Football Recruiting News
By Drew Franklin on ©January 03rd, 2019 @ 5:00pm
There is another big football game being played in Orlando’s Camping World Stadium that you should keep an eye on. It’s the Under Armour All-America game and it airs tonight at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
Why should you care, you ask?
Because the game will include Devonta Lee, a star in the Class of 2019, who could potentially become a Kentucky Wildcat by Signing Day. The four-star wide receiver prospect out of Louisiana has said he “fell in love” with the Kentucky program after taking an official visit to Lexington in early December.
A high school teammate of UK quarterback signee Amani Gilmore, Lee might just pick the Cats over his home state LSU Tigers, as well as offers from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Miami, Oregon, Florida State, Mississippi State, Texas and many others. (That’s a hell of a list, huh?)
Lee will be on Team Flash tonight, coached by Steve Mariucci. He’ll be catching passes from a Texas commit, a Texas A&M commit and an Arizona State commit.
Tune in to see him, if you can. He could be the next great weapon in UK’s passing game.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 22nd, 2018 @ 12:30pm
A major defensive back target for the Kentucky Wildcats needs your help.
Jammie Robinson, a four-star prospect out of Cordele, GA, is up for Georgia 6A Player of the Year, and he has asked the Big Blue Nation to put in their votes.
— BIG 6? (@Jammierobinson6) December 22, 2018
As a senior at Lee County, the star safety finished with 105 tackles, six tackles for loss, two interceptions, and one pick-six for one of the top defenses in the state of Georiga. It was a unit that forced six shutouts on the season, including one in the state title game in a 14-0 victory over Northside.
Tonight, he’ll be playing for a national championship at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
— BIG 6? (@Jammierobinson6) December 22, 2018
He has already won the 2018 Albany-Area Defensive Player of the Year and has been named as a Class 6-A All-State selection.
Jammie Robinson makes the specialist position, which goes to the player who made the biggest impact on special teams, but to be honest, he could have made defensive back too. Robinson led the classification averaging 25.5 yards per punt return and 36.7 on kickoffs. The senior had 7 touchdowns that he returned back, showing off moves that looked akin to Devin Hester. Robinson’s impact at Lee County was huge in 2018, stats cannot quantify his impact in all facets of the game.
Now he needs the 6A Player of the Year title.
Robinson is currently in the lead with 1,656 votes (50.77%), but he needs the Big Blue Nation’s help to leave everyone else in the dust.
— Recruit Georgia (@RecruitGeorgia) December 22, 2018
You can click on the direct link to vote here.
He’s going to look pretty solid in Blue and White when the time comes to sign in February.
Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow signed a pair of teammates from Ohio that could contribute on the field in 2019. Before defensive tackle Isaiah Gibson and Moses Douglass put pen to paper on Wednesday, each proved their loyalty to Kentucky in different ways.
“Here’s what people don’t understand about Moses. Moses had about 31 offers. He had everybody,” Vince Marrow said Wednesday. “You had everybody pulling at this kid. This kid never took another unofficial visit. He still had five visits where he could have taken visits anywhere, and the kid was loyal to this University and loyal to us.”
Douglass’ loyalty to the Big Blue Nation runs thicker than blood. The son of former Wildcat defensive back Moe Douglass, now the head football coach at Springfield High School, outsiders believed the Kentucky connection would lead him to UK. That wasn’t necessarily the case.
“That really didn’t play a role at all,” Moses told KSR last week. “I didn’t want to go there at first because of that. I don’t like being in nobody’s shadow.”
His father never thought Moses would end up at Kentucky. “He went down there and had a good time, saw it for the first time and just thought it was the right place for him to be.”
Even though Moses was quickly sold, it was far from a done deal. To create an unbreakable bond, Vince Marrow had to convince Camela Douglass that Kentucky was the perfect place for her son.
“I think she wanted him to have his own way because his dad played here. She wanted him to have his own life, and I had to convince her, ‘Just come up and visit.’” Once Marrow got her to campus, the city of Lexington did the rest of the work.
“The people in Lexington really played a big part in their hospitality and just treating these parents respectfully. Because, you want to know where your kid is going to school. You want to know what kind of people are going to be around. So, I think that was a big part.”
Douglass will move to Lexington with Isaiah Gibson in January. Each player will enroll early for the spring semester and participate in spring practice.
Before Gibson puts on a Kentucky uniform, he is already all-in on the Wildcats. While other schools pushed to flip the defensive tackle from UK, he confirmed his commitment to Kentucky with a Wildcat tattoo.
By KSR on ©December 20th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
You thought we’d only have one KSR Football Podcast for our incredible listeners this week? You thought wrong.
After our Citrus Bowl Special on Tuesday, the KSR crew decided to release yet another special edition of the podcast focused on Kentucky’s successful haul on Wednesday’s Early Signing Day.
Nick Roush, Jack Pilgrim, and Adam Luckett threw on their headsets and discussed:
- How the KSR crew avoided a Signing Day tragedy.
- Why is the coaching staff so confident?
- Freddie had Josh Allen. Luckett has KD McDaniel
- Kentucky’s massive haul in the front seven
- Recruiting pitches
- Versatility in the class
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By Nick Roush on ©December 19th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
Signing 21 players wasn’t easy.
Mark Stoops called in the Big Dog for a reinforcements a few times. Back in the spring, he sent Vince to the city of Louisville. He gave a pitch four highly-touted recruits — Jared Casey, J.J. Weaver, Shawnkel Knight-Goff and TaeTae Crumes — could not deny.
“Three of the top linebackers we took out of there were top guys in the country,” Marrow said. “I think they saw success of our linebacker group. A lot of people don’t know that we’ve been pretty good in the NFL for the last couple of years with linebacker play. It was just getting these guys here to come play in the best conference in the country and come play with the best school in the state. It wasn’t a hard sell.”
To lock up Cavon Butler, Stoops asked Marrow to stay up late to talk to the sought after defensive tackle.
“I was on the phone texting back and forth with Cavon until about 10:30, 11:00 last night,” Stoops said. “I’ve got to get up early tomorrow, Big Dog, I’ve got to get to bed.”
Keeping Butler and Isaiah Gibson took extra effort. Big Ten powers pulled at the Ohio natives until the very end because there isn’t a more difficult position to recruit than defensive line.
“D tackles are just so important,” Stoops said. “Everybody wants the big, long, athletic guys. They’re difference makers, and in this league, that’s one of the positions that really changes. That’s one of the positions that separates the top from the bottom.”
Stoops signed two quarterbacks in the 2019 class, Nik Scalzo and Amani Gilmore. The latter, a lefty from Louisiana, plans on playing baseball at Kentucky. Stoops’ willingness to let Gilmore play two sports helped seal the deal (and helps Nick Mingione).
“I encouraged him (Gilmore) to do that. He was football all the way, but I felt like Nick owes me one on that because I told him, I really did, I felt like he was too talented. I felt like he’d regret it,” Stoops said.
Baseball prevented Gilmore from attending the recruiting camps that generate buzz and catapult players up the rankings. Flying under the radar helped them land a few players, including Vince Marrow’s sleeper in the class, Shawnkel Knight-Goff.
“He can play safety, he can play linebacker, he can play receiver, and he can play running back,” said Marrow. “He’s so athletic. I think this kid would have been a high four-star but his circumstances; he worked in the summer and never went to really any camps, but he came to our camp and ran real well for a guy that big. I think he’s going to be a guy that surprises a lot of people. I really do.”
One of the biggest surprises came this afternoon. JUCO defensive back Quandre Mosely committed to Kentucky, becoming the sixth player from the state of Georgia to join UK’s 2019 recruiting class. Recruiting the state is not easy, but Kentucky’s 9-3 season made the talent-rich state pay attention.
“Georgia is the number one state that really produces college football players right now and I think even pros. When you have success, you’re not looked at as a joke going in there,” Vince said.
When Marrow recruited Jarren Williams, he wasn’t taken seriously. That changed this year.
“Kentucky was looked at as, ‘Why you want to go there if you’re from the South? Why do you want to go there? You’re going to skip over all of these schools to go to Kentucky?’ But, when you starting beating those schools. When you start beating South Carolina, Florida, Missouri and all of those schools, Mississippi State, well, oh, this is a school I really want to go to. That’s what happened with us in Georgia now.”
If Kentucky beats Penn State in a New Year’s Day bowl, the Cats’ credibility will become even more significant. Today UK reaped some of the rewards from a 9-3 season, but there’s even more to come next year.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 19th, 2018 @ 10:30pm
Vince Marrow got us all excited by teasing some more “very interesting things” still on the way, but he also raved about the players who signed with Kentucky this morning, particularly on defense.
“First of all, this is probably the best linebacker corp we’ve signed since we’ve been here,” Marrow said on KSR. “Very talented young men. A lot of top guys in the Top 250 and three in our own state, Shawn’Kel Knight-Goff, Jared Casey, and JJ Weaver. We’re very excited about these guys, but the whole group is very, very athletic, long, physical and can run.”
Knight-Goff, Casey, and Weaver are all from Louisville, an area that’s churning out so much talent these days Mark Stoops asked Marrow to prioritize it alongside Ohio.
“I spend a lot of time in Ohio and at one point, [Stoops] said, ‘I need you to go into Louisville. We need to really make our presence there.’ Going in there, there are some real good high school coaches but man, I can tell you, there’s really good talent there. There’s probably, in Louisville, I think seven guys that could play in the SEC and we signed five out of the seven.”
Like the 2015 class that included Josh Allen, Jordan Jones, Christ Westry, and Derrick Baity, Marrow believes this class includes some players that flew under the radar.
“Yeah, no doubt. We’ve got some kids in this class, like Shawn’Kel Knight-Goff. He’s just as talented as any of the four-star linebackers, but this kid never went to camps. A lot of these kids don’t go out and get showcased because some of these kids work jobs or whatever their circumstances are.”
Because the 2015 class is on its way out, Kentucky had to make defense a priority in the 2019 class. Marrow is confident this group fits the bill.
“I’m going to love to see what these guys turn out to be,” Marrow added. “When you look at these linebackers, dude, I’m telling you, these guys are — a lot of people wanted these guys. They’re a pretty good bunch.”
By Drew Franklin on ©December 19th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
In case you haven’t digested enough content about Kentucky’s successful early signing day, we have the clip of Mark Stoops’ Wednesday afternoon appearance on the SEC Network for your viewing pleasure. Stoops made an appearance to discuss what went into building the new class, which the staff believes is among its best; replacing NFL-level talent on both sides of the ball; and what they look for to maintain the momentum around the program.
Check it out:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 19th, 2018 @ 4:15pm
Opening Statement …
“Good Evening. I’m just going to piggyback off of Coach [Stoops]. This probably was the best linebacker class we’ve signed since we’ve been here. I know we signed six or seven linebackers, and they’re all interchangeable, but this is a very athletic group and they were very highly recruited. I was very excited about that. Defense, we needed to address in this class because we’re losing a lot of guys on defense and we should be pretty good on offense next year, so defense was a big emphasis this year.”
On how the current group takes this new group being the best linebacker class …
“Because it is! To be quite honest, losing Josh [Allen] and Jordan [Jones] and we may have a transfer here and there, but overall this is, like Coach Stoops said. We used to have to project guys. We’d take guys that were 6’2”, 210 pounds, and then hope they grow into 6’3”, 230. These guys are already the type of guys that ‘Bama or Ohio State would take, or Oregon and schools like that. It’s a great group.”
On what makes this group so great …
“Very versatile. They can do it all. You can take all six of these guys and they can be Sams (strongside LBs), Jacks (hybrid LB/DE position). Some can play Will (weakside). Some can play Mike (middle). Some can play Sam. These are the type of guys, like I said, that Nick Saban would take. You just take these guys and they become good special teams players and just interchangeable. Some guys may grow into a D-end. You just never know, but it’s good size and length coming in.”
On how recruiting in Louisville worked …
“I just think our perception. I think we were pretty good in most of the state. Pretty much 85 percent of the state. Louisville was a different monster. It was just a thing where I think Louisville just had a strong hold on a lot of the kids there, a lot of the inner-city kids. Just came in with a message to say hey, this state is pretty much 90 percent blue, Big Blue Nation. For some reason, it was like the kids there were 90 percent, but in that 10-15 percent was Louisville. We just said a different message and the success we were having on defense. Three of the top linebackers we took out of there were top guys in the country. I think they saw success of our linebacker group. A lot of people don’t know that we’ve been pretty good in the NFL for the last couple of years with linebacker play. It was just getting these guys here to come play in the best conference in the country and come play with the best school in the state. It wasn’t a hard sell.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 19th, 2018 @ 4:00pm
COACH STOOPS: Okay. Exciting day for us. Really good to put the wraps on such a good class. Greatly appreciate our staff and the hard work they’ve done for the past year, past two years in some cases recruiting some of these players.
I feel very good about this class. I feel they’re excellent football players, excellent people, very good in the classroom. Feel good about going in state and getting some of the top prospects in state to stay home. Definitely some difference makers that were very important to us.
So across the board very excited about this class, top to bottom. And there still could be one or so out there in this class. And of course we’ll have a couple of spots left to continue to work for the February signing period. So, I like where we’re at.
Q. The in state guys, how did that come together getting five guys? And how important specifically to get into Louisville was it?
COACH STOOPS: I think it was very important. We’ve been working these guys for some time. They’re very — there’s very good players. You don’t know where the players are going to be in state, as I’ve mentioned every year. I think there’s always good quality in this state. Sometimes there’s not always the quantity.
This year, there were certainly a good amount of very good football players. And it was a group effort. Really appreciate the work of our staff and certainly Coach Marrow, our recruiting coordinator, went in there and had a strong impact and built some strong relationships with these kids, along with our position coaches and other guys. And Coach Schlarman started it years ago in that area. So it was a group effort.
But Coach Marrow will talk to you in a minute, let the big dog come up here in a minute. He certainly did a very good job and definitely had a big hand in landing some of these guys.
Is Jarren Williams Matt’s mystery transfer? It sure sounds like it.
The four-star quarterback committed to Kentucky TWICE last year before having a change of heart and signing with Miami. Now, according to 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Williams is planning on transferring from The U.
Williams, the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the 2018 class, played in one game for Miami this year, completing a pass for 17 yards vs. Savannah State. He was still able to redshirt and will be eligible for the 2020 season.
If you go back and read Vince Marrow’s comments from today’s signing day press conference, maybe Williams is one of the recruits that regrets not being a part of Kentucky’s special season?
“I will tell you, some of the dudes we lost in the 2018 class and even the 2017 class, you’ll see them talking to some of our other players like, ‘Man, I knew we should have went there.’ They saw it, but they didn’t believe it.”
Marrow also mentioned how the program’s reputation in Georgia has changed since he went after a certain quarterback from the state a few years ago — cough, Williams, cough. (UPDATED with Marrow’s comments)
“Georgia is the number one state that really produces college football players right now and I think even pros. When you have success, you’re not looked at as a joke going in there. I’m telling you when I was recruiting a quarterback years ago, and I went in there and started taking over his recruitment, Kentucky was looked at as, ‘Why you want to go there if you’re from the South? Why do you want to go there? You’re going to skip over all of these schools to go to Kentucky?’ But, when you starting beating those schools. When you start beating South Carolina, Florida, Missouri and all of those schools, Mississippi State, well, oh, this is a school I really want to go to. That’s what happened with us in Georgia now. This kid [Travis Tisdale], reminds me of Boom Williams so much. He has some traits like him. I really think this kid is going to be a homerun. I’m very excited to see him play.”
And who could forget Marrow’s comments that more good news was coming?
“I think we just tell the BBN to stay tuned. I think there’s going to be some very interesting things coming and I’m very excited about it. Just be patient. This thing, Coach Stoops — we’ve got to keep going forward and keep adding pieces to this program. And I’m very excited…but I’m very excited. Very, very soon.”
By Nick Roush on ©December 19th, 2018 @ 2:59pm
For the second time today, Kentucky received a commitment from a lengthy cornerback.
Quandre Mosely announced on ESPN Radio Coastal Georgia that he will be a Kentucky Wildcat. The Arizona JUCO defensive back picked UK over Utah and Oregon. Mostly will enroll at UK in January for spring practice.
“That was the best fit. When I went there I felt like home,” Mosely said.
Mosely will be the 21st signee in Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class. 247 ranks Mosely as the No. 2 junior college safety and No. 16 JUCO prospect in America. After playing safety in junior college, the sixth 2019 signee from Georgia will move to cornerback at Kentucky.
When Mosely was asked what kind of player the Big Blue Nation is getting, he responded, “The best player in the world.” See for yourself:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 19th, 2018 @ 2:30pm
How big was Kentucky’s win over Florida? Vince Marrow told reporters that the streak-snapping victory changed the way recruits view the program, to the point some players who considered Kentucky but ended up elsewhere regret their decisions.
“I will tell you, some of the dudes we lost in the 2018 class and even the 2017 class, you’ll see them talking to some of our other players like, ‘Man, I knew we should have went there.’ They saw it, but they didn’t believe it.
“When we went down and beat Florida, it really changed the whole game because it seemed like Kentucky, there was always a stigma that you had to get over the hurdle. So, when we started beating all these schools and beating other schools, the media would say, ‘Well, they haven’t beaten Florida in 31 years.’ So when we beat Florida — and when we beat Mississippi State because of the way people were projecting them before we beat them, that they were probably the second best team in the SEC — it really went volumes for our recruiting. You’ve just got to keep climbing those hurdles, though.”
The next immediate hurdle is beating a Big Ten team like Penn State in a New Year’s Day bowl game, which Marrow said would give Kentucky’s reputation another boost in Ohio.
“Most of our kids in Ohio, we played Northwestern, but now when you play like Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State in a bowl game, trust me, those guys will be really up for that. I know I’m even up for it because you grew up in that area and that’s what we grew up in. These kids came here because our message was to come play in the best conference in the country but they’re all Big Ten. We’ve got a Big Ten mentality on our team.”
After that, the goal is clear: beat Georgia. Marrow feels so passionately about that hurdle that he mentioned it both in his conversation with Matt on KSR this morning and in today’s press conference.
“We have to win the SEC East,” he said on KSR. “We’ve caught a lot of these other schools that kicked us in the teeth when we first got here. Now it’s time to catch that one big other school. You do that on days like this in recruiting and you build guys in your program that are already here and you develop. I think in the near future, we have to challenge Georgia. I’m just going to say that. We have to challenge them and we have to win that game. But we have to make sure we stand above and still beat the teams we’ve beaten and the only way you do that is by developing, coaching, and recruiting guys like we did today.”
“The message now is, now let’s go beat Georgia,” he told reporters. “We climbed up the hill and beaten some of these other teams but we’ve gotta get Georgia. We’ve got to win the SEC East soon. That’s our message now.”
Mark Stoops received national letters of intent from 20 prospects this morning. Almost half are expected to arrive on campus in January for UK’s spring semester. That number could continue to grow.
“We’re working on one defensive back right now late into the day here. Maybe have some news later on today. We’ll see,” Stoops said at his signing day press conference.
That one defensive back is safety Quandre Mosely. The 6’1″ safety from Eastern Arizona College is considered the No. 16 JUCO prospect in the nation by 247 Sports. Mosely officially visited UK December 7. He’s also considering Utah and Oregon. If the Georgia native chooses UK, he will be the 2019 class’ sixth player from the Peach State. Mosely is expected to make his announcement around 2:45 ET.
After this afternoon, Stoops will use the final spots in the class for the best available prospects.
“Obviously I want to carry some forward into February. I want to have some available. You never know what’s going to happen, what’s going to shake out,” he said.
“There’s a lot of talk and motion with kids nowadays with transfers and things of that nature, and certainly just the recruiting, the guys that are available still. We’re on some really good kids that we knew were going to take it into February. We’re still going to continue to battle with those guys as well.”
Four-star recruits Devonta Lee and Jammie Robinson are top priorities for Kentucky heading into the February signing day.
Stoops’ comments do raise concerns about JaVonte Richardson and Elijah James. The two Iowa Western CC teammates committed to Kentucky were expected to sign this morning. Stoops’ comments don’t appear to include that duo. Why that is the case, I do not know. One can only assume it’s because they can’t find a fax machine in western Iowa.
By Nick Roush on ©December 19th, 2018 @ 1:00pm
For the second straight season, Kentucky’s early signing period was a massive success. They signed almost an entire class, leaving enough room for Kentucky to prioritize elite targets over the final seven weeks of the 2019 recruiting calendar year.
Currently ranked No. 27 by Rivals, this year’s class is different than previous Stoops’ classes in a variety of ways.
The Big Dog in Louisville
Vince Marrow earned his reputation as an elite recruiter in the state of Ohio. This year he made a few special moves in Ohio — keeping Cavon Butler, getting an early commitment from Moses Douglass — but his best work happened in the Commonwealth.
Many people were saying UK was letting a golden opportunity slip through their fingers, but Vince managed to convince a pair of four-stars from the state to remain in the Commonwealth. The Cats finished with four signees from Louisville and four of the top ten recruits from the state of Kentucky.
After setting up base camp in Ohio, last year the Cats reaped riches from South Florida. Kentucky pulled plenty of commitments from each territory in 2019, but also spread the wealth to other states.
- Kentucky: 5
- Georgia: 5
- Florida: 4
- Ohio: 3
- Louisiana: 1
- South Carolina: 1
- Mississippi: 1
Matt House deserves a tip of the cap for raising hell in the state of Georgia. UK’s primary recruiting territory during the Rich Brooks era, Kentucky loaded up on defenders and snuck out an ESPN300 running back, Travis Tisdale. Like Boom Williams, another UK running back from Georgia, Tisdale is a smaller back with explosive, 4.45 speed that could eventually be the steal of the signing class.
Speed at Wide Receiver
Kentucky needed a few playmakers at outside receiver. The Cats needed outside speed to help make the offense more explosive. DeMarcus Harris consistently burnt Division I South Florida prospects, while TaeTae Crumes excelled by using exceptional route-running and body control to complement his 4.3 speed. If that doesn’t convince you Crumes is a player, Eddie Gran believes he can be the Cats’ next Jeff Badet.
Stacked Front Seven
Mark Stoops has never recruited a front seven like this. Kentucky has three defensive tackles and six versatile linebackers in the 2019 class.
There’s no position more difficult to recruit than interior defensive line. UK got their top targets early, held onto them against plenty of other pursuers, then added a big JUCO body late in the process.
“This might be the best linebacker class we’ve signed since we’ve been here.” Vince Marrow is wrong. This is Mark Stoops’ best linebacker class yet.
UK’s two top-ranked recruits are linebackers from the city of Louisville, J.J. Weaver and Jared Casey. A group of unbelievable athletes, every player in this group can play at least two positions. Casey can play inside or outside, McDaniel can play defensive end or outside, and Knight-Goff can play outside or strong safety. Brad White and Matt House have an embarrassment of riches to work with in the linebacker room.
(NOTE: Iowa JUCOs Eli James and JaVonte Richardson are committed but have not officially signed.)
Kentucky Football Class of 2019
|MJ Devonshire||CB||Aliquippa, PA||5-11||170||4-star, ..8816|
|Jared Casey||LB||Louisville, KY||6-3||235||4-star, .8958|
|JJ Weaver||OLB||Louisville, KY||6-6||240||4-star, .8937|
|Moses Douglass||S||Springfield, OH||6-2||200||4-star, .8906|
|Javonte Richardson||WR (JUCO)||Maple Heights, OH||6-4||210||3-star, .8838|
|Shawnkel Knight-Goff||OLB/ATH||Louisville, KY||6-4||215||3-star, .8788|
|KD McDaniel||OLB/DE||Tifton, GA||6-3||250||3-star, .8763|
|Travis Tisdale||RB||Voldosta, GA||5-8||165||3-star, .8762|
|Taj Dodson||CB||Fairburn, GA||6-2||180||3-star, .8739|
|Isaiah Gibson||DT||Springfield, OH||6-4||300||3-star, .8722|
|Demontae "TaeTae" Crumes||WR||Louisville, KY||6-1||165||3-star, .8688|
|Marquez Bembry||OLB||Atlanta, GA||6-3||225||3-star, .8669|
|Nik Ognenovic||TE||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||6-5`||235||3-star, .8668|
|Cavon Butler||DT||Toledo, OH||6-3||290||3-star, .8626|
|Brandin Echols||CB (JUCO)||Southaven, MS||6-0||180||3-star, .8602|
|Tra Wilkins||ILB||Stone Mountain, GA||6-2||210||3-star, .8506|
|Jalen Geiger||CB||Columbia, SC||6-0||185||3-star, .8480|
|Nik Scalzo||QB||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||5-11||185||3-star, .8475|
|Amani Gilmore||QB||Amite, LA||6-2||175||3-star, .8431|
|DeMarcus Harris||WR||Vero Beach, FL||6-2||170||3-star, .8398|
|Jake Pope||OT||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||6-7||275||3-star, .8385|
|Eli Cox||OG||Nicholasville, KY||6-4||295||3-star, .8323|
|Eli James||DT (JUCO)||Oswego, IL||6-4||300||3-star, .8217|
|Quandre Mosely||CB||Brunswick, GA||6-1||195||3-star, .89|
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 19th, 2018 @ 11:31am
Four-star running back Travis Tisdale signed with Kentucky this morning, and if you’re looking for a player comparison, Vince Marrow’s got one for you: Boom Williams. Not only are both backs from state of Georgia, Marrow said they have similar speed and vision.
“First of all, he just had his visit this past weekend with his parents and I’m going to tell you, a very high-character kid, humble kid. But yeah, he reminds me of Boom. A guy that’s a very patient runner, a very smart runner but when he hits that hole, he can go the distance.”
The Valdosta native led Georgia’s largest division of football in rushing yards (1,903 yards) and touchdowns (23). Marrow believes he’ll be the perfect addition to Kentucky’s backfield, which already includes AJ Rose and power runners like Kavosiey Smoke and Chris Rodriguez.
“We’ve been saying, we’ve got some nice big backs right now but I think we needed another kid like Boom. Like AJ Rose. This kid, he reminds me of Boom so much that I think our fans are going to be very excited to see him play.”
Based on that description, I’m very excited to watch his highlights.
Running Back | 5-9 | 165 lbs.
Valdosta, GA | Lowndes
|ESPN||No. 291 | 18 RB||Top247||37 RB | 58 GA|
|Rivals||11 APB | 81 GA||247 Comp.||35 RB | 62 GA|