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Former UK Quarterback Recruit set to Transfer

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Another player recruited by Kentucky is leaving Ohio State.

Last night Matthew Baldwin announced he will leave Columbus after only one season on campus. A redshirt in the 2018 season, Justin Fields’ arrival pushed Baldwin out the door.

A four-star pocket-passer from Texas powerhouse Lake Travis, Baldwin initially committed to Colorado State. After an excellent senior season, Kentucky was one of many schools who heavily pursued Baldwin before the Buckeyes ultimately won the sweepstakes. In last week’s spring game, Baldwin completed 20 of 36 passes for 246 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Baldwin’s announcement comes a month after we learned another former UK recruit is leaving Ohio State. L’Christian “Blue” Smith is set to transfer after the spring semester. Rivals ranked the 6’6″ wide receiver as the No. 39 player in the 2018 recruiting class.

Kentucky has a few scholarships available for transfers. If things do not go well with Beau Allen over the next few weeks, Baldwin could receive a call from Coach Stoops.


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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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.