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Introducing Kentucky Football’s Top 2019 Targets: Kentucky

The Kentucky football team is gaining momentum just in time for peak summer recruiting season.

Mark Stoops has added four commitments since Sunday, and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.  Two members of UK’s 2019 recruiting class — Eli Cox and Shawnkel Knight-Goff — are Kentucky kids.  The floodgates could be broken for more top prospects from the Commonwealth to commit to Kentucky.  Here are the candidates:

JJ Weaver 
Defensive End | 6-6 | 230 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Moore Traditional
ESPN 50 DE| 7 KY Top 247 23 DE | 6 KY
Rivals — | 8 KY 247 Comp. 35 DE | 6 KY

Weaver is not originally from Louisville.  A native of Broward County, Florida, home of Nik Scalzo and Jake Pope, Weaver moved to Kentucky in eighth grade.  Last week the defensive end took an unofficial visit to Kentucky last weekend.  He left impressed.

“UK is showing me the most love right now,” Weaver told Rivals’ Dave Lackford.   Once perceived as a Louisville lean, he shot down that notion and complimented Kentucky’s campus.  Playing in the SEC is a big draw, but UK isn’t the only SEC school after Weaver.  Georgia is also pursuing Weaver, along with Miami and Purdue.

If Weaver had to commit today, he’d probably pick UK, but he will wait until his birthday on November 30 to decide.  Until then, Vince Marrow will be talking to the elite defensive end frequently.

Aidan Robbins 
Running Back/Linebacker | 6-3 | 225 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | DuPont Manual
ESPN 36 RB| 8 KY Top 247 48 RB | 9 KY
Rivals — | 10 KY 247 Comp. 62 RB | 10 KY

Robbins was once seen as a shoe-in to Vanderbilt, until Marrow got involved.  He took an unofficial visit to Lexington and now the Cats are sitting comfortably.  Matt House told the Manual athlete he could play linebacker too, but Eddie Gran wants Robbins at running back.  It looks like Robbins is seeking some advice from a pretty good one.

Robbins has already taken an official visit to Vanderbilt.  He’s set for officials at Missouri, Purdue and Kentucky before he makes his decision at the end of the summer.

Wandale Robinson  
All-Purpose Back | 5-9 | 180 lbs.
Frankfort, Ky. | Western Hills
ESPN 33 ATH| 6 KY Top 247 6 APB | 7 KY
Rivals — | 9 KY 247 Comp. 9 APB | 9 KY

Arguably the state’s best athlete, the Frankfort all-purpose back will most likely play slot receiver at the next level.  Marrow is pitching him the opportunity to be the next Lynn Bowden.  The Cats made some serious headway after an unofficial visit last weekend, but 247’s Steve Wiltfong still believes Robinson will become a Duke Blue Devil.  Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State are also in the mix.  Expect to hear Robinson’s decision prior to the end of summer.

Milton Wright  
Athlete | 6-3 | 190 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Christian Academy of Louisville
ESPN 44 WR| 5 KY Top 247 3 ATH | 1 KY
Rivals 33 WR| 2 KY 247 Comp. 13 ATH | 3 KY

He’s the most mysterious recruit in Kentucky and the highest-ranked.  The wide receiver/athlete is the No. 55 player in America according to 247.  A quiet kid who doesn’t have a Twitter account, it’s impossible to read where Wright stands.  He also hasn’t really taken any visits; those will happen later this summer.  Wright has a final five — UK, UofL, Alabama, Purdue and Ohio State — but the favorite to win Mr. Football is a long way from making an announcement.

Demontae “TaeTae” Crumes  
Wide Receiver | 6-1 | 165 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Butler Traditional
ESPN –| — Top 247 111 WR | 10 KY
Rivals –| — 247 Comp. 93 WR | 8 KY

The Butler wide receiver committed to Louisville just days after receiving a scholarship offer.  Once Kentucky and other offers started rolling in, Crumes realized he needed to see everything the recruiting process had to offer.  No longer a UofL commit, Michigan, Michigan State and Oregon have extended scholarship offers.  Even if UK doesn’t land him, the Cats’ offer effectively took away a player from Bobby Petrino.  Well done.

Potential Prospects

Jared Casey — The Louisville inside linebacker has flown under the radar.  He transferred form Trinity to Ballard last year, but had to miss the entire season with a torn labrum.  Last week he burst onto the recruiting scene by winning MVP honors for his position at the Rivals Camp in Nashville.  Oregon took notice and offered Casey.  Kentucky might not be far behind.

Trel Riley — A cornerback from Caldwell County, he only has offers from WKU and UT-Martin, but UK could enter the picture.

Langston Jackson —  Like Casey, the athlete from Henry Clay missed his junior football season with an injury.  Jackson recovered from a torn MCL to win today’s 3A State Title in the 100M.  He told the Herald-Leader that Dean Hood has been in touch.  Maybe Jackson is the next Charles Moushey?


Article written by Nick Roush

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

2 Comments for Introducing Kentucky Football’s Top 2019 Targets: Kentucky

  1. jlkirk
    9:31 pm May 19, 2018 Permalink

    What about Herron and Lacey?

  2. Hammy282
    5:12 am May 20, 2018 Permalink

    What about Marquel Tinsley WR out of Daviess County High School?