We are one week removed from one of the biggest recruiting weekends in Kentucky Football history. This weekend, though there won’t be as many visitors, could be just as important a weekend for the program. Six prospects will make trips to Lexington to meet with the new coaching staff, talk football and tour the facilities. Here is a full list of prospects that you can expect to see around campus:
Ryan Timmons — Wide Receiver; 5’11â€³, 190 lbs.; Frankfort, KY
Rivals: 3-Star, #59 WR
ESPN: 4-Star, #28 WR
At this point, Timmons is Kentucky’s to lose. He recently cancelled a visit to Ohio State, the school that was viewed as Kentucky’s biggest competition for his services. New offensive coordinator Neal Brown has spent a good bulk of his time in his new position courting Timmons, which tells you how big a commitment from him would be. Although he’s been on campus a couple of times before, this will be Timmons’ official visit to Kentucky. As far as his talent, this stat should tell you all you need to know: Timmons had 101 touches on offense (not counting ST) and accounted for 2230 yards and 42 TDs (h/t Brian Eldridge). The kid is a beast.
Jeff Badet — Wide Receiver; 5’11â€³, 160 lbs.; Orlando, FL
ESPN: 3-Star, #104 WR
Badet was formerly committed to South Florida, and along with Asiantii Woulard has decided to take a look at Kentucky the 2nd time around. He chose the Bulls over Boston College and Louisville originally but has recently narrowed his new list to Kentucky, Nebraska, NC State, and Wake Forest. Badet is a playmaker that is comfortable in the spread offense, posting 110 catches for 1,621 yards and 28 TD’s over his final 2 years of high school at Freedom High in Orlando. A commitment from Badet this weekend could go a long way in landing Woulard, who is said to be leaning away from Kentucky and towards Clemson.
Marquez White — Cornerback; 6′ 1â€³, 170 lbs.; Dothan, AL
Rivals: 4-Star, #24 CB
ESPN: 4-Star, # 17 CB
White is a physical corner with great ball skills. He’s exceptional in run support and is always looking to put a vicious hit on the opposition. White has some characteristics that makes you think he could play safety at the next level but he looks very comfortable at the cornerback position. He’s currently committed to Florida State but a lot of the coaches that recruited him are no longer with the program. White tweeted this after Coach Stoops announced he was leaving Tallahassee for the Bluegrass state:
A great weekend in Lexington could ultimately flip this kid’s commitment and that would be a huge get.
Marcus McWilson— Safety; 6′ 0â€³, 195 lbs.; Youngstown, OH
Rivals: 4-Star, #16 S
ESPN: 3-Star, # 40 S
McWilson has numerous ties to Kentucky’s staff. He is from Youngstown, OH — where the Stoops family is from. He goes to Cardinal Mooney — where Mark and Bob Stoops attended high school. And finally, he is a current Nebraska commit, a place from where tight ends coach Vince Marrow is coming (Marrow is also from Youngstown and went to Mooney). All of this makes Kentucky an obvious candidate for his services and a real contender on signing day.
David Maka— OG/DT; 6′ 3â€³, 315 lbs.; Tustin, CA
Rivals: 4-Star, #13 C
ESPN: 3-Star, # 72 DT
Stoops frequently visited Tustin High School as the defensive coordinator at Arizona. That previous connection could ultimately land Maka. Maka plays both sides of the ball, but projects to defensive tackle at Kentucky. Maka is said to be leaning towards committing to the Wildcats if he has a great weekend in Lexington. He is also considering UCLA and Utah.
David Kamara— CB; 5’11â€³, 180lbs.; Loganville, GA
ESPN: 3-Star, # 81 CB
Even if Kamara isn’t bringing teammate Robert Nkemdiche with him, Kentucky is happy to have him visit. Kamara was a former Ole Miss commit but decommitted to explore other options. His film displays a corner that is always in great position, has fluid hips, and attacks the ball at its highest point. To me, he looks a little better than a 3-star prospect. Along with Kentucky, he is considering Ole Miss, Clemson and Illinois.