Kentucky is hosting a handful of 2022 prospects on campus the weekend of June 11 for official visits in hopes of filling out their class with the December signing day now just six months away. However, the quarterback recruiting is pretty much done for this recruiting cycle.
Coaching staffs must work early for quarterbacks, and the Kentucky football program is currently on the prowl to find their guy for the class of 2023. There are some rising juniors that the staff has focused on after swinging big on five-star Malachi Nelson and other no doubters. Here are the players to monitor as the summer recruiting heats up throughout the college football landscape.
Measurables: 6-foot-4, 200 pounds
Home: Birmingham (Ala.) Briarwood Christian
2020 numbers: 61% completion rate, 1,969 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 8.0 yards per attempt, 70 rushing yards
Offers: UAB (July 26, 2019), Troy (Jan. 12), Houston (March 14), Kentucky (May 21), Georgia Tech (May 27), Duke (June 6), Louisville (June 7)
Visits/Camps: Alabama (June 2), Clemson (June 4), Duke (June 6), Wake Forest (June 7), Georgia (June 10), Auburn (June 15), Florida (June 25), Kentucky (TBD), Vanderbilt (TBD)
Film Room: Vizzina is a tall quarterback who towers over his offensive line at the high school level. This provides a visual level that allows the pocket passer to quickly deliver the ball from on-platform. Shows some excellent touch on fade routes and enough power to deliver on deeps posts. Creates easy velocity and is used in boot action that will be similar to concepts found in Liam Coen’s pro-style attack. Gains power from the backfoot and does not drive with lead foot on throws. Has a frame that should easily add muscle and good weight. Similar build to Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Skinny: Vizzina has seen his stock blow up in June with Duke and Louisville delivering offers. The quarterback prospect received recognition after an Elite 11 regional performance in Nashville to go along with some interest from big-time programs. Georgia hosted the quarterback for a camp visit on Thursday. KSR spoke with the signal-caller earlier this week and he is planning on getting to Lexington at some point.
“I talked to Coach Coen about it and I do plan on getting up there this summer,” said Vizzina. “All these schools are asking me to come up but I am putting my school team first so I work my schedule around my high school.”
Measurables: 6-foot-2, 190 pounds
Home: Memphis (Tenn.) Lausanne Collegiate School
2020 numbers: 54.1% completion rate, 912 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, one interception, 10.73 yards per attempt
Offers: Vanderbilt (June 1), Memphis (June 6), Cincinnati (June 8), Kentucky (June 8)
Visits/Camps: Memphis (June 6), Cincinnati (June 8), Arkansas State (June 11), Vanderbilt (June 13), Tennessee (June 17), Kentucky (June 23), Oklahoma (June 26, TBD)
Film Room: Playing for Lausanne Collegiate School, Glenn consistently attempted to stretch the field vertically. Whether up the seam or down the sideline, Glenn takes his fair share of vertical shots. In the pocket, the quarterback shows some solid pocket movement skills consistently shifting to create clear throwing windows with the ability to deliver the ball accurately off-platform. This is a must-have trait for any quarterback that is not tall. Played in only six games last season, but posted impressive numbers. Has a propensity to launch loft passes but delivered with great touch similar to former Florida quarterback Kyle Trask.
Skinny: Glenn’s recruitment is starting to pick up steam, and Kentucky’s coaching staff threw its hat in the ring on Wednesday night. Coen has been in contact with the Tennessee product and the 2023 quarterback will be on campus before the June recruiting period ends. If Glenn throws for the staff and impresses, Kentucky may just put the full-court press on to earn a commitment.
Measurables: 6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Home: Douglasville (Ga.) South Paulding
2020 numbers: 49.5% completion rate, 641 passing yards, 10 touchdowns (6 pass, 4 rush), 4 interceptions, 5.88 yards per attempt, 212 rushing yards, 5.6 yards per rush
Offers: Eastern Kentucky (May 19)
Visits/Camps: Georgia (June 1), Louisville (June 5), Kentucky (June 6), Auburn (June 7), Virginia Tech (June 11), Penn State (June 20), Michigan State (June 27)
Film Room: Weisman played in just seven games as a sophomore starter for South Paulding, but brings some real value as a runner. Weisman is slippery in the pocket and flashed some ability to make defenders miss in space. The dual-threat was clocked at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash while visiting Louisville. There is legit arm talent combined with the ability to play make off-platform.
Skinny: Weisman is visiting a ton of schools this cycle looking for his first Power Five offer. The quarterback left Lexington without an offer but performed well at Kentucky’s first Sunday Showcase Camp. Keep this name in mind if the Wildcats miss out on some targets.
QB target Kasen Weisman hit on a few vertical throws today. pic.twitter.com/u79TguzOdt
— Adam Luckett (@AdamLuckettKSR) June 6, 2021
Measurables: 6-foot-3, 180 pounds
Home: Austin (Texas) Lake Travis
2020 numbers: 67.9% completion rate, 1,409 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 10.51 yards per attempt
Offers: UTSA (Oct. 29, 2020), SMU (Oct. 29, 2020), Oklahoma State (Feb. 19), Purdue (April 16), Penn State (April 20), Tulsa (April 29), Michigan State (May 4), Utah (May 7), Kentucky (May 14)
Visits/Camps: Oklahoma State (June 6)
Film Room: Of all the targets for Kentucky, Edmundson has the best talent surrounding him. Lake Travis is home to 2022 wide receiver Caleb Burton who is a five-star prospect that is committed to Ohio State. Yet, the 2023 quarterback is constantly throwing receivers open. The 6-foot-3 pocket passer operates strictly out of the shotgun in the spread attack utilized by Lake Travis and is used on boots or rollouts frequently. The passer generates easy velocity on all throws and the ball jumps out of his hand. Edmundson shows excellent accuracy on deep throws and ball placement on sideline passes are away from defenders. This is a blue-chip quarterback.
Skinny: Edmundson has not done much talking with the media, so it’s unsure where he will visit the rest of the month and who is in the actual lead. However, there were glowing reviews after his camp at Oklahoma State as his offer list continues to grow. By all accounts, this is a kid that loves the game of football. Former Kentucky staffer Tommy Mangino is now the offensive coordinator at Lake Travis so that could give the Wildcats a fighting chance in this recruitment. The program has never really recruited the state of Texas under Mark Stoops, and landing a high-profile quarterback could be a difficult task.