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Kentucky to Host Four-Star LSU Commit for Official Visit (Well, actually…)

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The penultimate football recruiting weekend is featuring big names from the south.

Three four-star recruits will be in Lexington: Georgia athlete Jimmy Calloway, Mississippi defensive tackle Josaih Hayes and Alabama defensive tackle Eric Taylor (no, not the coach from Friday Night Lights).  Hayes was once committed to Ole Miss, Calloway is committed to Tennessee and Taylor is committed to LSU.

A product of Hewitt-Trussville High School in Alabama (the school where Bear Bryant’s grandkid plays quarterback), Taylor is the No. 25 defensive tackle in America according to Rivals and 247. He will play in the Under Armor All-American Game Jan. 2 in Orlando.

Like Hayes, Taylor is recruited by Jon Sumrall, the first-year UK linebackers coach who’s been tearing up the trail. Sumrall convinced Taylor to camp at UK in the summer. A week later he visited LSU, committing to the Tigers shortly after.

Taylor now finds himself in a recruiting class with four other talented defensive linemen. Playing for a potential CFB Playoff team certainly is an attractive proposition, but some of the allure may be diminished in a crowded position room. Kentucky will give Taylor their best pitch this weekend in Lexington.


Less than 15 minutes after this post went live, 247’s Josh Edwards reported that Taylor has canceled his visit to Lexington and cut Kentucky from his list of candidates. Football recruiting, just when you think you know, you don’t.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

10 Comments for Kentucky to Host Four-Star LSU Commit for Official Visit (Well, actually…)

  1. JASUN74
    4:46 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

    My goodness. Lol. Kids a BEAST!! Come on down young man and be a star.

  2. ClutchCargo
    4:59 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

    I love how this staff is aiming high for the talent it takes to win in the SEC. While there will always be some lower rated prospects who slip through the cracks and end up being great players, it is going to take a steady stream of 4-stars to get it done consistently.

  3. JASUN74
    5:17 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

    I’m sure their assistants took this article and called him as soon as they saw this!! Probably told him if he came for a visit they’d take his offer. This ones on Nick! Who’s side are you on buddy? Just let them visit and then report it next time. This business is nasty man.

  4. JASUN74
    5:25 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

    Also, I’m not sure how much the Staff wants everything they do to be know by everyone. I don’t know, thats probably not what happened, but 15 minutes after you posted that?? Maybe they want to keep some of this stuff quite. Maybe!! Ohh Well, that does suck. He’s going to be a good one by the look of his film. I found a few highlights and watched, he’s a bad man. Anyway, NEXT!

  5. JASUN74
    5:27 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

    PS. I am just messing with you Nick and know that’s not the reason! Lol. I’m sure you knew that though. Keep up the good work brother.

    • Vyce0789
      5:49 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

      I agree Jasun74’s hypothetical situation probably didn’t occur, BUT we would be remiss to think assistant coaches don’t keep tabs on KSR. This is an easy source for information that other team’s can look to when they may or may not be getting the down low from the kid.

  6. zoupman
    7:29 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

    Hayes is one we want. Always has been.

    • notFromhere
      7:28 am December 6, 2019 Permalink

      Hayes is a beast, no doubt. I hope they can get him to sign with us.

      I’m also hoping they find another JAllen and/or Calvin Taylor Jr out there soon. If Eric had come to KENTUCKY Stoops could have saved some equipment costs, by takong the JR off of Calvin’s jerseys… though they would be 6 inches too long for most of the DLine.

  7. notFromhere
    7:25 am December 6, 2019 Permalink

    The publicity surrounding the Taylor visit definitely led to its cancellation. If no one knew about it, he’d have made the trip. Getting them on campus is huge and now that’s not going to happen.

    I’d rather not know about visits until after they take place, than have this happen again.

  8. notFromhere
    7:29 am December 6, 2019 Permalink

    Calloway might be that guy we need to have a breakout year in the passing game.