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A Five-Star Recruit Headlines Kentucky Football’s Official Visitor Guest List

A young Justin Rogers with current Wildcat Marquan McCall (via

A young Justin Rogers with current Wildcat Marquan McCall (via

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.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for A Five-Star Recruit Headlines Kentucky Football’s Official Visitor Guest List

    6:26 pm April 26, 2019 Permalink

    Sorry that is wrong Stoops had a *5 verbal from that Kid from Florida. I think his last name was Escridge or something that then he decommited couple years ago. Kid was a top 20 player in country. Plus Landon Young was a 5* by some services. Where do you get some of your intelligence?

    • MontyCats
      11:36 am April 27, 2019 Permalink

      Several services had Micah Johnson a top 10 player also

  2. J. Did
    6:28 pm April 26, 2019 Permalink

    My bad; my apologies. Meant to put forth a link to ‘sign language’.

  3. KYCat4EVER
    8:58 am April 27, 2019 Permalink


  4. WildcatCam
    12:09 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    Also, wasn’t Damien Harris a 5 star kid? And Matt elam? I’m confused at this article.