It’s the second straight Saturday without Kentucky football. Unfortunately, we don’t yet have any practice updates, but we can tell you what’s happening on the recruiting front.
A few highly-ranked recruits announced on Twitter yesterday that they’ll be on UK’s campus this spring. Defensive tackle Isaiah Gibson and linebacker Jared Casey, the highest-ranked recruit in the class, will enroll early for the 2019 spring semester. They won’t be the only ones. At the bare minimum, top-ranked JUCO wide receiver JaVonte Richardson will be back on campus in a month.
Richardson is on campus as we speak. This weekend he’s taking his second official visit in Lexington. A four-star recruit in high school, Richardson spent a redshirt season in Lexington before academic issues forced him to attend junior college. After one season, he’s back in the Bluegrass.
— JaVonte Richardson (@JIGGOCHO_) December 8, 2018
He’s not alone. Another JUCO talent could commit after an official visit to Lexington. Three-star prospect Kelvin Clemmons, originally from Tampa, Florida, is one of the ten best cornerbacks from the JUCO ranks.
This weekend there are only a handful of recruits taking official visits. Next weekend that number will triple in the Cats’ final recruiting showcase before signing day.
Amani Gilmore wasn’t the only future UK quarterback to win a state title on Friday. Quarterback Nik Scalzo and tight end Nik Ognenovic helped Cardinal Gibbons win the school’s first ever Florida state championship. Unfortunately, a torn ACL kept Scalzo out of the final two games of the season.
“I didn’t play tonight, but the energy in this place was insane,” Scalzo told the Florida Sun-Sentinel. “First time in school history. I can’t complain. … Life has a bunch of ups and downs. This season has been a bunch of ups and downs – to start off 0-2 and win 12 straight.”
The two Niks emotional embrace will put a smile on your face.
And look at how quickly Scalzo hopped over to give big TE Nik Ognenovic @N11KOLAS a hug.
(Think he could’ve played and scrambled well if they allow crutches on the field.) pic.twitter.com/W33NSnNAbu
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) December 7, 2018