The Wildcats will have to wait a little bit longer for an answer from Kentucky’s top in-state talent. Jager Burton, a four-star talent out of Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington, confirmed Sunday he’ll be taking longer than originally anticipated to make his college decision amid Coronavirus restrictions. The 2021 recruit has had his official campus visits delayed due to the virus, which is understandably affecting his ability to make his final decision.
Burton originally announced the possibility of a delayed decision in early April, saying he would commit shortly after his five official visits took place. At the time, he was still hopeful that could be in August. However, now that we’re into the middle of June and coronavirus is still affecting travel and recruiting plans, the odds aren’t looking good Burton would be able to complete those five visits and make a decision before his August 24th birthday.
“I will be pushing my commitment back from August 24. I want to weigh all my options and take all five of my official visits to make the best possible decision for me and my family,” Burton wrote online.
Those five visits will be to Kentucky, Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon. The Ducks are the only school that would present a major travel issue – since its unlikely the Lexington native could drive to his visit in Eugene, Oregon – but the NCAA’s mandatory dead period for in-person recruiting currently exists through July 31, regardless.
The 6-foot-4, 271-pound lineman recently saw a massive leap in the national rankings. Burton jumped a whopping 109 spots to the No. 61 overall player in 247 Sports’ national recruiting rankings, and he is now listed as the site’s No. 3 offensive guard in the nation.
I will be pushing my commitment back from August 24. I want to weigh all my options and take all five of my official visits to make the best possible decision for me and my family.
— Jager Burton (@jager_burton) June 21, 2020
Back in 2018, Mark Stoops and the UK football program hosted Burton on an unofficial visit where they extended the four-star prospect his first scholarship offer.
“It was shocking,” Burton said in an interview with KSR. “My parents weren’t even with me. I just had one of my friends, then Kentucky did it. I cried. It was like a dream come true. I’m forever grateful for them being the first school to take a chance on me.”
The delayed decision also means UK will have more time to keep making graphics like this in order to help sway Burton’s ultimate decision to become an in-state star, as well as join his high school teammate, Dekel Crowdus.