The trip to San Antonio isn’t just about playing in the Army All-American Bowl, at least for Drew Barker. KSR is hearing the UK quarterback signee is actively recruiting other players to join him in Lexington during this week’s practices and other bowl-related festivities.
Matt Elam and Marcelys Jones, roommates in Texas, are two players Barker is recruiting heavily, but there are at least a couple other guys feeling the pressure from Barker who haven’t really been on our radar until now. One of those players is Travonte Valentine.
Valentine is the No. 7 defensive tackle and the 56th ranked player overall in 247Sports.com’s Top247. He committed to Miami last May, but he’s at least listening to what Barker is pitching and a Wednesday night phone call with the UK coaching staff alongside Barker has him considering switching his scheduled official visit to Alabama to an official visit to Kentucky.
Valentine is good friends with Matt Elam and he told 247Sports.com, “He’s like my little brother. He’s been talking about Kentucky. I think they said me and Matt Elam can be the tandem going into Kentucky so we’ll see.”
Erick Smith is another player Barker is pursuing in San Antonio this week. He’s a four-star safety, considered to be an Ohio State lean. Smith is very close to Marcelys Jones — they’re high school teammates — and they’re both entertaining the idea of playing at Kentucky.
This could be a HUGE weekend for UK football recruiting and Matt Elam could get the ball rolling with a commitment, potentially setting up a package deal with the others.