It’s a big Kentucky football recruiting weekend, both figuratively and literally.
Mark Stoops is hosting a plethora of official visitors this weekend. The biggest player on campus is also one of the the highest-ranked recruits to ever officially visit Kentucky’s campus.
Offensive guard Justin Rogers is ranked by Rivals as the No. 10 player in America. The last five-star prospect to officially visit Kentucky was Micah Johnson, ESPN’s ninth-ranked player in the 2006 recruiting class. Unlike Johnson, Rogers is an out-of-state prospect from the Detroit suburb of Oak Park. Stoops used the opportunity to play defense to convince the top-ranked player from Michigan in 2018 to come to UK. Will that same pitch work for Marquan McCall’s old teammate?
Rogers isn’t the only blue chip offensive lineman on campus.
From Martin Luther King High School in Detroit, Deondre Buford is a four-star prospect ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 24 offensive tackle in America. Tennessee, Auburn and LSU are just a few of the other schools pursing Buford. Four-star offensive tackle John Young is officially visiting this weekend before he announces his college decision Monday evening. He told Larry Vaught on Thursday he already has a good idea which team he’s picking.
“I think I have my mind made up,” Young said.
Reading the tea leaves in Young’s recruitment is not difficult. The bigger question is whether or not Young can convince another in-state star, four-star quarterback Beau Allen, to become a Wildcat. Allen will be on UK’s campus a week after taking an official to Washington State.
Rounding up the guest list is Andru Phillips. The three-star cornerback grew up in Louisville before his family moved to South Carolina. Now he’s one of the 15 best players in the talent-rich state.
Vince Marrow has brought the Big Dogs into Lexington this weekend.