It’s hard to believe that signing day is right around the corner. We are only 15 days away from the biggest football recruiting day of the year. Before we ramp things up for the big event at Kentucky Sports Radio, here’s what’s been happening on the Kentucky football recruiting front.
No News on Wandale
Sorry, I don’t have any significant updates on where Wandale stands after this afternoon’s report that he may flip to Nebraska. However, it’s worth revisiting how he committed to get a better read on the situation.
To make a long story short, Robinson was promised by Nebraska’s wide receivers’ coach a chance to start in the slot. When Scott Frost got on the phone, he denied said promise. That blew up the trust in the relationship and turned Wandale to UK. Fast forward to after the season: Nebraska’s running backs coach pays Wandale an in-home visit to try to rebuild the relationship.
Wiltfong’s report said nothing may happen until after Scott Frost goes to Frankfort for an in-home visit. After the way things went down, that sounds like the appropriate final matter that must happen before Robinson’s camp can trust Nebraska again. Until that happens, Vince Marrow has time to reassure Robinson that he made the right choice the first time.
This recruiting battle is far from finished.
Wandale Robinson says he plans to enroll at UK in two weeks.
Here is what he said when asked if he's feeling the pressure from other schools to flip. pic.twitter.com/CDJxVbZBOH
— Lee K. Howard (@HowardWKYT) December 4, 2018
Jared Casey’s Upcoming Commitment
If Kentucky loses Wandale, they could still land a local four-star prospect this week. Jared Casey will announce his decision on Thursday. Vince Marrow made a last-second stop to see him before the announcement.
Visiting some very important guys in the Ville. BBN
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) December 4, 2018
There will not be a ceremony on Thursday. Casey will announce his decision on Twitter at approximately 5:00 pm. I’m willing to wager a good chunk of change that he’s picking UK.
Recruiting Week Wins
Two coaching moves should help Kentucky on the recruiting front. First and foremost, Louisville hired Scott Satterfield instead of Jeff Brohm or Neal Brown, two coaches with deep-rooted ties to the state. It will certainly help them hold on to the talented in-state class commits down the stretch.
Urban Meyer’s retirement should in theory open up things for UK in Ohio. In the immediate future that may be the case, but it could hurt Kentucky down the road. Meyer recruited prospects from all over the country. Only three current 2019 commits are from the Buckeye State. At his introductory press conference, Ryan Day said their primary focus will be on in-state talent (which could just end up being press conference fodder; time will tell).
The ultimate litmus test will be with Cavon Butler. The talented three-star defensive tackle from Toledo committed to Kentucky back in August, but the Buckeyes have been incredibly friendly as of late. He was offered at an unofficial visit to the Indiana game and officially visited for Ohio State’s win over Michigan. Still, Butler has stayed true to his commitment.
Last week Butler hosted Derrick LeBlanc and Vince Marrow for an in-home visit. An evening with Coach Stoops will likely follow. He has planned to take an official visit to Kentucky on December 15. It’s Kentucky’s biggest recruiting weekend of the year, and just before signing day. Keeping Butler in the fold is important for defensive line depth, and it may forecast future recruiting competitions between UK and Ohio State.
— Cavon Butler (@CVon01) November 30, 2018
Another Four-Star Official Visitor
Devonta Lee was the first unexpected four-star recruit to enter Kentucky’s radar down the stretch. The Louisiana wide receiver, and teammate of future UK quarterback Amani Gilmore, will officially visit December 15.
Another four-star prospect is making waves in the Big Blue Nation. Jammie Robinson, a cornerback from Leesburg, Georgia, said on Twitter earlier this week that an official visit to UK is “coming soon.” South Carolina and Georgia are the late favorites for Robinson, but Kentucky’s late push cannot be ignored.