Liam Coen was hired to fix the Kentucky offense. To do that, the program must find a quarterback.
In the class of 2022, the Wildcats were unable to close on top-100 prospect Gavin Wimsatt and the Owensboro, Ky., native will head to Rutgers next season. Kentucky rebounded quickly to land athlete Destin Wade out of Metro Nashville. However, Coen is still looking for his first big recruiting splash.
With the class of 2023, Kentucky has been unable to get quarterbacks with offers on campus for a proper evaluation. That will all change next week when both Chris Parson and Brock Glenn head to Lexington for the day camp.
Most all recruiting classes start with a quarterback prospect first. Kentucky must figure which players the staff wants to focus on when it comes to going all-in on recruiting as the season progresses. This is a position that usually commits pretty early and is not followed with many decommitments as opposed to other spots.
Wednesday will serve as a big moment for Kentucky’s 2023 recruiting class.
Early in this recruiting cycle, Kentucky made a big swing at five-star Malachi Nelson. That run didn’t last long as it appears that Nelson is set to join the Oklahoma QB fraternity that Lincoln Riley has built over in Norman. However, this newest target has plenty of star power.
Chris Parson is a highly sought-after talent out of Metro Nashville playing for Brentwood (Tenn.) Ravenwood. In the 247 Sports Composite, Parson is listed as a top-150 prospect and a top-five player in the state of Tennessee. Many schools are showing interest in the 6-0, 190-pound quarterback.
Parson spent his freshman season at Duncanville (Texas) High in 2019. In the state semifinals, Parson stepped in for injured Texas signee — and now Utah quarterback — Ja’Quinden Jackson in a postseason that ultimately ended in the Panthers losing the state championship game. As a sophomore, Parson played at Red Oak (Texas) High in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. The sophomore received spot duty completing 61.5 percent of his 52 throws with 3 touchdowns and a respectable 7.56 yards per attempt average to go along with 484 rushing yards while averaging 10.1 yards per rush.
Parson is a true dual-threat weapon at quarterback.
This a quarterback that has had a blue-chip recruitment. Kansas, Iowa, and Virginia Tech all issued offers before Parson’s sophomore season. Oregon State and TCU quickly followed. Kentucky and Syracuse both issued offers in May. Louisville, Florida State, Miami, and Tennessee have all sent out offers within the last two weeks.
Parson has been very busy this month with visits. The quarterback went to Ohio State and Louisville in the first week and made a stop at TCU this past Sunday. Parson will head to Virginia Tech on Friday, Florida State on Monday, and will then end up in Lexington on Wednesday.
— ?? (@C_Parson2) June 15, 2021
There is a long way to go, but Kentucky currently looks to be in the mix for what will surely be a blue-chip quarterback.
One of the most recent offers for the Kentucky football staff, Brock Glenn got the call from Kentucky just last week.
— Brock Glenn (@Brock1Glenn) June 9, 2021
The unranked prospect out of Memphis (Tenn.) Lausanne Collegiate School has seen his stock rise in recent weeks. To begin June, Vanderbilt issued an offer. After that, Glenn visited Arkansas State, Cincinnati, and Memphis with offers being delivered. Kentucky threw its hat in the ring on June 8.
In just six games last season, Glenn completed 54.1 percent of his 85 passes while averaging 10.73 yards per attempt with a very impressive 15/2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The quarterback told KSR that he plans to visit Tennessee on June 17 and Kentucky on June 23. The 6-foot-1 quarterback is a name to monitor.
This month should be an evaluation period for college football staffs as each tries to figure out their prospect board for the class of 2023. For quarterbacks, these prospects are visiting camps and throwing for teams to help set the recruiting pecking order.
Therefore, Wednesday is a monster day for Kentucky football.
To this point, only Metro Atlanta quarterback Kasen Weisman and Lexington (Ky.) Frederick Douglass quarterback Samuel Cornett have been on campus this month and both left Lexington without an offer. Kentucky has issued plenty of offers at the position but needs to get players on campus to truly complete the evaluation process and start building relationships.
The Wildcats will now have two high-profile targets working out in front of the coaching staff next week. This will be a big moment for the program.
What kind of recruiting chops does Coen have? We’re all about to find out.