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Kentucky’s Class of 2022 Quarterback Targets

Last Friday Will Levis became the final quarterback addition ahead of the 2021 Kentucky football season. Before he battles it out with Beau Allen and Joey Gatewood, UK’s coaching staff will set their sights on a quarterback for next year to kickstart the 2022 recruiting class. There’s one name at the top of the Wildcats’ big board, but they are wisely not putting all of their eggs in one basket.

Gavin Wimsatt

The highest-ranked passer from the Commonwealth since Tim Couch, he is the second-ranked dual-threat quarterback in America and No. 40 player overall according to 247 Sports. After leading Owensboro to a state semifinal appearance as a sophomore, he helped the Red Devils avenge that loss to Frederick Douglass this fall in the playoffs before they fell to Jordan Dingle’s Bowling Green Purples 17-7 in the 5A State Championship. In 2020 he had 2,349 passing yards and 27 touchdowns along with 443 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Like every player in the 2022 class, the COVID-19 pandemic erased an important summer for exposure. Few coaches were calling Wimsatt early in the process, except for Vince Marrow.

Kentucky made Wimsatt a priority early, putting the Cats in excellent position to secure a commitment from the talented quarterback this spring. Two weeks ago he unveiled a top nine. Kentucky and Notre Dame are perceived to be at the top of that list. A lot can happen between now and Wimsatt’s decision date, but right now I’m feeling good about where the Wildcats stand.

Steve Angeli

A four-star prospect, Rivals ranks the New Jersey native as the No. 13 pro-style quarterback in America. He’s from the northeast, so you better believe Liam Coen made the connection.

Angeli is a big deal and he doesn’t even have an offer from UK. It’s because he’s considered a heavy-lean to Notre Dame. If he decides early on to commit to the Fighting Irish, it could take Wimsatt’s spot in South Bend, pushing the Kentucky kid closer to his home state school.

Drew Allar

If Wimsatt ultimately does not end up becoming a Wildcat, Kentucky’s coaching staff has their eyes on another rising star in the recruiting world. Two weeks ago UK offered a scholarship to Allar, a 6-foot-5 pocket passer from Medina, a town in Ohio sandwiched in-between Akron and Cleveland.

He may only be considered a three-star prospect, but the schools recruiting Allar tell a different story. He picked up offers from the Iowa schools during his senior season. Since the turn of the new year Penn State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Indiana, and Washington have all offered him a spot on their rosters.

As you can see on his tape, Allar can ball. In his first season as a full-time starter he threw for just shy of 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns. This week he was profiled by The Athletic as “one of the fastest rising quarterback prospects for 2022.” You do not have to watch him play for long to understand why.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

4 Comments for Kentucky’s Class of 2022 Quarterback Targets

  1. Not Dan Issel
    10:59 am February 13, 2021 Permalink

    Drew Allar has as good looking an arm as I’ve seen in a HS Qb. Definitely big time potential there. Would love to have him.

  2. kjd
    7:17 pm February 13, 2021 Permalink

    Wimsatt led team mustered 7 points in 5A championship.

    • KyZoneBlitz
      4:38 am February 14, 2021 Permalink

      Make no mistake, Wimsatt is a baller, and yes they only scored 7 points in the 5A title game, but they played probably the best defense in the state that executed a great game plan. It was only his jr season. The kid is still has a ton to learn, but he understands that and is a sponge when it comes to the QB position. I want Wimsatt badly, he’s one of the few DT-QB recruits that I’ve ever seen that prefers staying in the pocket and throwing the rock instead of running it. He’s got a strong arm, good accuracy (Still needs work of course but will get better with practice, repetition and building chemistry with his WRs), good instincts as well. Allar is vastly underrated IMO. The kid has a MASSIVE ARM. In his highlights, he barely puts anything on it and launches it like 50 yards downfield, nearly perfectly in stride with his WR (I Literally had to rewind it several times to check the yardage on a couple different throws like that). I have to Admit, I havent seen a recruit with an arm that strong since Lorenzen came out of the Highlands. I definitely think Wimsatt is our 1st option, but Allar wouldnt be a bad get either IMO.

  3. Beaver_Fever
    11:46 pm February 13, 2021 Permalink

    Allar plays a lot like Scalzo. He’s bigger with slower feet but might have a better arm. He’s a good scrambler and throws the ball well moving side to side. Has a low release which could cause problems in the pocket but seems to serve him well while extending plays with his feet.