Football Recruiting News
We now know when Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen will announce his college decision.
According to PrepSpin, a high school broadcasting network here in Kentucky, Allen will hold a press conference next Monday, May 6, at 3:30 pm from his high school. PrepSpin will have a live stream of the event, which we will carry for you here on KSR.
Allen is expected to pick Kentucky for his college football career, but he is also high on Mike Leach’s offense at Washington State and Neal Brown’s at West Virginia.
We’ll learn which program he decides Monday afternoon.
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.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) April 29, 2019
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…
..my 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.
By Drew Franklin on ©April 29th, 2019 @ 11:00pm
Editor’s Note: Phillips announced this evening he will be a Kentucky Wildcat. Originally posted prior to the announcement, let Drew Franklin get you acquainted with UK’s third commitment in the 2020 recruiting class.
With Andru Phillips set to announce his decision later today, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the three-star cornerback out of South Carolina, who we hope will soon commit to the Cats over the Cards and Vols.
He grew up in Kentucky.
First and foremost, Phillips is a Kentuckian at heart. His recruiting bio may read Mauldin, South Carolina, but he grew up in the Louisville area, until his dad’s job moved the family away from the Bluegrass a few years ago.
He is one of John Young’s close friends.
Young, the offensive lineman who committed to Kentucky over the weekend, told KSR, “I was childhood friends with him growing up… He’s a guy I think would love to come back home.”
His dad, Carlos Phillips, played at Kentucky in the 1980s.
Phillips is a legacy recruit, meaning he won’t be the first from his family to play at UK if he decides to go that route. His father, Carlos Phillips, played linebacker for Jerry Claiborne in the late 1980s, after competing in the high school AAAA state championship with Owensboro.
His old brother, CJ Phillips, was a star at Morehead State.
Carlos Junior Phillips, Andru’s older brother, started every eligible game of his career, 46 consecutive games, on Morehead State’s offensive line from 2013-16, and was named Second-Team All-PFL in his senior season.
He is also a track and field star at Mauldin.
This past weekend, Phillips came in second in both the long jump and the 100-meter at a regional meet in South Carolina.
He has several football offers.
Phillips lists Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and NC State as his finalists, but he also holds offers from the likes of West Virginia, Wake Forest and Syracuse, among others. Michigan State, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Virginia also showed interest.
He picked up his UK offer last summer.
— dru (@AndruPhillips) June 12, 2018
He was at the Blue-White game.
Phillips visited Kentucky for the spring game earlier this month, along with childhood friend Young and UK quarterback target Beau Allen.
He was also in town for the South Carolina game last season and again this past weekend.
He moved his announcement up from July.
Phillips had intentions of announcing his decision on July 8, the three-year anniversary of the day he and his family left Kentucky for South Carolina. After visiting Kentucky’s campus for a second time in two weeks this past weekend, he decided it is time to go ahead and announce where he will play college football.
The timing suggests we are in for some good news.
By Nick Roush on ©April 29th, 2019 @ 10:45pm
When Kentucky received a commitment from a four-star offensive tackle Sunday night, Mark Stoops also brought in an aggressive recruiter.
Now that John Young has wrapped up his recruitment by rolling the dice with UK, he’s trying to get others in the fold. While completing his official visit over the weekend, he was giving his peers his best pitch.
“I started recruiting even before this weekend,” Young told KSR. “I knew I was going to be committing coming into this weekend; really started working on a lot of guys and I think we have some good news coming this week for some Kentucky fans. I think this class is really going to come together over the next few weeks going into the summer. I think Kentucky fans will be really pleased by the end of the summer how the class is shaping up. ”
How good this class be? UK’s best ever.
“I think this could be a really great class. I know rankings aren’t everything. They don’t really mean much, but I really do think we could have a top 15 class or possible a top 10 class as a whole.”
Much of that revolves around the highest-ranked recruit in Lexington, four-star quarterback Beau Allen. One of the prospects that officially visited UK’s campus this weekend, Young will not stop recruiting Allen until he commits.
“I am his buddy and the truth is I am going to do everything I can. I am gonna bug that dude until he blocks my number. I’m going to be on him until he commits,” said Young.
“I know that Kentucky stands in a really good spot with Beau and his family. He’s from there. Beau’s one of my best friends and I talk to him everyday. Now when I talk to him I always throw in, ‘you know it’s time to hop on board and start recruiting with me because we could really have something special with this class.’ That’s the God’s honest answer that I’ll be on him until he commits.”
Allen isn’t the only player Young is recruiting. He provided a few names for fans to keep an eye on throughout the recruiting season.
“One guy would be a cornerback from South Carolina. Andru Phillips would be a guy to know as a Kentucky fan right now. He’s from the state of Kentucky, I was childhood friends with him growing up, but ended up moving to South Carolina for his family’s work. I think he’s a guy that would love to come back home. I think the staff would love to see it, as well as I.”
Phillips is making a big announcement tonight, one that could bode well for the Big Blue Nation.
“I’d say Vito Tisdale, the No. 1 ranked prospect in the state, safety from Bowling Green. If you don’t know him already, you should. He’s one of my top targets and I know he’s one of the top targets for the staff as somebody we want a part of this class,” Young added.
“I’d say Octavious Oxendine, a defensive tackle from North Hardin, another guy everybody is going to be on hard. I’m sure he’s a guy already a lot of Kentucky fans know, but if you don’t, you should. I’ll say Michael Drennen from up in Ohio, a four-star running back who also has offers from everywhere in the country, but I know he really likes Kentucky and he’s a guy I’m really going to go after hard.”
For those who closely follow UK football recruiting, the first few names did not come as a surprise. When he dropped Michael Drennen’s name…WOW. Like most Ohio recruits, UK was in on the Dublin-Coffman athlete early. When the four-star all-purpose back picked up an Alabama offer (on top of the Notre Dame and Ohio State offers) last month, I wrote off Kentucky’s chances. UK’s coaches and Young will not be giving up so easily.
As UK’s class takes shape in the coming months, Young will play a significant role in its creation. It’s not just lip-service. Just a few minutes after the interview, Young was already practicing what he preached.
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.
Your next brotha https://t.co/jxsBHXU34S
— dru (@AndruPhillips) April 29, 2019
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.
Andru Phillips is the newest member of Kentucky’s 2020 recruiting class.
A three-star cornerback out of South Carolina, Phillips picked the Cats over four other finalists in his recruitment: Louisville, NC State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. He had originally planned to announce his decision in early July, but after visiting Lexington this past weekend, he decided to go ahead and commit Monday evening.
BBN I’m coming home…
110% COMMITTED ? pic.twitter.com/strV1Aa9SU
— dru (@AndruPhillips) April 29, 2019
He is the third commitment in UK’s next class, joining Lamar Goods, a defensive tackle out of Connecticut, and John Young, another new addition who visited with Phillips over the weekend and pledged his commitment on Sunday.
247Sports ranks Phillips as the No. 57 cornerback in 2020 and the 11th best prospect out of South Carolina. He is a legacy recruit; his father, Carlos Phillips, played at UK in the late 80s.
Learn even more about him here: Get To Know Andru Phillips
By Nick Roush on ©April 29th, 2019 @ 6:30pm
Right now there is no shortage of positive Kentucky football recruiting news. After a weekend of high profile official visitors and a four-star commitment, the Cats are finalists for one of the best football players in America.
Four-star defensive end Darrion Henry announced he is down to six schools: Ohio State, LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Kentucky.
A 6’6″ 260-pound pass rusher, the Cincinnati native is the No. 45 player overall and the No. 3 defensive end in the 2020 recruiting class, according to the 247 Composite rankings. Recruited by Vince Marrow, Henry unofficially visited UK’s campus in February with two other talented Cincinnati prospects, five-star offensive tackle Paris Johnson and his Princeton teammate, four-star linebacker Jaheim Thomas.
Currently all 12 of Henry’s Crystal Ball picks are for Ohio State. There’s still plenty of time for the Big Dog to convince Henry to rock the Big Blue.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 29th, 2019 @ 10:37am
Is more good news on the way for Kentucky Football? Fresh off his official visit to Lexington, three-star cornerback Andru Phillips just tweeted he’s moved up his college announcement from July 8 to tonight. He’ll choose between Kentucky, Louisville, NC State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.
Today’s the day.. big announcement coming tonight
— dru (@AndruPhillips) April 29, 2019
The 5’11” 180 lbs. prospect out of Mauldin, South Carolina is considered the No. 57 cornerback in the 2020 class and the No. 722 player overall by 247 Sports. He and new commit John Young were both on Kentucky’s campus this weekend and a few weeks ago, when they posed with four-star quarterback Beau Allen:
— dru (@AndruPhillips) April 13, 2019
In fact, Young told Go Big Blue Country’s Shawn Smith that Phillips is someone he’s actively recruiting to join him in Lexington:
“I am fully committed to Kentucky and will not be talking to any other schools. I think we could have a top fifteen class. Beau Allen, Andru Phillips, Izayah Cummings, Vito Tisdale, and Tee Hodge are just a few of the guys I want on board.”
— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) April 28, 2019
Come on down, Andru.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©April 28th, 2019 @ 11:00pm
Earlier today, 2020 four-star offensive lineman and Christian Academy of Louisville product John Young announced on Twitter that he had “big news coming” later this evening.
Y’all stay tuned tonight.. big news coming ?
— John Young (@the_johnyoung) April 28, 2019
Tonight, Rivals’ No. 214 overall prospect and No. 24 offensive tackle in the nation announced that he has committed to the hometown Kentucky Wildcats.
“First, I would like to thank God for the opportunities I have been given,” said Young. “Playing college football has always been my dream. I would like to thank my Mom and Dad for always being by my side during this process and supporting me no matter what. Along with my parents, I would like to thank my sister and the rest of my family for always coming to games and helping me with this process. Thank you to Coach Griffee, Coach Magee, Coach Lefors, Coach Hilliard, and every other coach that has helped me along the way. I would also like to thank my friends and teammates for making me a better person, as well as player, every day. Finally, I would like to thank every coach that has given me the opportunity to play at their university.
“With that being said, I am shutting down my recruitment and committing to The University of Kentucky. I am so excited to be a part of the BBN family and begin building something special with this class.”
— John Young (@the_johnyoung) April 28, 2019
Young, a 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle, chose Kentucky over finalists Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue, and Louisville, among 24 total scholarship offers.
With Young’s addition, Kentucky now has two commitments for the class of 2020, both being four-star, Rivals250 prospects. Lamar Goods, a 6-foot-4 defensive tackle out of Oakdale, CT and Rivals’ No. 204 prospect in the class committed back on April 8.
Staying on the recruiting side, Young is also good friends with Kentucky four-star quarterback target Beau Allen, and is expected to be a major piece in not only bringing in Allen, but several other key elite targets for the Wildcats.
With Logan Stenberg, Austin Dotson, and Mason Wolfe each being seniors, along with upperclassmen Landon Young and Drake Jackson both having a maximum of two years of eligibility remaining, Young has the opportunity to develop early under star talent and earn playing time sooner rather than later.
As far as what Young brings to the table from a talent perspective, Kentucky picked up a self-described “nasty” run blocker with a hard-working attitude and will to win like no one else in the class.
Our own Adam Luckett had this to say about the newest Wildcat:
“Athletic tackle who moves people in the run game and plays with a high motor. Has the ability to play guard. Heavy-handed punch but not much on tape with pass protection. Likely needs a lot of polish there. Young is at his best moving in space blocking linebackers and safeties on screens, counters, sweeps, etc. Had serious interest from other big time programs.”
Back on April 17, Young sat down with KSR about his upcoming decision, where he said he grew up a Kentucky fan and “loves” what head coach Mark Stoops has done with the program since he arrived in Lexington back in 2012.
“(With) Kentucky, I grew up a fan of Kentucky, and I really love what they’ve done over the last year with their team,” he said. “Coach Stoops has really turned that program around. I love all the coaches up there, and I’ve visited there a lot.”
For Young, he looks at what the Kentucky football program has been able to do with high school talent and mold them into NFL talent. With five Wildcats getting drafted this past weekend, with six more already signing deals with teams as undrafted free agents, he knows he’ll have an opportunity to represent the state of Kentucky in the NFL one day.
“I’m going on my third year of being recruited by Kentucky, they offered me as a freshman, so I’ve really gotten to see the development there,” he said. “They develop players and turn them into high-caliber draft picks like they did with Josh Allen and Benny Snell. Those guys weren’t super highly recruited guys out of high school, Josh wasn’t really recruited at all, but they turned those guys into very high caliber guys who are going to make millions of dollars playing football. Just the way they’ve developed players is the most impressive thing for me.”
Most importantly, the four-star prospect told KSR that his recruitment is “100% shut down,” saying that he will not be taking visits or talking to other schools in the future. Without question, he will be signing with the University of Kentucky.
“My recruitment will be completely and 100% shut down after I make my decision,” he told KSR. “I will not be taking visits to other schools, I won’t talk to other schools, my recruitment will be shut down as soon as I make my decision.”
Watch his junior-year highlights below:
Welcome to the BBN, Mr. Young.
By Nick Roush on ©April 26th, 2019 @ 4:00pm
It’s a big Kentucky football recruiting weekend, both figuratively and literally.
Mark Stoops is hosting a plethora of official visitors this weekend. The biggest player on campus is also one of the the highest-ranked recruits to ever officially visit Kentucky’s campus.
Offensive guard Justin Rogers is ranked by Rivals as the No. 10 player in America. The last five-star prospect to officially visit Kentucky was Micah Johnson, ESPN’s ninth-ranked player in the 2006 recruiting class. Unlike Johnson, Rogers is an out-of-state prospect from the Detroit suburb of Oak Park. Stoops used the opportunity to play defense to convince the top-ranked player from Michigan in 2018 to come to UK. Will that same pitch work for Marquan McCall’s old teammate?
Rogers isn’t the only blue chip offensive lineman on campus.
From Martin Luther King High School in Detroit, Deondre Buford is a four-star prospect ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 24 offensive tackle in America. Tennessee, Auburn and LSU are just a few of the other schools pursing Buford. Four-star offensive tackle John Young is officially visiting this weekend before he announces his college decision Monday evening. He told Larry Vaught on Thursday he already has a good idea which team he’s picking.
“I think I have my mind made up,” Young said.
Reading the tea leaves in Young’s recruitment is not difficult. The bigger question is whether or not Young can convince another in-state star, four-star quarterback Beau Allen, to become a Wildcat. Allen will be on UK’s campus a week after taking an official to Washington State.
Rounding up the guest list is Andru Phillips. The three-star cornerback grew up in Louisville before his family moved to South Carolina. Now he’s one of the 15 best players in the talent-rich state.
Vince Marrow has brought the Big Dogs into Lexington this weekend.
By Nick Roush on ©April 23rd, 2019 @ 3:30pm
When recruits walk into Mark Stoops’ office, the first thing they see is a portrait of his former first round NFL Draft picks. This weekend Josh Allen will be the next person added to the poster that overlooks his desk.
“He’ll be on the board, probably front and center,” Stoops said Tuesday. “He ranks right up there as one of the great players I had an opportunity to coach, there’s no question about that. There’s no doubt that he will be a successful pro, just because of the way he lives his life, the way he is driven to be great.”
Not every prospective recruit is privy to see that picture in Stoops’ office. The best of the best will likely spend some time there while officially visiting this weekend. Those who are not yet at the top of the recruiting big board will see another Josh Allen poster when they watch the NFL Draft.
“I thought that was pretty cool,” Stoops said. “Our university and our guys did that for him, and really for the program to get us some more exposure.”
The face of the Kentucky football program over the last year, Allen and his teammates have given Kentucky name recognition in new places around the country.
“Without a doubt, it just helps us. With what Josh is doing, the way he represented us, the national awards that he won, all that exposure, it does nothing but help us. Of course all of the other players — Benny, Lonnie, Mike, Darius, Derrick Baity, you can go on and on — I’m just proud of all of them,” said Stoops.
You can go on and on and on, unlike any other time in the history of the Kentucky football program. Anywhere between six and nine former Wildcats are expected to be picked in the NFL Draft. Kentucky has not had more than four players picked in one draft since 1979. There were eight players picked in 1979, but the draft had almost twice as many rounds 40 years ago. Since the draft changed to a seven-round format in 1994, Kentucky’s four picks in 2008 are the high watermark.
Before UK’s prospects make history, many have spent their time working out at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility. Throughout the spring, recruits have been in and out of the facility. During their tours, high school athletes and their parents have been able to meet many of UK’s future pros. It may not seem like a big deal to some, but it could be a huge deal to a 15-year old from the Bluegrass or a four-star All-American currently committed to Miami.
— Michael Tunsil (@coachtunsil) March 18, 2019
Kentucky’s historic draft class is moving on to bigger and better things. As they transition into professional careers, the leaders are leaving the program better than they found it.
“I’ll never forget what they’ve done for us,” Stoops said. “They had great leadership and that’s why we were successful. That’s the foundation we gotta continue to build on. We’re worried about a program, not just a team, but a program, building a program.”
By Nick Roush on ©April 22nd, 2019 @ 10:45pm
Is this the biggest week in the history of the Kentucky football program? Not exactly. In the last calendar year UK won on a walk-off to play for a chance to win the SEC East. That week definitely beats this one, but for a sunny four days in April, it doesn’t get much bigger for football in the Bluegrass.
Thursday night in Nashville the Kentucky football program will receive the bright spotlight in the NFL Draft when Josh Allen becomes a top five pick. Mark Stoops is one of a dozen of college coaches that will be on Broadway in Nashville. With the eyes of the football world watching, the event will be surrounded by a massive pitch to prospective recruits.
Once Stoops shakes hands and completes a few interviews, he’s returning to Lexington Friday for an incredibly important recruiting weekend. As his former players are picked, future stars will gather on campus for official visits.
Marquee Official Visitors
After receiving a few de-commitments from offensive linemen who jump on board early, Stoops and Vince Marrow can create a strong foundation in the 2020 class this weekend when three athletes officially visit: quarterback Beau Allen, offensive tackle John Young and cornerback Andru Phillips.
Young could be the cornerstone of the class. A charismatic four-star talent from Louisville, Kentucky’s best days under Mark Stoops have featured in-state stars manning the offensive line. Young could be the next to contribute to that legacy.
Even though Phillips has spent the last four or five years of his life in South Carolina, he grew up not far from where Young resides in Louisville. The son of a former UK linebacker would be an excellent addition to Brad White’s defense.
Last, but certainly not least, is the the quarterback. Throughout his tenure at Kentucky, Stoops has received commitments from high profile quarterbacks, but has never been able to hold on until signing day. Stoops needs Allen to end that streak. The four-star pocket passer is considering a future in the high-flying offenses of Mike Leach and Neal Brown. The Lexington native’s many ties to the program and Kentucky’s explosive spring game performance have certainly sweetened the recruiting pitch. Now it’s time for Stoops, Marrow and Eddie Gran to seal the deal this weekend.
Young, Phillips and Allen will not be alone. Stay tuned to KSR throughout the week to see what other talented 2020 recruits will officially visit Lexington this weekend.
Ed Oliver is Cramping Josh Allen’s Style
As we enter the homestretch, teams are pulling out all of the stunts to mess with other teams. The latest involves our guy, Josh Allen.
Projected to go third overall to the New York Jets for months, there’s some late buzz that Gregg Williams actually prefers Houston’s Ed Oliver. Once seen as a lock in the top five, the defensive tackle’s stock has been incredibly volatile over the last year. At one point he fell completely out of the first round. Now the Card killer is back near the top thanks to the Raiders.
Word on the street is that Gruden and Mayock like Oliver with the fourth overall pick. Once the Jets caught wind, they started telling people they like Oliver, giving the Raiders an incentive to trade up a spot with one of their many picks in this year’s draft.
Frankly, it’s a bit bizarre. There’s no reason to worry about Allen slipping down the draft, but there is a good reason to watch Ed Oliver sack Lamar Jackson over and over and over again.
Lonnie Johnson is Ready
Johnson will not be in Nashville for the draft, but he still will be wearing a new hat once he’s selected.
— 4/7 (@Lonnie30johnson) April 22, 2019
The rumor mill is circulating that Lonnie could leap into the first round. You can’t rule it out, but it’s safer to expect to hear his name Friday night. While you’re waiting, enjoy this delightful piece on Johnson from the Chicago Tribune.
Scalzo Looks Sharp
The future Kentucky quarterback tore his ACL in the Florida state playoffs. Even though he’s only five months into rehab, he doesn’t look like somebody with a bum knee. If Gunnar Hoak decides to depart after the spring semester, they’ll need Scalzo ready to roll this fall.
Comeback SZN? pic.twitter.com/lmpkJCK72y
— Nik Scalzo (@NikScalzo) April 21, 2019
UK Offers Another In-State Freshman
Corbin’s Treyveon Longmire received plenty of attention from power five programs once Kentucky offered the sophomore to-be. This afternoon Kentucky offered another in-state prospect from the class of 2022. Unlike Longmire, Selah Brown is a bruiser. The 6’2″ 245-pounder played defensive end, linebacker and fullback for Louisville Male High School. It ain’t hard to tell this kid is a tank.
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Easter Sunday in the South
Today I leave you with the most glorious Easter Sunday sermon ever delivered.
By Nick Roush on ©April 22nd, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Kentucky remains in contention for one of the best athletes in the city of Louisville.
Three-star wide receiver Izayah Cummings has trimmed his list of finalists to six. The fifth-ranked player in the Commonwealth will choose between Kentucky, Louisville, West Virginia, Purdue, Virginia and Wake Forest.
I want to thank all the coaches who have recruited me throughout my recruiting process… but these are my top 6?? teams?? All Glory To God …RECRUITMENT IS STILL OPEN?? #godsplan pic.twitter.com/AB2HDcbpzH
— IC8? (@IzayahCummings) April 22, 2019
The Male High School star is the top-ranked skill position player from the city of Louisville. Vince Marrow is Cummings’ primary recruiter. In the 2019 class Marrow was able to convince the city’s top-ranked skill player, TaeTae Crumes, to become a Kentucky Wildcat. Can he pull off the feat in back-to-back seasons?
A rising sophomore athlete has turned into one of the region’s hottest names in recruiting.
Two and a half weeks ago Kentucky became just the second school, and first power five program, to offer Treyveon Longmire a scholarship. Since that morning spring practice in Lexington, Longmire has picked up five power five offers.
The first post-Kentucky offer came a week later during a trip to Louisville. Scott Satterfield rolled out the red carpet to offer Corbin’s explosive athlete. A week later Tennessee ponied up and offered a scholarship. That was followed by offers from Florida State, West Virginia and Purdue over a three-day span.
With three high school football seasons left, it’s safe to say he’ll be one of the state’s most sought after athletes in quite some time. So far, he’s earned every bit of attention. As a true freshman he rushed for 611 yards (8.9 yards per carry) and four touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 524 yards and seven touchdowns, including a 59-yarder in the Redhounds’ state championship victory at Kroger Field.
Longmire’s recruitment is far from over. While the process unfolds, remember that only Western Michigan offered before Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow.
By Nick Roush on ©April 20th, 2019 @ 11:00am
Kentucky is gaining momentum for a three-star legacy recruit.
A week after Andru Phillips attended Kentucky’s 2019 Blue/White Game, the cornerback trimmed his list of finalists to five — Louisville, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Kentucky.
A top 15 player in the talent-rich state of South Carolina, Phillips actually grew up in Louisville. His father, Carlos, played in the AAAA state championship with Owensboro before signing to play for Jerry Claiborne’s Wildcats. Carlos Phillips lettered for UK in 1989 as a linebacker.
The younger Phillips could follow in his father’s footsteps. The 5’11” three-star prospect will return to Lexington next weekend for an official visit, the same weekend another legacy recruit, Beau Allen, will take his official visit. Phillips intends to announce his final decision July 8.
There’s one thing you need to know about Phillips’ game: he isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder.