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.
— Jager Burton (@jager_burton) August 27, 2020
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.