When Kentucky received a commitment from a four-star offensive tackle Sunday night, Mark Stoops also brought in an aggressive recruiter.
Now that John Young has wrapped up his recruitment by rolling the dice with UK, he’s trying to get others in the fold. While completing his official visit over the weekend, he was giving his peers his best pitch.
“I started recruiting even before this weekend,” Young told KSR. “I knew I was going to be committing coming into this weekend; really started working on a lot of guys and I think we have some good news coming this week for some Kentucky fans. I think this class is really going to come together over the next few weeks going into the summer. I think Kentucky fans will be really pleased by the end of the summer how the class is shaping up. ”
How good this class be? UK’s best ever.
“I think this could be a really great class. I know rankings aren’t everything. They don’t really mean much, but I really do think we could have a top 15 class or possible a top 10 class as a whole.”
Much of that revolves around the highest-ranked recruit in Lexington, four-star quarterback Beau Allen. One of the prospects that officially visited UK’s campus this weekend, Young will not stop recruiting Allen until he commits.
“I am his buddy and the truth is I am going to do everything I can. I am gonna bug that dude until he blocks my number. I’m going to be on him until he commits,” said Young.
“I know that Kentucky stands in a really good spot with Beau and his family. He’s from there. Beau’s one of my best friends and I talk to him everyday. Now when I talk to him I always throw in, ‘you know it’s time to hop on board and start recruiting with me because we could really have something special with this class.’ That’s the God’s honest answer that I’ll be on him until he commits.”
Allen isn’t the only player Young is recruiting. He provided a few names for fans to keep an eye on throughout the recruiting season.
“One guy would be a cornerback from South Carolina. Andru Phillips would be a guy to know as a Kentucky fan right now. He’s from the state of Kentucky, I was childhood friends with him growing up, but ended up moving to South Carolina for his family’s work. I think he’s a guy that would love to come back home. I think the staff would love to see it, as well as I.”
Phillips is making a big announcement tonight, one that could bode well for the Big Blue Nation.
“I’d say Vito Tisdale, the No. 1 ranked prospect in the state, safety from Bowling Green. If you don’t know him already, you should. He’s one of my top targets and I know he’s one of the top targets for the staff as somebody we want a part of this class,” Young added.
“I’d say Octavious Oxendine, a defensive tackle from North Hardin, another guy everybody is going to be on hard. I’m sure he’s a guy already a lot of Kentucky fans know, but if you don’t, you should. I’ll say Michael Drennen from up in Ohio, a four-star running back who also has offers from everywhere in the country, but I know he really likes Kentucky and he’s a guy I’m really going to go after hard.”
For those who closely follow UK football recruiting, the first few names did not come as a surprise. When he dropped Michael Drennen’s name…WOW. Like most Ohio recruits, UK was in on the Dublin-Coffman athlete early. When the four-star all-purpose back picked up an Alabama offer (on top of the Notre Dame and Ohio State offers) last month, I wrote off Kentucky’s chances. UK’s coaches and Young will not be giving up so easily.
As UK’s class takes shape in the coming months, Young will play a significant role in its creation. It’s not just lip-service. Just a few minutes after the interview, Young was already practicing what he preached.