Even though the Class of 2016 just wrapped up three days ago, there’s no time for Stoops’ staff to rest, moving forward to the Class of 2017 with today’s Junior Day.
The premiere event to kick off the recruiting season, Stoops’ staff will host most of the current commits that make up the nation’s 10th-ranked class, according to the 247 Composite rankings. It’s also the first time they really get to roll out the red carpet for the uncommitted kids as they try to establish a rapport. Here are the names that you need to get to know.
A pair of quarterbacks, Lafayette’s Walker Wood and Mac Jones from Florida, will attend Junior Day. Jones has begun receiving more and more offers, most recently from West Virginia and Boston College. It will be interesting to see where things stand with each quarterback with Darin Hinshaw now calling the shots through the air.
Wide receiver/defensive back Russ Yeast, the son of Wildcat great Craig Yeast, will be in Lexington today. Nobody seemed more solid than the former Wildcat Great’s son, but things have changed recently for Russ. He’s received a lot more attention from other schools, especially Louisville, and his family moved to Indianapolis when Craig took the position of offensive coordinator at Franklin College. Putting on a good show today will be very important for Yeast.
The prospect that will catch the most attention from fan’s is Michigan transfer Brian Cole. The #5 athlete in the Class of 2015 is taking his official visit today. If things go well, he could be in blue this fall, sitting out a year before being eligible to play in 2017.
Lafayette offensive tackle Jed Wills has been a Wildcat visitor plenty of times before, but today is the first time they can really pull out all of the stops. The highest ranked player in the state of Kentucky (Top 100 in all national services) recently received an offer from LSU, and is also being pursued by the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State and Florida. With more attention coming from big schools, there’s no end in sight for Wills’ recruitment.
Another in-state target is emerging from the mountains. Belfry defensive tackle Cole Bentley had a strong showing at last month’s U.S. Army combine and could receive and offer from Kentucky soon.
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— Cole Bentley (@cbent3445) February 6, 2016
From the state of Ohio, at the top of Vince Marrow’s list is 4-star wide receiver Javonte Richardson. The Cats’ competition is tough — Michigan State is at the top of his list, and he attended Ohio State’s Junior Day last week.
Alabama 3-star safety J’Marick Woods has plenty of offers on the table — Michigan, Florida, Miss. State, Louisville — but today he’s dabbing in blue and white.
And if you thought that they wouldn’t but the new Wildcat logo on a helmet, this picture from 2018 Ohio linebacker Malik Vann is here to prove you wrong.
If you don’t like that one, you might like this one: