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Profiling the top football recruits visiting campus

Asiantii Woulard, come on down

The Kentucky football staff has a busy few weeks ahead of them. Today, they are entertaining Ben Bradley, a top JuCo defensive tackle who will announce his decision on Monday. Next weekend may be the most important weekend in Kentucky football history, with nine 4- and 3-star recruits on campus, including Asiantii Woulard and Ra’Shaad Samples.

Let’s take a look at each recruit coming in over the next few weeks and the chances they become a Cat:


Ben BradleyDefensive Tackle; 6’2″, 315 lbs.; Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kansas; @IamAmbition98
Former Tennessee commit
Rivals: 4-star
ESPN: 3-star

Bradley decommitted from Tennessee last week and is now considering the Cats, along with Auburn, Missouri, and Nebraska. Bradley will also visit Auburn this weekend and will announce on Monday so he can immediately enroll in classes.

January 11

Asianti WoulardDual-Threat QB; 6’3″, 205 lbs.; Winter Park, Florida; @Asiantii_2
Former USF commit
Rivals: 4-Star, #4 Dual-Threat QB, #120 overall
ESPN: 4-Star, #1 Dual-Threat QB, #146 overall

Woulard’s courtship by the Wildcats has picked up over the last couple of weeks after he sent a tape to Coach Stoops and staff following his decommitment. Based on the news coming out of his camp lately, there is definitely a mutual interest between the two sides. His dad told reporters last week that if his visit to UK goes well, a commitment may come soon after. Woulard has been impressive in his two years as a QB and won the MVP of the Elite 11 QB Camp after being the 24th QB selected. Look no further than Johnny Football at Texas A&M to see how well a mobile quarterback can work in the Air Raid offense. Woulard’s commitment would be absolutely huge for the Cats.

Jason HatcherDefensive End; 6’2″, 240 lbs.; Louisville, Kentucky; @ROCK_NATION_6
Current USC Commit (recruited by Tee Martin)
Rivals: 4-star, #7 DE, #215 overall
ESPN: 4-star, @15 DE, #182 overall

Hatcher is a powerful, bull-rushing DE that would be great in the Wildcats’ defensive end rotation. Stoops and company can sell Hatcher on the past success of Stoops’ pass rushers and also the idea that he would be immediately offered playing time. Prying Hatcher from USC will be a long shot, but even getting a visit from the top DE bodes well for the Kentucky-Trinity pipeline.

Ra’Shaad SamplesWide Receiver; 6’0″, 170 lbs.; Texas; @10justscored
Current Oklahoma State commit
Rivals: 4-Star, #35 WR
ESPN: 4-Star, #25 WR, #197 overall

After Woulard, Samples is definitely the biggest recruiting name on this list. He is currently committed to Oklahoma State, but has said in the past that Neal Brown, who recruited Samples at Texas Tech, was the coach who he felt the best connection with, which has caused him to give the Wildcats a look before National Signing Day. On Twitter, Ra’Shaad has definitely felt the love from the Big Blue Nation, tweeting his thanks for their support almost daily. Samples may be a slight longshot for the ‘Cats given his commitment to another Air Raid offense in Oklahoma State, but Brown’s relationship with him gives UK a chance. He said it himself, he want UK fans to make next weekend a “memorable” one for him.

Blake McClainCornerback; 5’11”, 181 lbs.; Winter Park, Florida
Current Kentucky commit
Rivals: 3-star, #63 CB
ESPN: 3-star, #64 CB

Despite committing to Kentucky on June 27th, McClain visited Pitt on December 7th because of the Cats’ coaching change. McClain cited his family’s relationship with Joker Phillips as a primary reason for his commitment, so hopefully Stoops and company can make a good impression next weekend. The same goes for his talented 4-star teammate Asiantii Woulard, who he’s bringing with him.

Janarion GrantWide Receiver; 5’9″, 165 lbs.; Dade City, Florida
Rivals: 3-star, #60 WR
ESPN: 3-star, #109 WR

Elite Scouting Services President Charles Fishbein recently said this of Grant: “Janarion Grant is a stud, just flat out explosive. He’s basically your version of Timmy Brown. He’s about 5-10, very explosive and can score from anywhere on the field. Anybody you talk to from that area will tell you he’s a big-time football player. I think he can play running back, slot receiver, special teams, help out on punt and kick returns. The kid is one of the best players that no one really talks about down here.”

Why is Kentucky involved? Chad Scott, who Neal Brown brought with him from Texas Tech. Scott had been recruiting Grant for the Red Raiders. Fun fact: Grant says he likes to fish but doesn’t “mess around with sharks.”

Jojo KempAll-Purpose Back; 5’11”, 185 lbs.; DeLand, Florida; @J_Kemp4
Former USF commit
Rivals: 3-star, #10 APB
ESPN: 4-star, #30 RB

Kemp was interested in the Cats before the coaching change, and has said the Cats have “been on me since Day 1.” He’s a dynamic athlete with the potential to play a variety of positions, and catches the ball very well out of the backfield. Kemp visited Pitt on December 7th. ESPN college football recruiting analyst Corey Long says he thinks the Cats are in the mix for him, along with Asiantii Woulard.

Aregeros TurnerAll-Purpose Back; 5’11”, 180 lbs.; Akron, Ohio; @GOD2Ghosts
Former Cincinnati commit
Rivals: 3-star, #11 APB
ESPN: 3-star, #119 RB

Vince Marrow has been a busy man since joining Stoops’ staff. One of his first visits was to Aregeros Turner, who decommitted from the Bearcats after Butch Jones left for Tennessee. Turner liked what Marrow had to say so much that he’s coming to visit.

Kyle MeadowsOffensive Tackle; 6’5″, 275 lbs.; West Chester, Ohio;
Rivals: 3-star, #45 OT
ESPN: 3-star, #42 OT

Meadows visited Louisville on December 14th Oklahoma on November 9th, and has also set up a visit to West Virginia on the 18th. Stoops and company reportedly covet Meadows, but worry grades will be an issue. Teams that have offered him include: Louisville, West Virginia, Akron, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Marshall, North Carolina State, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Purdue, and Toledo.

Antoine MilesDefensive End; 6’3″, 250 lbs.; Canton, Ohio, @Capt_Situation
Former Nebraska commit
Rivals: 3-star
ESPN: 3-star, #54 DE

Miles was recruited at Nebraska by Vince Marrow and has opened his recruitment back up since Marrow joined Stoops’ staff. His relationship with Marrow makes a commitment to the Cats next weekend a legit possibility, and even a lock according to some analysts. He also has a visit to Purdue lined up for January 18th.

Jaranta LewisQB/ATH; 6’0″, 177 lbs.; Weston, Florida

Lewis has not been ranked by any recruiting services, but is a talented dual-threat quarterback known for his quickness, arm strength and accuracy. He led his team to a state championship this past season.

We’re not done yet. Here’s a list of recruits visiting campus on January 18th, profiles of which Will Totten will have for you tomorrow:

Stafon McCray – 3-star RB who lists the Cats as his leader
Javess Blue – 3-star JuCo WR formerly committed to Texas Tech (#NealBrownEffect)
Jeff Badet – 3-star WR formerly committed to USF
Marquex Valdes – 3-star WR
DeAngelo Yancey – 3-star WR currently committed to Kentucky
Nate Willis – 3-star JuCo CB- Arizona
Raphael Cox – 2-star JuCo DT
Jarran Reed – 4-star JuCo DT

Get ’em, Stoops!

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

34 Comments for Profiling the top football recruits visiting campus

  1. Chad
    1:09 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink


  2. FrigFullofBeer
    1:13 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for posting this nice work Mrs. T.T. Hopefully Stoops and Company can land acouple of these guys

  3. What about me boo?
    1:14 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink


  4. @cardfolife
    1:16 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Who is @cardfolife on twitter???

    The man is a maniac! The Harrison twins destroyed him on twitter

  5. jsmith4415
    1:18 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    How’d you find out about these visitors?

  6. Woulard
    1:28 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Why isn’t Woulard’s offer list more impressive. I generally take that as more of a clear indicator of a recruits rating over the services. Many times 3-stars will have a Who’s Who of the major players on their offer sheet and often 4 stars will have sheets like Woulard’s. Obviously he is an amazing talent and I am begging for him to come be CAT, but just making an observation.

  7. Spenser
    1:28 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Incredible job Mrs. T.T. If Hatcher were to stay at home, as opposed to going to USC, him and Za’darius Smith would give UK one of the best defensive end duos in the country.

  8. Woods
    1:34 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    @6&9 both of you can step off. If you all don’t like the way news is being reported around here then don’t come back. This site does a fantastic job of presenting information to a fan base that hungers for every little of news they can get.

  9. Woods
    1:36 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Disregard that last comment haha

  10. WOW
    1:38 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares where KSR gets info? People who claim KSR is “stealing” info are laughable at best. If you don’t like this site then dont visit this site. Thanks for the info Mrs. TT/KSR.

  11. UKfannnnn
    1:39 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Still a bunch of 3 star players. Won’t beat the elite with those.

  12. Num1Wildcat Fan
    1:44 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Why did we never see a post like this when Joker was in charge?!? Love these posts!! Now, we need some posts saying “I’m going to Kentucky!!!”

  13. my 5 cents
    1:48 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    1. I like this post and I don’t know if it is borrowed or not.
    2. I am excited about the upcoming football years!
    3. KSR took a huge hit when Beisner left.
    4. The live blogs are right up there with the sports huddle with Chris Cross and Mikey!
    5. The site is free and I come here every day! Yay free!

  14. DACats86
    1:51 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Great article. Love the newfound attention that KSR is giving football. Also, the “one-upmanship” between sites as to “who’s first” is laughable. Seems silly to me to pay for information that will be available freely within 5 to 10 minutes, at the most…

  15. g-unit
    1:53 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    6- Here are the reasons you ask for

    1- Woulard has only been playing QB for 2 years
    2- He committed to South Florida very early on so teams stopped pursuing him
    3- He broke his ankle the last game of the season. some ppl are very skeptical, including UK who HAS YET TO OFFER HIM. Alot of ppl dont know his status with his injury, thats the main deal.

  16. g-unit
    1:54 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    btw great job TT! who gives a rats ass where you got the info from, bottom line is you got it. Why reinvent the wheel if its already out there?

  17. will
    1:56 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    6, wouldard’s offer list isn’t more “impressive” due to two reasons, i think. he committed to South Florida very early and typically when that happens a player gets fewer offers (Jacob Hyde is a good example of this). coaches stop calling and instead prioritize their time with uncommitted prospects. committed players also stop going to combines and camps which is how most players get personally evaluated by coaching staffs and get extended offers. two, he didn’t blow up until his performance at Elite 11 and only recently decommitted from USF.

  18. will
    1:58 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    17, i had heard woulard had broken his ankle too, but he’s been very adamant on twitter that he actually didn’t break it for whatever that’s worth.

  19. sanchise
    2:01 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

  20. G-Unit
    2:20 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    22- Yeah I saw that, dono what is going on though

  21. Snowcats86
    2:27 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    I think this was the list I posted this morning in the wildcat lair on rivals under the title A lot of Talent Visiting Campus. I don’t mind at all if u copied it. I’m actually honored. I have been reading KSR since I was a sophomore at UK and I still read it every day. I love my alma mater and especially following recruiting. I’m glad I was able to help you guys out in getting this information out there. Hopefully the fans will make all these recruits feel like home when they visit. This will be a huge month for UK football! Go CATS!

  22. MustangCat
    2:27 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    I am STOOPED about football!!! He’s throwing the nets out there, and I believe he’s gonna catch some BIG fish!! We been bank fishin with a cane pole round here, and the results speak for themselves. Oh, for all you “3-star” pessimists out there. The difference in them is in are they a low, mid, or high 3-star?! It may all sound the same, but if we said our “3-star” guy is rated the #250 player, and their “3-star” is rated the #175 player, betcha we’d take note of it.

  23. soggyUKgrad
    2:36 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t care where the info comes from. it could come from CatsPause, Rivals, Scout, ESPN….KSR scours the Internet for UK info so I don’t have to. KSR is one-stop shopping…and it’s FREE….also, nowhere in this post do I see Mrs. TT claiming this info is “original” or “first”.

  24. jonathan
    2:40 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    if anyone has twitter, why not give @IamAmbition98 a follow. It’s Ben Bradley, he’s on campus today and will decide Monday, I figure BBN might be able to help persuade him. He’s got about 1,500 followers, let’s make something happen, he would be a huge get!

  25. Bubba Earl
    2:44 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    After the debacle that calls itself USC, last week was an absolute classless move on Lane Kiffen’s part as to not showing up for the banquet before their bowl game. The idiot is on his way out, and you would hope that Hatcher could see the light as to the tastless program that is USC.

  26. Word
    2:48 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    In my opinion, Hatcher will end up at UofL and not USC or UK.

  27. JustSayin
    2:59 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Met Blake McClain’s dad in Buffalo Wild Wings the other night in Casselberry during the UK-Eastern Michigan game. His dad acted like the commit was solid and he talked about how much they liked UK. Really nice guy and I’m sure his son is the same.

  28. drewsster02
    3:07 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    I am tired of all the people downing 3-star athletes in football. But it goes to show you how little people understand about football recruiting. Take for instance Kemp and Turner who are both 3* running backs. However, they are considered the 10th and 11th best all-purpose backs in the country. Again, star quality doesn’t mean as much as the teams who are also recruiting them.

  29. G-Unit
    3:43 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Bubba Earl – That is completely false. CBS and Verne Lindquist sp? painted that into something it wasnt… they were not no-shows, they showed up late because they had 2 long flight delays. They were not skipping. However, LK didnt notify anyone so I will say that was bad on his part but they did not intentionally skip it.

  30. So excited
    3:49 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    I’m so pumped about STOOOOOPS football!


  31. Ukman
    4:31 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    James quick is visiting the 11th also

  32. DJDJ23
    4:32 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Randall Cobb was barely a 2* recruit…just saying

  33. Finally
    5:25 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Thank you. I’ve been begging and posting lists of recruits trying to entice this kind of post all week. These should be a more common occurrence. Its very much appreciated.

  34. jsyukfan
    8:37 am January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Football talk in January?? Just sayin. BBN is strong. Stars by a name not always a true measure. Thanks KSR!!!!