After a mighty successful early signing period, Kentucky decided to finish off the 2020 class with a bang by landing a signature from one of the top players on their recruiting board throughout this recruiting cycle. Mike Drennen II goes by Donut and he is a “plug and play” skill position talent. Many would call the Dublin Coffman product a positionless football player who can be used just about any skill position on the field. He will be unfairly compared to Lynn Bowden Jr., but there is no denying the playmaking ability he is bringing to Eddie Gran’s offense.
It is now time to take you into the KSR Film Room to show you just what type of player UK is getting. The Wildcats dodged a bullet by keeping Vince Marrow in Lexington and that helped close the deal on this blue-chip prospect. Drennen has the juice in space to make people miss and the acceleration to become a home run threat. This is something the offense desperately needs at the moment.
Despite being listed as an all-purpose back by all of the recruiting services, Drennen’s position at the next level will most likely be at wide receiver in Michael Smith’s position room working out of the slot. This role’s main purpose is to serve as a reliable target to the quarterback in the intermediate passing game, but Kentucky will also use them in different ways whether it be screens or in the horizontal run game. On the jet sweep action, Mike Drennen II flashes some of that playmaking ability that made him a coveted prospect in a concept that UK uses quite often.
Looking for elusiveness? It doesn’t take long to find when you turn on this guy’s tape. For Dublin Coffman, Drennen is used quite a bit as a running back in spread formations and they try to get him to the edge as much as possible. However, sometimes running between the tackles is required and you have to make people miss in a short amount of space. He flashes that skill with a very nifty spin move. He is excellent in isolation football.
When used in the intermediate passing game, Drennen shows off some of the toughness that is required for an inside receiver. You have to be able to make receptions in traffic on top of the sturdiness to run with the football. The blue-chip prospect has shown this ability and once the ball is securely in his hands he becomes very dangerous.
Kentucky will also require their slot guy to be involved in the vertical passing game and that would mean some routes going up the seam along the hashmarks. Drennen was used there in high school and he has the ability to get to the top of his route very quickly and make catches away from his body. The ceiling for this prospect is very high.
Mike Drennen II is a gadget player that was used as both a running back and wide receiver very successfully in high school. When scouting him, it doesn’t take long to notice his big time playmaking ability. Drennen has the wiggle and quick twitch needed to make defenders miss in short areas in addition to a change of direction that makes him very, very dangerous in space. In the run game, he’s used a lot on outside runs and his instincts take over as he read blocks and gets north/south quickly without messing around. He runs through contact in addition to being able weave around defenders when in open space. In the pass game, he is best utilized out of the slot and that will be his top spot in college.
Donut fills a role in a big position of need for Kentucky. The Wildcats have a huge void out of the slot to fill and desperately need player who can make plays in space and win in space. Drennen meets those requirements and he will have a great chance to make an impact as a rookie. He’s a “plug and play” true freshman.