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2020 four-star wide receiver decommits from Michigan following Kentucky visit

2020 four-star wide receiver decommits from Michigan following Kentucky visit

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At least one big-name prospect enjoyed himself at Kentucky’s Spring Game on Friday. In fact, he liked his time in Lexington so much that he decided to re-open his recruitment right after he left.

This afternoon, 2020 four-star wide receiver and Kentucky target Kalil Branham decommitted from the University of Michigan.

Branham, a 6-foot-1 receiver out of Columbus, OH, is considered the No. 266 prospect overall and the No. 64 receiver in the class of 2020 according to 247 Sports. He currently holds offers from Michigan, Cincinnati, and Boston College, among others.

After Branham’s visit to Lexington, Kentucky received three consecutive picks on his Crystal Ball, including one from national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu (91% all-time accuracy).

Watch him work:

It looks like Branham will be a Wildcat sooner rather than later.

Come on down.


Recruiting Visitors for Kentucky’s 2019 Blue/White Game

When the Cats suit up for tonight’s Blue/White Game, there will be plenty of prospective football players in the stands.

Dozens of recruits will be on campus to tour the facilities and catch a first glimpse of Mark Stoops’ 2019 Kentucky Wildcats. Jared Casey, Moses Douglass and Brandin Echols are a few members of the ’19 recruiting class that will be making plays on the field. Those who could not enroll early — like Nik Scalzo, Nik Ognenovic and J.J. Weaver — are expected to be in the stands tonight.

The primary focus for Vince Marrow and Co. is on the 2020 recruits.  The biggest names on the board are from Kentucky: four-star offensive tackle John Young and four-star quarterback Beau Allen. Offensive tackle commit Richie Leonard will also be in the building, making the long trip from Florida for the game.

A couple of athletes from the great state of Ohio will be traveling down I-75 South. Chris Scott from Pickerington, Ohio is a three-star prospect who’s also being recruited by Pitt, Cincinnati and Ohio State. Another Pickerington prospect, defensive tackle Abraham Alabi, will be visiting as well. To round out the top Ohio prospects, Chris Oats’ former Winton Woods teammate, three-star cornerback Miquan Grace, will make the trip to UK.

Instead of sticking in Ohio, plenty of the 2020 recruits are visiting from the South.

Three-Star cornerback Andru Phillips will be making the trip from Mauldin, South Carolina. 6’5″ 290-pound offensive guard Ta’Chawn Brooks is coming to Lexington from Irmo, South Carolina. Three-star outside linebacker DeMarkus Cunningham hails from Bessemer, Alabama. Aaron Moore from Mufreesboro, Tennessee is ranked as the No. 41 outside linebacker in the country according to Rivals.

Many of the visitors on campus today are underclassmen, including some of the best the Bluegrass has to offer.

Only a week after Trayveon Longmire received a scholarship offer from Kentucky, the Corbin athlete will return to Lexington for another unofficial visit. Since the rising sophomore’s last visit, Longmire picked up an offer from Scott Satterfield.

A pair of rising juniors are considered the Commonwealth’s top two players in their class. Frederick Douglass wide receiver Dekel Crowdus is the No. 1 player in the state, ranked No. 278 overall by 247 Sports. His teammate, offensive guard Jager Burton, is not far behind him at No. 289 overall. Considered one of the ten best at his position right now, multiple college coaches have told me Burton will be in the NFL after three years of college football. When you see how well the 6’4″ 270-pounder moves, you’ll understand why.

Terian Williams II starred as a freshman dual-threat quarterback, but he’ll likely end up playing cornerback at the next level. He already holds offers from Tennessee and Kentucky. Rising junior Reid Carrico is an outside linebacker/running back from Ironton, Ohio, ranked No. 193 overall in the 2021 recruiting class.

If you thought that was a lengthy list, it is far from complete. Many more will make surprise appearances. We’ll provide a complete recap of the recruiting weekend that was at its conclusion.


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Kentucky Offers Corbin Running Back

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Kentucky football coaches hosted one of Eastern Kentucky’s brightest young stars for a spring practice visit. The rising sophomore left Lexington with a scholarship offer.

As a freshman, running back Treyveon Longmire helped take Corbin to the 3A State Championship game. Longmire caught a 59-yard touchdown pass in the one-point loss to Central at Kroger Field. The home run hitter also scored on special teams and played defense for the Redhounds.

Before receiving the offer from Kentucky, Longmire spent time with Terry Wilson and the Cats’ biggest playmaker, Lynn Bowden.

Kentucky is just the second school to extend a scholarship offer to Longmire. Western Michigan first made a move in early March. The Cats are making Corbin’s future superstar an early priority.


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FB Recruiting Update: UK Hosts Elite Running Back

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As spring football heats up, more and more recruits are visiting Kentucky’s campus.

Tuesday morning the Cats had company from Ohio.  Three-star Cincinnati running back Miyan Williams made the trip down I-75 to watch spring practice and see UK’s facilities.

A powerful 2020 running back that also holds an offer from Michigan, Williams attends Winton Woods High School, Mike Edwards and Chris Oats’ alma mater.  In one playoff game last fall, Williams rushed for 430 yards and six touchdowns to lead his team to a come-from-behind victory.

Williams was not the only recruit on campus this week.  Jonesborough, Tennessee athlete Prince Kollie was one of a few underclassmen that saw the facility.

About a dozen or so underclassmen have announced offers since UK hosted a slew of recruits for the first spring scrimmage last Saturday.  All of them received an added bonus on their visits last week with the departing senior class still in town for UK Pro Day.  At each spring practice you’ll find at least a handful of recruits on the sidelines.  The spring tour season also applies to UK targets visiting elsewhere.

Michael Drennen is Heating Up

One of UK’s other top running back targets is Michael Drennen.  While Williams brings the power, this Ohio running back excels in space.  The rising senior from Dublin Coffman can run out of the backfield or catch passes out of the slot.  This week the four-star recruit picked up offers from Ole Miss, Florida and Alabama, making life difficult for the Cats.

Florida Slides in on UK Commit

One of Kentucky’s early commits in the 2020 class is catching the eye of all the big dogs.  Between March 16-26, offensive tackle Gerald Mincey received offers from Florida’s big three: Florida State, Miami and Florida.  A teammate of Nik Scalzo at Cardinal Gibbons in Ft. Lauderdale, things change for Florida kids when the big dogs get involved.

And then, there’s this:

It’s never good to see the top-ranked player in the Commonwealth hanging out with Nick Saban.

Kind of a Big Deal

I wouldn’t leave you with bad news. One of the best players in America, Justin Rogers, is rocking UK swag to school.  That’s good for something, right?


Three-star athlete Jim Davis commits to Kentucky (or maybe not?)

Three-star athlete Jim Davis commits to Kentucky (or maybe not?)

How about a Yahtzee to get the morning rolling? 2020 three-star athlete Jim Davis just committed to Kentucky. The Belle Glade, Florida native also had an offer from Syracuse.

247 Sports ranks Davis the 172nd best wide receiver in the country. Nick Roush will be by with more on him in just a bit.

UPDATE (11:35 am)

Davis deleted his commitment Tweet and posted this a few minutes later:

Football recruiting is weird.


Former UK Recruit L’Christian "Blue" Smith is Back on the Market

One of UK’s top recruits in the 2018 recruiting class is looking for a new home.

L’Christian “Blue” Smith initially picked to attend Ohio State over Kentucky.  After one redshirt season in Columbus, the former four-star prospect is reportedly set to transfer at the end of the spring semester.

A 6’6″ outside receiver, Rivals ranked him as America’s No. 39 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class.  Hailing from Wayne High School in Dayton, Ohio, the Cats currently have another 6’6″ wide receiver from Wayne on the roster, Ahmad Wagner.  The two helped lead Wayne to the Ohio Division I state championship game in 2015, the state’s largest class for high school football.

Kentucky lost a few players off the roster and did not sign a complete recruiting class in February, leaving a few scholarships available for additions at the end of the spring semester.  Most believed UK would hit the grad transfer market to find a wide receiver or two. Now the Cats have another incredibly talented option, Blue Smith.