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Quarterback Beau Allen commits Monday – Where does UK stand?


Current Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen is set to make his college decision in less than 24 hours: he’ll announce where he’s decided to spend the next four years of his football career Monday at 3:30 p.m. There’s not much time left in a recruitment that’s been ongoing for years – where does Kentucky stand now that it’s coming down to the wire?

Long story short, the Wildcats appear to be in a good spot with Allen. The 6-foot-2 quarterback has been showing UK (and some freshly-committed Cats) plenty of love on Twitter, and 24/7 Sports currently has his Crystal Ball set to 100% for the Wildcats.

Allen took an official visit last weekend, alongside two players who have since committed: four-star offensive lineman John Young and three-star defensive back Andru Phillips. Allen reposted both Young and Phillips’ commitment announcements. In the last few days, Allen has also “liked” Tweets by accounts such as The Stoops Era and Everything Kentucky Football.

As promised, John Young has also hit Allen’s social media pretty hard with pro-Kentucky Tweets. If this is what he’s doing on a public forum, imagine the texts he’s sending his friend.

When Young came on KSR following his own announcement, he promised to “bug [Allen] until he blocks my number. I’m going to be on him until his commits.”

Could Young’s final efforts be enough to seal the deal? Will the four-star quarterback be the next Kentuckian to announce a verbal commitment?

Allen also has offers from the Washington State Cougars and Neal Brown’s West Virginia Mountaineers. Allen visited the west coast the weekend before his Kentucky visit, describing his weekend with the Cougs as “really great.”

When asked about his feelings toward the University of Kentucky, Allen was very positive. Like all of UK’s recent commits, Allen cited the program’s upwards trajectory under Coach Mark Stoops. He also mentioned his close relationship with the UK staff, specifically mentioning offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw and special teams coordinator Dean Hood.

Could Allen finalize a spectacular in-state trifecta for the 2020 Wildcat squad? We’ll have to wait until Monday afternoon to be certain, but the tea leaves certainly look good for Kentucky.


Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Today on KSR: Controversy Swirls as Country House takes 145th Derby

Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

I watched the Kentucky Derby from Great American Ballpark minutes before the Reds and Giants played. My dad and I saw Maximum Security win and made our way to our seats thinking that was the end of everything. It was until I got a notification that said that Maximum Security was DQ and Country House was declared the winner.

I am the furthest thing from an expert when it comes to horse racing. Did Maximum Security “impede” the progress of another horse? I don’t even know that I would know what to look for.

To watch the stewards discuss the ruling, click the link below:

Again, I would be the first to admit that I don’t have a true understanding of the rules that go into a race. What I do know is that this will be a finish that is talked about for the next 145 Derbys.

Now onto the other news of the day:

Jalen Johnson includes Kentucky in Top Four

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One of the top juniors in the class of 2020 announced yesterday that Kentucky, along with Wisconsin, Arizona and Duke, are finalists in his recruitment.

Johnson is a 6’8 forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He told reporters last year that the hometown Badgers had a slight lead, but his recruitment was still wide open. While their games aren’t the same, if I am John Calipari, I 100% send the five-star prospect footage of Tyler Herro. Show what Kentucky can do for a kid from Wisconsin.

For more on Johnson, including his opinions on Kentucky… and Duke, click this link for a write up from KSR’s recruiting expert Jack Pilgrim.

Beau Allen talks decision


To say the last week has been good for recruiting in Kentucky would be an understatement. Tomorrow could be the cap off of a true trifecta with Lexington native Beau Allen announcing his commitment.

Allen, a four star quarterback, will make his decision between Kentucky, Washington State, West Virginia and Duke. In a recent interview with Rivals, Allen talked about what he likes about each school and his response to Kentucky is interesting. You might think the “hometown hero” card is the biggest factor, but it is something else that he likes.

To find out what that is, and his opinion on other schools, click here.

Cats visit five-star guard Daishen Nix


The recruiting didn’t end for the Kentucky coaching staff as Joel Justus was in to see Alaska native Daishen Nix. I admittedly don’t know a lot about Nix, but the minute I saw Alaska native, I knew exactly why the Cats were recruiting him. While he now plays in Las Vegas, you never know if an in-home visit could happen in Alaska and isn’t that Coach Cal’s dream to go there? I kid…

Nix is the #13 player in the class of 2020 and holds offers from most of the major west coast programs.

From yesterday’s KSR article, “Josh Gershon of 247 Sports says Nix is an ‘outstanding facilitator’ with ‘elite vision’ and ‘strong natural instincts.’

Good size for position with strong, sturdy frame. Elite vision; outstanding facilitator who is creative as a distributor. High basketball IQ with strong natural instincts for position. Improving shooter with range to perimeter although he is more efficient as he get closer to basket. Quick hands and impressive instincts on defense. Could improve as a shooter but it’s an area he’s shown progress and in general has been on a high trajectory since arriving in Nevada from Alaska prior to his freshman season. Projects as a successful college point guard with NBA upside.

This seems like a good guy to get to join Ramon Harris as Cats from Alaska.

Baseball DH at home this afternoon


If you are looking for a good way to spend your Saturday, make your way to Kentucky Proud Park where the Kentucky Baseball team will take on Arkansas in a DH beginning at 1pm.

I have heard nothing but good things about the new stadium and with the rain gone, I can’t think of a much better way to spend a Sunday.

Today on KSR: More Good Football Recruiting News?

Today on KSR: More Good Football Recruiting News?

Mark Stoops’ good weekend continued through Monday. Could it extend all the way to Tuesday?

His weekend started with Josh Allen’s top ten selection in the NFL Draft. Upon Stoops’ return to Lexington, he hosted a handful of elite recruits for official visits. Those visits resulted in not one, but two commitments. Four-star offensive lineman John Young was the first to pull the trigger. A day after Young’s decision, three-star cornerback Andru Phillips joined the Big Blue Nation. Phillips’ Monday night commitment happened just moments after a four-star defensive end included UK in his list of finalists.

Kentucky has quickly acquired a significant amount of recruiting momentum. Can the Cats turn it into more commitments? Beau Allen is awfully close to Young and Phillips, and he should be nearing a decision after officially visiting Washington State and UK. Stoops said the dice are staying hot. If Allen decides to roll them…look out.

Guess Who’s Back?

Just days after they were drafted, Josh Allen and Lonnie Johnson are already back to work in Lexington.


The Citrus Bowl Rings are Spectacular

There’s almost too much swag for one hand.

Two KDF Events on the Waterfront

Need to get in the Derby spirit? Tonight Louisville City is getting in on the celebration with a 7:00 p.m. kickoff at Louisville Slugger Field. If you prefer to win a little money, the KDF Texas Hold’em Tournament will take place on the Belle of Cincinnati. Docked at Kroger’s Fest-a-ville, for $125 you can get $10,000 worth of chips in the tournament. Registration is at 4:00, followed by a 6:00 p.m. start.

A Pair of NBA Playoff Games

  • 8:00: Boston at Milwaukee on TNT (MIL leads 1-0)
  • 10:30: Houston at Golden State on TNT (GSW leads 1-0)

Two Terrific New Podcasts

Aaron Torres is back with a vengeance, while Kentucky Thrones Radio did something a little different to recap The Long Night. T.J. Walker and I talked about the terrific Game of Thrones episode live over the Kentuckiana airwaves. If you missed it, or the extra ten minutes at the end, check it out here. If you need more, we’ll be back for another episode tomorrow night.

The Jeopardy Guy (almost) Lost

James Holzhauer’s improbable Jeopardy streak nearly came to an end last night. Adam Levin came within $18 of knocking off the man who had already won $1.275 million in 17 games. Levin’s $53,999 is the most ever earned by somebody who did not win the episode. Levin’s secret? Scouting. He was able to see Holzhauer operate before their face-off. The Boston Globe caught up with the man who gave Holzhauer a run for his money.

Get your Tickets to Meet P.J. Washington

Don’t wait till Thursday night to see Kentucky’s All-American. Come by KSBar anytime to get a free ticket that will secure your spot in line.

KSR’s Dog of the Day is… dog Wubbie. This is how she prefers to spend her day when I’m blogging away. It’s not distracting at all.

Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond and Drew Franklin will be on the air in just an hour.

Two down, one to go

The picture above was taken just two weeks ago following the Blue/White Game.

The trio returned to Lexington for official visits over the weekend. Sunday night John Young announced his commitment to Kentucky. Andru Phillips followed suit today. When will it be Beau Allen’s turn?

Young told KSR this morning, “I am gonna bug that dude until he blocks my number. I’m going to be on him until he commits.” Young is not alone.

Allen is eyeing a decision in the coming weeks. Right now the dice are pretty hot. Will Allen be ready to roll them with his friends? The clock is ticking.