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In-state star and top UK target Jager Burton will announce decision this weekend



Kentucky football’s top recruiting target will announce his decision this weekend.

Jager Burton, Kentucky’s No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2021, has scheduled his commitment for Sunday, August 30 at 6 p.m. ET on his Instagram page (@jagerburton).

The finalists: Oregon, Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Kentucky.

Burton, a 6-4, 271-pound offensive lineman out of Lexington, KY, is considered the No. 59 overall prospect and No. 3 offensive guard in the 2021 247Sports Player Rankings. The hometown standout is considered a consensus four-star, top-250 prospect.

Earlier this month, Burton was kind enough to join Ryan Lemond and Drew Franklin on Kentucky Sports Radio, where he said he would like to get his college decision over with before the high school football season kicks off.

“If we end up having a season, I’m going to try to speed that up as much as possible, really sit down with my family and try to figure that out,” Burton said. “But for now, I’m just kind of waiting on confirmation on stuff and seeing if they’re going to come out with anything about official visits and all that because I do really wanna take those. Once I commit, I’m not taking any (visits), even if they have them.”

Before the coronavirus canceled in-person recruiting and official visits, Burton planned on taking trips to his finalists, Oregon, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Kentucky, with the latter two programs seen as his top two choices.

“They were my first offer,” Burton said of Kentucky. “They were the first school to really take a chance on me and I’ll always remember that.”

Burton described the close relationship he’s developed with Vince Marrow over the years.

“He kind of seems like a high school coach. Like not as close to me as (Frederick Douglass) Coach (Nate) McPeek are, but kind of like that relationship where it’s a friend and then a coach,” the in-state standout told KSR. “You know they’re there for you no matter what and it’s not just all about football. They genuinely care about you and want to see you succeed no matter what happens. That’s kind of how our relationship is.”

Kentucky, who has picked up all three Crystal Ball picks at 247Sports and six of seven FutureCast predictions over at Rivals, is hoping to add the four-star prospect to join its 15-man recruiting class in 2021.

After extending a scholarship offer back in November of 2018 – his first – we will finally see if Kentucky has done enough to fight off the blue bloods and keep Burton in Lexington.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for In-state star and top UK target Jager Burton will announce decision this weekend

  1. Bigblueswami
    2:10 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink


  2. SuperTroy18
    2:12 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Ooooooo man. Gotta get this kid. Cannot have him leave Lexington for one of the big boys. This is such a huge recruit. Will tell us if we’ve taken that next step or not.

  3. Bluehender
    2:18 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    We’re building something special here. Jager, join us and be the anchor. You’ll be beloved in this state. Go Cats!!

  4. KYJelly
    2:29 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    I’d say his choice will be UK. If they weren’t producing pros and top-notch O-lines, I’d be concerned

  5. UKinIN
    2:32 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Do we really believe he’s not going to postpone again? Taking all five visits has been his goal. Has he done that? And if it is Alabama then it’s Alabama. Kids usually end up where they belong.

  6. PensacolaCat
    2:38 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Hope this guy picks the Cats

  7. BowdenQB4ever
    2:48 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Would be huge for stoops to finally lock up an elite in state kid, but I’m not holding my breath. I do think the B1G cancelling helps us.

    • CJKAssassin123
      2:52 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

      Not really.

  8. CJKAssassin123
    2:52 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    This is a case where the virus may play into UK’s favor. It’s definitely going to be a factor, obviously not the deciding factor,but a fact nonetheless. I bet he picks UK.

  9. ClutchCargo
    3:23 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Just a hunch, but I expect good news for us on Sunday.

  10. bbn606
    4:52 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    We will probably be losing 4 starters off the line this year. He could play immediately but we don’t seem to fare well against Bama and Clemson.

  11. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    5:44 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Come be the next centerpiece of the new tradition of the BB Wall young man!

  12. grammarpoliceUK
    8:56 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Have to admit I never thought I’d see the day we were battling teams like Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State for recruits. Always hated seeing us steal recruits from MAC teams.

  13. T-Town Cat
    9:10 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Depends on how he wants to compete. Alabama has. commitments from the #1 and #3 Offensive Tackles, the #2 Offensive Guard, and the #1 Center in the country. Does he want to join that monster class or does he want to follow in the footsteps of our current home town hero lineman?

    • Ryan Lemonds Toupee
      10:28 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink


      T-TC is spittin’ truth