kids are coming from Florida to Michigan to camp with the Cats.
Colby Dempsey — A rising junior cornerback, Dempsey hails from Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the same school where Eddie Gran found redshirt freshman cornerback Cedrick Dort.
Kyle Arnoldi — One of many from Michigan who will make the trip down I-75, Arnoldi is a 2020 offensive guard.
James Davis — The 5’11” junior wide receiver from South Florida already has a scholarship offer from Kentucky.