Summer football camp season opened today at Kroger Field. Hundreds of campers worked with UK coaches inside the stadium and on the practice field throughout the day. KSR was on the sideline to see who was the best of the best on day one.
1. Nik Scalzo, Big Visor Guy
I guess Matt Jones isn’t the only person who still wears visors. Scalzo is bringing the visor back. The Kentucky quarterback commit rocked one throughout the camp’s entirety.
Scalzo also spent plenty of time talking to Mark Stoops, Darin Hinshaw and Terry Wilson in-between reps. Normally the QB commits spend more time talking than working; not Scalzo. He remained involved the entire time, showing off throws though the entire passing tree. His prettiest pass might be the deep fade. He puts a wonderful touch on the ball and never looks uncomfortable. As you’ll see from his short routes, he gets the ball out of his hand quickly.
Terry Touchdown and Darin Hinshaw watch Scalzo and the other QBs do work pic.twitter.com/sFfKy7vbiy
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) June 9, 2018
Watching Nik Scalzo throw darts at Kroger Field pic.twitter.com/PgMqbQ5ZeT
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) June 9, 2018
Scalzo wasn’t the only impressive quarterback at the camp. Lexington Catholic’s Beau Allen, son of former UK quarterback Bill Allen, is a junior-to-be with a pretty spiral. Allen’s best throws are deep outs, one of the most difficult passes to throw. Throwing to unfamiliar wide receivers, he still hit them in stride out of the break. Allen has a scholarship offer from Kentucky.
2. A Stand-Out South Florida Wide Receiver
During camps, there’s usually one or two wide receivers that do not look like the rest. Today that wide receiver was Kingsley Grissett. A 6’4″ 175-pounder 2019 prospect, usually size takes away from speed. That’s not the case with Grissett. In fact, his best asset is that he’s light on his feet. Most would use the word “smooth” to describe his game, but “graceful” might be a better adjective.
From Pompano Beach, Florida, last year the three-star prospect played with UK freshman defensive back Jamari Brown at Blanche Ely High School. Grissett’s offer sheet does not have any Power Five schools, but that will likely change after today’s camp. Speaking of offers…
3. Offers Extended to In-State Prospects
The Big Dog put in a little extra work after camp. Vince Marrow met with Tristan Cox, a 2021 athlete from Somerset, to extend him a scholarship offer.
— Tristan Cox (@Tcox022) June 10, 2018
Kentucky also offered a pair of rising juniors from Ballard. Kentucky is cornerback Josh Minkins Jr.’s first scholarship offer. Running back Markeice Warner earned his offer after reportedly running a 4.37 40-yard dash.
4. I Feel Bad for Offensive Linemen
I don’t understand how they’re supposed to put hands on pass-rushing defensive linemen when they aren’t wearing shoulder pads. The slippery defensive linemen always have the advantage, but they don’t always win.
The most entertaining player at the camp was a large, blonde offensive tackle. He might have been the biggest guy there, but he probably doesn’t have the height or length to play Division I football. He does have the nastiness for it. He mauled player after player and hit every opponent with a cock-strong punch. At one point I thought they might have to break up a fight. The best part? Before he left the field, he removed his cleats, put on a pair of blue jeans over his shorts, then threw on a pair of square-toed cowboy boots.
Arguably the most-talented offensive lineman on campus did not participate in camp activities. 2020 LCA offensive tackle Walker Parks took an unofficial visit just a few days after receiving a scholarship offer from Clemson. The legacy recruit received plenty of attention from the Kentucky coaching staff.
5. Leaders Emerge
Kentucky football players weren’t required to be at today’s camp, but there were still a dozen or so in attendance. Drake Jackson, Dom Williams, C.J. Conrad, Terry Wilson, Josh Paschal and Josh Allen were just a few that caught my eye. Voluntarily attending a camp is a little thing, but it’s the little things that make a big difference when it matters most.