On the first day official of his career as a Kentucky Wildcat, Mike Drennen made a splash.
Shortly after submitting his National Letter of Intent, the Kentucky-bound athlete explained to Matt Jones on Kentucky Sports Radio why chose UK over USC, Florida and Michigan.
“I’ve been coming to Kentucky since I was 13-years old,” Drennen said. “Me and Coach Marrow, Coach Gran, Coach Stoops, we all have a great relationship. They’ve seen me get hurt throughout my five years, since I’ve known them for five years. They’ve seen me get hurt and they’ve had five years to come up with a plan for me and they stuck with it. I feel like it was a great move, it was a great fit and a great school.”
Drennen first received a scholarship offer from Vince Marrow and the UK coaching staff after he attended a camp in Lexington in-between his eighth grade and freshman year of high school. That early offer played a significant role in his recruitment, along with the recent rise of stars on UK’s offense.
“They had Benny Snell a few years back and then they had Lynn Bowden this past year. I’m trying to come in and be like one of them. They put the ball in those players’ hands and let them do their work, let them showcase their talent. I feel like Kentucky would really give me that opportunity because I feel like I’m trying to do it at the next level. Let’s do it in Lexington first.”
The four-star athlete from Dublin, Oh. is the tenth-ranked all-purpose back in America according to Rivals. His versatility has already drawn comparisons to Lynn Bowden. He sees less Bowden and more Alvin Kamara in his style of play. Those names draw lofty expectations and he’s not shying away from any of them.
“Expect to hear a lot of Donut. When you look around everybody’s going to be wearing Donuts,” he said. “I’m going to be something special, just know that.”
You should also probably know why they call him ‘Donut.’
“My name’s Donut. It’s been like that since I was four-years old, honestly. When you’re four-years old you’re about three-feet tall. It looked like I was a little Donut running down the field. My first carry ever, my first time ever carrying the ball I scored, so it was meant to be.”
Donuts and Kentucky Football. Name a more iconic duo. I’ll wait.
Hear the entire five-minute conversation between Donut Drennen and Matt Jones on Kentucky Sports Radio.