— Elizabethtown (Ky.) John Hardin 5-star defensive tackle Matt Elam will take an official visit to Alabama this weekend.
Elam was downright euphoric after his Nov. 9 visit to Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide’s win over LSU and a return trip could potentially tip the scales of his recruitment back in Bama’s favor.
Since he was expected to pick Kentucky, not sure how you can read Elam’s decision to postpone his announcement as anything but bad news for the Wildcats, but still think UK leads heading into Elam’s visit this weekend.
— Wednesday marks the end of the dead period and it will be very telling as to whom the Kentucky staff reaches out to in an attempt to fill its four remaining spots in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day Feb. 5.
In addition to Elam, the UK staff would also like to add at least one more offensive lineman (tackle specifically) and another playmaker in the secondary.
— In addition to hosting three current commitments (Blake Bone, Jarrett LaRubbio and Stanley Williams), the Wildcats will also have a handful of recruiting targets on campus for official visits this weekend:
Birmingham (Ala.) Spain Park
Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 305
It will likely come down to UK and Mississippi State for Stallings, who is being recruited by UK offensive line coach John Schlarman.
Stallings is originally from Mississippi and had a brother who played at Ole Miss.
Niles (Ohio) McKinley
Ht: 6-8 | Wt: 300
Krok is currently committed to West Virginia but is mulling over a visit to Lexington this weekend.
Whether he actually makes it to campus will be a huge indication of his interest in the Wildcats.
Outside of Elam, offensive tackle is UK’s No. 1 priority to close out this class.
Eden Prairie (Minn.) Eden Prairie Senior
Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 250
Olson’s offer sheet (Yale, Nevada, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State) won’t blow you away but he’s a kid with a lot of upside.
Likely the UK staff wants to get him on campus and get a look at him before deciding to pull the trigger on a potential scholarship offer.
Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Catholic
Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 210
Louisville was the heavy favorite for Harrell before Charlie Strong’s departure, which has given Kentucky a chance to get its foot in the door for the talented playmaker and this weekend’s visit will go a long way in determining UK’s chances.
Harrell is cousins with UK running backs coach Chad Scott. Florida State, Michigan State and Ole Miss are also in the mix.
— Kentucky also had its eye on Louisville (Ky.) Seneca 4-star defensive end and former Vanderbilt commitment Lloyd Tubman, who followed James Franklin and flipped to Penn State.
It is unclear as to whether Tubman will take his scheduled official visit to UK this weekend.
— Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln defensive back Kendall Randolph has canceled his scheduled official visit to Louisville this weekend and is likely down to Kentucky and Oklahoma.
He will visit UK Jan. 24 and Oklahoma Jan. 31.
— UK defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley‘s name has been bandied about as a potential replacement for the same position at Georgia.
The Bulldogs recently lost their defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham, to Louisville, so the defensive backs hire may be put on the back burner for the time being.
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