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Checking in on Kentucky’s Top Recruits

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We are two weeks in for KHSAA Football, but many states across the nation just got rolling this past Friday. There are several recruits that have yet to play, and we will have updates on them when their seasons begin. But for the time being, here are updates on ten of Kentucky’s top commits.

In-State Commits

Zy’aire Hughes, RB/WR, McCracken County- Following his rough opener against Paducah Tilghman, Hughes found his groove against Warren Central in a 56-35 win. The senior athlete ran for 204 yards and a touchdown. Hughes has totaled 242 rushing yards and 85 receiving yards in his first two games.

Landon Young, OL, Lafayette- After being named to the Rivals Top 100 Players for 2016, Young has helped Lafayette to a 2-0 start. The senior o-lineman protected for quarterback Walker Wood last week when Wood threw for 293 yards and the team rushed for 275. Young and Lafayette go to Trinity this Friday.

Kash Daniel, QB/LB, Paintsville- He is mentioned in every article I write, and for good reason. Daniel has totaled 22 tackles in his first two games, including 16 last week. On the offensive side of the ball, Daniel has run for 192 yards and five touchdowns on only 18 carries. Daniel will be matched up with Pikeville’s Daric Pugh this Friday night.

Drake Jackson, OL, Woodford County- With Woodford County at 1-1 to begin the season, all the attention has been on Drake Jackson. With speculation he could win the Mr. Football Award, Jackson is worth the short drive from Lexington to see him play this season.

Davonte Robinson, CB/RB, Henry Clay- Robinson was on the field Friday for our game of the week against St. Xavier. On defense, Robinson showed his hard-hitting style of play and desire to win games (The dude is intense). Robinson struggled on offense, fumbling twice. His offensive struggles were overshadowed by his tremendous blocked punt to set up Henry Clay’s second half touchdown. Robinson announced he will make an official visit to Notre Dame when the Irish take on USC.

Russ Yeast. (Photo by News-Messenger)

Russ Yeast. (Photo by News-Messenger)

Out of State Commits

Gunnar Hoak, QB, Coffman High School (Ohio)- Hoak had his season debut as captain for Coffman last Friday. The class of 2016 commit threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a win over fellow UK-commit Kordell Looney and Springfield. Hoak will be enrolled at UK next semester once he wraps up his high school career.

Dakota Holtzclaw, TE, Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio)- Also in his season opener, Holtzclaw reeled in three passes in 27-24 win. You can see them here (and pretty much any highlight you want to see).

Jordan Griffin, DB/WR, Jonesboro High School (Georgia)- Signed on as a defensive back with UK, Griffin garnered attention with a big performance as a wide receiver last week. Griffin caught nine passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with under a minute to play.

Benny Snell, RB, Westerville Central (Ohio)-  Snell was an absolute beast in his season opening victory, running for 194 yards on 17 carries for a pair of big touchdowns.  Let his highlights WOW you.

Mac Jones, QB, The Bolles School (Florida)- The pro-style quarterback opened the season with 185 yards passing on 10/15 passing. Jones threw touchdowns of 49, 38, and 35 and ran for one touchdown in a blowout win for traditional-powerhouse Bolles.

Russ Yeast, Athlete, Fremont Ross (Ohio)- Yeast played the game under center, throwing 10/20 for 153 yards. He also ran for 127 yards in an opening night loss.

Also worth a note, Jermaine Eskridge (2018 commit) will be in attendance for Kentucky’s game against Florida.



Article written by Trey Huntsman

The KSR Baseball guy. Follow me on Twitter @TreyHuntsmanSEC.

2 Comments for Checking in on Kentucky’s Top Recruits

  1. Reese Davis
    9:42 pm September 1, 2015 Permalink

    This article makes it sound like Devonte Robinson was an absurd stud against St. X…. He fumbled twice and got his ass beat 40-13. He didn’t have one hard hit. So inaccurate

  2. Bleed Blue
    1:30 pm September 2, 2015 Permalink

    Pikeville will destroy Paintsville. Pikeville is one of the best 3 teams in the mountains this year. They have already beaten Prestonsburg and Letcher County Central and made both look like Middle School Teams. If you have a chance to watch Pikeville do so, they are extremely good for a Class A team.