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Five-Star Kentucky Football Target Sets Decision Date

247 Sports

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Kentucky is seeking the services of a five-star All-American defensive lineman. In just over two weeks the Wildcats will find out if they’ve won the recruiting sweepstakes.

Damon Payne announced Friday afternoon that he will reveal his college decision Sunday, July 26. According to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Payne is the No. 1 defensive tackle in America. Of Payne’s ten finalists, Kentucky is perceived to be near the top of his list alongside Alabama, USC and Arizona State.

Hailing from Belleville, MI, Payne is the latest big-name recruiting target for UK defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale. In the last recruiting class, Coach Clink successfully picked up the signature from the highest-ranked recruit in program history, Justin Rogers. If Payne joins the fold, he would be the fourth blue chip recruit from Michigan to commit to Kentucky in the last three years.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

10 Comments for Five-Star Kentucky Football Target Sets Decision Date



  1. SuperTroy18
    2:30 pm July 10, 2020 Permalink

    Gotta land this guy, if only to call him “Major Payne”. Or maybe Tom Leach can coin the phrase “Damon brings the Payne!”



  2. mashburnfan1
    2:38 pm July 10, 2020 Permalink

    Amazing how this staff now has young men like this even considering UK. I would bet most if these kids did not even know UK had a football team eight years ago.



  3. csnailnrun
    2:59 pm July 10, 2020 Permalink

    Impressive



  4. BobbyBlue
    3:54 pm July 10, 2020 Permalink

    I never dreamed UK would ever really be in contention for players of this caliber,that were not Ky born, and raised.
    Go Cats !



  5. BigBluSoTru
    5:15 pm July 10, 2020 Permalink

    Janes Streble just mentioned this recruit on his radio show with Sweeney stated we are are his second choice.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      6:24 pm July 10, 2020 Permalink

      Walter Cronkite just reported that you aren’t funny.



  6. grammarpoliceUK
    6:46 pm July 10, 2020 Permalink

    BigBluSoTru, I’ll bet you’re the life at a party.No where else except with a bunch of extremely drunk people would anyone believe anything you say!



  7. SpontaneousHumanCombustion
    7:35 pm July 10, 2020 Permalink

    Sorry guys, but it’s Bama.



    • bigbluebg
      10:03 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

      I’m ok with losing cruiting battles to Bama.

      However, I feel like lately the coaches have told recruits to allow other teams to think they have recruits in the bag…only for the cats to scoop em up on decision day. Example would be USC and doughnut.



    • satcheluk
      9:46 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Are you one of those guys who always assumes the worst, so you’re never disappointed? It’s a common defense mechanism for those with less developed coping skills.