Kentucky has landed two blue-chippers along the offensive line — Grant Bingham and Kiyaunta Goodwin — in the class of 2022. However, programs can never truly be finished recruiting the position.
Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne offensive tackle remains one of the top targets on Kentucky’s recruiting board. A top-five prospect in the state of Ohio ranks just outside the top-100 nationally per the 247 Sports Composite, but Kentucky still remains in hot pursuit of the 6-foot-6 offensive tackle.
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— Aamil Wagner (@AamilWagner) March 19, 2021
The blue-chipper released a top-six on March 19 and now plans to get out on some official visits in June. Ohio State got the first visit as Wagner made the trip to Columbus last weekend. Lettermen Row caught up with the high-profile offensive tackle who came away impressed with the Ohio State football operation.
“Excellence really, that’s probably the biggest thing I came away [from the visit] with,” Wagner told Lettermen Row. “Everything they do, they do with excellence.”
Ohio State pulled out the red carpet with the in-state recruit as Wagner met with the dean, hit it off with offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, talked about development with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and got familiar with some currently offensive line players on the Ohio State roster. However, Wagner is not rushing to a decision.
The blue-chipper plans to take all of his visits and is scheduled to get to Notre Dame and Penn State later this month. KSR has learned that Wagner will be in Lexington this weekend for his official visit. It will be imperative for the Kentucky coaching staff to make a strong impression.
The Big Blue Wall has built a really strong brand and that is starting to make waves on the recruiting trail. Kentucky is already on the board with two blue-chippers in 2022 after landing Jager Burton over Ohio State in the class of 2021. The Wildcats have a lot to sell when it comes to offensive line talent to go along with a couple of head-to-head recruiting wins — Burton, Goodwin — over the Buckeyes. However, this one is different.
Wagner is from the state of Ohio and the lure to play for the Buckeyes is often quite strong. However, the prospect has a family connection at Kentucky. His older brother, Ahmad, was a wide receiver in Lexington from 2018-19 and made a handful of plays for the offense. That connection will play a big role.
Recruiting ace Vince Marrow is in heavy pursuit at a high school where Kentucky has landed four previous recruits — Dorian Hendrix, Tobias Gilliam, Roland Walder, and Ahmad Wagner. The Wildcats will be in the running but will need to hit a home run with Wagner on campus this weekend.
This one could be a battle to watch on the recruiting trail.