Rise and shine, BBN! We have plenty to celebrate on this glorious Friday morning.
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Joey Gatewood is a Kentucky Wildcat
Kentucky has reeled in its highest-rated quarterback prospect since Tim Couch.
On Thursday evening, Auburn quarterback transfer and former top-40 prospect Joey Gatewood announced on social media that he would be transferring to Kentucky.
— Joey Gatewood (@Joey1gatewood) December 5, 2019
The decision to transfer to Kentucky came after two visits to Lexington – one official against Tennessee and another unofficial against Louisville – followed by an in-home visit by Vince Marrow and the UK coaching staff this week. Despite interest from numerous elite programs, with Florida seen as another top contender, Kentucky was the only school Gatewood ended up visiting.
Gatewood, a 6-foot-5, 233-pound redshirt freshman out of Jacksonville, FL, was rated as a consensus four-star prospect in the class of 2018, with ESPN rating him the highest at No. 36 overall. Out of high school, Gatewood chose Auburn over offers from Florida, Clemson, Ohio State, and LSU, among 34 total scholarship offers.
The former four-star prospect played in seven games for the Tigers this season, completing five of seven passing attempts with two touchdowns. He added 29 rushes for 148 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Watch KSR’s Nick Roush break down Gatewood’s decision and the impact the former prized recruit will make in Lexington:
And then after that, check out the film breakdown of Gatewood’s game by KSR’s Adam Luckett:
To wrap it all up, watch his ridiculous high school highlight tape, where Gatewood proves that the Cam Newton comparisons are tough to ignore:
The Cats got a good one.
A massive recruiting weekend is set to begin
Looking for more reasons to be excited? How about the fact that Kentucky is set to host a duo of four-star prospects this weekend with just under two weeks until National Signing Day?
The first? Wide receiver Jimmy Calloway, who first committed to Tennessee in April. Recruited by Tee Martin, the four-star athlete from Marrow, Ga. is the Vols’ third-highest ranked commit. Even though he has been committed for quite some time, Calloway has kept his options open, leaving just enough room for the Wildcats to make a move. Rivals ranks Calloway as the No. 31 wide receiver in America and No. 169 player overall, while 247 Sports pits him in at No. 207 as the ninth-ranked athlete in the nation.
Four-star defensive tackle and former Ole Miss commit Josaih Hayes will also be in attendance, with the UK coaching staff coming off a four-deep trip to see the top-250 prospect at his school in Mississippi.
— Josaihhayes (@josaihhayes) December 4, 2019
Rated as a top-250 player according to 247Sports, Hayes is listed as the 21st best defensive tackle in the country and the fifth-best player in the state of Mississippi. His list of offers is massive and littered with premier programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, LSU, and Oregon, among others.
In late November, Hayes trimmed his list down to five schools; Kentucky, Ole Miss, Auburn, Memphis, and Mississippi State.
In some form or fashion, the Kentucky coaching staff has visited the likes of John Young, Izayah Cummings, Tre’vonn Rybka, Tyler Baron (uncommitted), Kalil Branham, Michael Drennen (uncommitted), Octavious Oxendine (uncommitted), Hayes (uncommitted), JuTahn McClain, and Joshua Jones, among numerous others.
Mark Stoops said on his call-in radio show on Monday that he was planning on being in upwards of 23 living rooms this week meeting with recruits and their families, and it certainly looks like he’s on pace to reach and likely surpass that number.
John Calipari previews Fairleigh Dickinson
In his weekly pre-game press conference, Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke to the media to break down his team’s recent stretch of play and UK’s upcoming game against Fairleigh Dickinson.
Among the individual topics discussed? Kentucky’s three-year series agreement with Michigan and how it came to fruition, what the Wildcats need to do if they want a chance at making a title run, and being patient with the young players, among others.
Take a look at the entire presser below:
Come get your basketball injury update
Last week, Kentucky forward Nate Sestina fractured his wrist in practice, an injury Calipari said would keep him out anywhere from three to four weeks.
What’s the latest with his status? Is that timeline still accurate?
“He’s still two weeks, maybe three away from us figuring out if he can play,” Calipari said during his pre-Fairleigh Dickinson press conference. “[Right now he] watches practice. Does his treatments. Conditions so that when he comes back–the good news is it’s his left hand. Not going to affect shooting. May even help his shooting, so now you’re really that way vs. anything using this [left] hand, not involved at all.”
After Calipari said on his radio show on Monday evening that Dontaie Allen practiced for the first time, the freshman wing has apparently been out the past two practices with “knee soreness” and is “not nearly ready” to return to action.
“He practiced and then he’s out for two more days,” Calipari said. “So yesterday and today, knee soreness. He’s not nearly ready. He practiced one day, half of the practice maybe.”
Those were the only two players mentioned on Thursday afternoon, a great sign that EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans, and Immanuel Quickley are all back to 100% following their respective injuries.
KSR in an hour
This morning, Ryan Lemond and Drew Franklin will be joined on Kentucky Sports Radio by Cameron Mills, Antoine Walker, and Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch at Kentucky Foot Professionals at 2659 Regency Road in Lexington.
Today’s @KySportsRadio will be at Kentucky Foot Professionals at 2659 Regency Road in Lexington. @ryanlemond @DrewFranklinKSR & myself. Joined by former teammate @WalkerAntoine8 to talk about his new book, “Gone In An Instant”. Plus @5FDPChrisKael and @FFDP tickets!!!! pic.twitter.com/4KCwuNmB0v
— CAMERON MILLS (@CameronMillz) December 6, 2019
I can assure you those five individuals will never be in the same room ever again, so make sure you tune in.