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Kentucky Football Coaches Set to Visit Two Four-Star Recruits

Less than a week away from National Signing Day, Kentucky football coaches are hitting the road to see a pair of four-star recruits in the 2019 class.

KSR has learned that UK coaches will have in-home visits Thursday with wide receiver Devonta Lee and cornerback Jay Ward.

The trip to Louisiana is just a few days after Lee opted to remain home last weekend, instead of making the drive to Lexington for an unofficial visit.  The Cats had plenty of momentum in his recruitment following an official visit in December.  Tomorrow is UK’s last chance to captivate the Top 200 athlete before he officially visits LSU this weekend.

Kentucky coaches will be in Moultrie, Georgia to visit Jay Ward for the second time in ten days.  In-between in-home visits, Ward canceled a trip to Florida State to officially visit Kentucky over the weekend.

LSU is considered Kentucky’s top competition for each recruit.  Lee has received the pitch to be a “home state hero,” while Ward’s Death Valley experience led him to de-commit from UK in November.  Kentucky is close to securing another commitment from Ward, but they’ll have to bring their A-game to convince Lee to leave his home state.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

18 Comments for Kentucky Football Coaches Set to Visit Two Four-Star Recruits

  1. TheAssman
    8:09 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    2 four stars is definitely better than 4 two stars

    • LexJim
      9:36 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      Bill Curry might argue differently.???

    • mashburnfan1
      10:44 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      Tell Josh Allen that. I will take 1 of him {2 star} over 20 Fatt Elams {4 or 5 star}. Sometimes players just get overlooked {Allen} and sometimes players get over hyped {Elam}. Sometimes it alsomatters how hard the player {regardless of ranking} wants to be better.

    • notFromhere
      10:49 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      Mashburnfan is right. Matt Elam, Micah Jones, and others ranked in the 4s didn’t practice/play to their potential. You want to get the best available that want it and want to be here to do it. Josh Allen and Randall Cobb all day over even a Denzil Ware and a Matt Elam. End of the day, I appreciate all of the kids that play through their college career for the Cats

    • My Dixie Wrecked
      7:43 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      One 2-star prospect turns out like Josh Allen out of what? 10,000 of them? All of a sudden everyone says stars mean nothing. Do the research and all the studies will show you about 25% of 5-star recruits will be drafted in the first 2 rounds of the NFL draft. Stars do mean something.

    • My Dixie Wrecked
      7:52 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      247 Sports has a great article. Over the past few drafts, only 1% of all 2-star recruits were drafted at all. 5% of all 3-star recruits were drafted. 61% of all 5-star recruits were drafted by the NFL.

    • ClutchCargo
      7:58 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      It’s silly to compare overachieving 2 stars to a couple of 4 star busts and jump to the conclusion that stars don’t matter. A roster full of 2 stars will get you Joker or Bill Curry results, at best.

    • ClutchCargo
      8:00 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      And damn you people for putting me in a position where I have to agree with My Dixie Wrecked on something. Ha!

  2. EastKYCAT
    8:11 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    Big moment for Kentucky!!!! If we can pull both that will change things on defense and offense of side for who will start in 2019. Because both would start immediately. However if we can at least pull one that would be more likely Ward, which we need.

  3. notFromhere
    8:21 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    JWard looks good in that uni! They would both look great in UK black and Blue! Come on home fellas!

  4. jacksen23
    9:38 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    Dillon Johnson out of Mississippi is next up. 4 ?? recruit out of the 2020 class.

    • jacksen23
      9:39 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      4 star*

    • notFromhere
      10:50 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      Looks great, doesn’t he

    • Caytsby60
      1:02 am January 31, 2019 Permalink

      If we’re just naming 2020 RB’s that don’t have offers from UK, my vote is for Chris Tyree. Runs a 4.23 forty according to ESPN

  5. Trevathan
    9:44 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    Have a hard time believing ward starting immediately is a definite thing. Cant underestimate our depth simply because hes a 4 star and current roster wasnt. Agree about lee if he is as advertised.

  6. Alleykat16
    10:28 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    Bring these 2 back to Kentucky. We need both but one will do. There’s nothing wrong with those 2 * players they turn into top 5 NFL draft picks, sometimes.

  7. TheAssman
    11:08 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    I’ll take my chances with 4 star players all day, every day instead of a 1 out of 500 2 star that beats the odds

  8. ukkatzfan
    11:09 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    They can lose to ala in the west or beat ala in the SEC championship.