This Saturday is set up to be a major 24 hours for the University of Kentucky. Not only does the number one team in the land host North Carolina for the first time since 2012 but the football program is set up for a major day as well. Class of 2015 seniors will be rolling onto campus in a major way and on the radio show Matt called the group possibly the best assemblage of talent the football staff has had on campus at one time. Just who are these elite talents? Let’s take a look:
The man needs no introduction. Damien Harris is a superstar offensive talent that this state may produce once once or twice in a decade. Harris was on campus for just about every home football game this past season and recently announced he’d make his decision on January 9th. Perhaps he is waiting to see who Stoops brings in for the offensive coordinator position or how Alabama fares against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. Either way Saturday will be one final chance for the staff to wow Berea’s finest.
Marcus Lewis is a cornerback/wide receiver out of the D.C. hotbed that Coach Mainord has found a great deal of success. Just last week Mainord and Ansley dropped by for an in home.
– Marcus Lewis (@THE_NUMERO_UNO) December 5, 2014
Lewis holds offers from top schools from all over the nation and could make an instant impact to Kentucky’s secondary if he were to pick the Cats. Teammate Jabari Greenwood could be the difference in his recruitment.
Another guy that could potentially join Lewis in the secondary is cornerback Nate Dalton out of Houston, TX. Both Stoops brothers have been battling for Dalton’s commitment but recently the Texan saw his stock explode with offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, and Washington State. At 6’4, 190, he’s another player that could see immediate playing time on defense.
Kyle Oliver is a tight end out of Murfreesboro, TN who is a current commitment to the Volunteers. With Darryl Long completing a redshirt season and CJ Conrad getting ready to enroll in a few weeks it is hard to see Stoops and the staff getting the kid to flip. One thing is for sure, you can never say never when the position needs guys that can come in and play next season.
Attending with Oliver will be his teammate Josh Smith, an inside linebacker and 4-star recruit. Back in the summer Smith committed to play football for Vandy which is where his older brother, Emmanuel Smith, currently plays. Then the ‘Dores took a big step back by going 3-9 and winless in the SEC. Linebacker is a position where Kentucky needs some major depth for the future. Smith could provide that in a big way.
Along with the five recruits this weekend will feature a bunch of commitments: Eli Brown, Kei Beckham, Jabari Greenwood, George Asafo-Adjei, Marcus Walker, Mason Wolfe, and Levon Livingston will all be in Lexington to see campus and the big game.
In addition to all that, Drake Jackson is set to make his college choice known as well. It’s shaping up to be a major Saturday for the Commonwealth’s team.