Plenty of recruits will pack Kroger Field for Friday night’s spring game. The guest list continues to grow. While I wait to finalize it for public consumption, there are a few updates from this week’s visitors that need to be seen.
ANOTHER Elite Linemen from the Northeast?
Just before Lamar Goods committed to Kentucky, another four-star prospect from the northeast wrapped up an official visit to Kentucky. Hailing from Richland, New Jersey, Chris Mayo is the tenth-ranked offensive guard in 2020 class and the No. 250 player overall according to Rivals.
— Chris Mayo (@chris_mayo76) April 7, 2019
How much of a success was the official visit? Two days later he shrunk his list of finalists to eight. The Cats made the cut alongside Auburn, Minnesota, Arizona State, Purdue, Maryland, West Virginia and Nebraska.
Mayo told 247 Sports he left Lexington impressed. He watched his first ever horse race at Keeneland and enjoyed the “homey” atmosphere on campus.
“My relationship with Kentucky has definitely gotten better because my communication with the coaches has been great. I’ve gotten to know (Brad White) more on a more personal level. He is a really nice guy. He is really homey as a person. He knows how to make you feel welcome, which is really nice. He is the guy that offered me and it was a good time getting to know him more personally.”
Vito Tisdale talks Kentucky
The top-ranked player from the Commonwealth in the 2020 class is one of UK’s top priorities. After visiting Alabama two weeks ago, he talked to 247 Sports about his recruitment. He plans on eventually taking official visits to Alabama, Oklahoma and UK.
“They want me there,” Tisdale said of UK. “The support that they have there and the love from the fans. I mean, I’m a home-state kid, so they’re showing as much love as they can.”
Tisdale opened up about his time with the “greatest coach of all time,” Nick Saban. The Bowling Green native also revealed his family is full of Tennessee fans. His recruitment is far from over. Tisdale said he probably will not make an announcement until the All-American Game in January.
Name You Need to Know
Remember the name Torrance Davis. The three-star prospect from Cleveland is a powerful running back that took an unofficial visit to Lexington last weekend. Following the visit, Ohio’s 247 reporter Bill Bank Greene flipped his Crystal Ball pick from Michigan State to UK. Kentucky is recruiting a handful of Ohio running backs this class, but only time will tell which one decided to join the BBN.
South Florida Visitors
Prospects have been in and out of the Joe Craft Football Training Facility throughout the spring. Earlier this week a large contingency from South Florida made the trip to Lexington, headlined by three-star St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Riyad Wilmot.
— Riyad Wilmot (@riyad_wilmot) April 11, 2019
Florida Schools Pursue Richie Leonard
Two weeks ago I wrote in a similar post that a committed Kentucky offensive lineman from Florida was being heavily recruited by Florida schools. Three hours later, Gerald Mincey de-committed.
Richie Leonard is receiving similar attention from Florida State and Miami. Last October the three-star offensive guard from Cocoa became Kentucky’s first commitment in the 2020 class. He explained his status to Dave Lackford on Big X Sports Radio’s “Going Deep.”
“I’m still committed. I’m still solid,” Leonard said. “I’ll be up there this weekend for the spring game. I know a lot of fans are worried because I’m a Florida kid and I’m getting a lot of Florida offers, but I’m still committed.”
Following the trip to Lexington, he’ll make a stop in Knoxville for Tennessee’s spring game on his way back down I-75. While most can’t understand why a committed player would continue to visit other schools, Leonard gave an eloquent explanation of the recruiting phenomenon that frustrates fans.
“This is probably the only time in my life that I’ll ever get recruited like this to do something. I think it’s important to be able to enjoy the recruiting process that you’ve worked hard enough and been blessed to put in that situation.”
The interview with Leonard begins around the 34:55 mark, but if you tune in early, you’ll hear Vince Marrow talk about Jared Casey’s recruitment and much more.