This weekend Mark Stoops is hosting his most talented crop of recruits for a pair of evening camps.
From a recruiting aspect, it’s another opportunity to roll out the red carpet for their top targets. The camp also gives coaches another look at young talent that may not have been previously on their radar. Most importantly, this is the only venue where coaches can individually work with commits. The coaches can tell them where they want them to improve, show them different drills and techniques, all while building camaraderie to solidify their commitment.
Many of Kentucky’s 2018 commits and top targets are expected to appear at Kroger Field over the next two days. Take a look…
Jarren Williams– The Kentucky quarterback commit received a four-star rating from Scout following his trip to L.A. for the Elite 11. A finalist, he’s one of 11 quarterbacks who will compete with America’s best at The Opening in Oregon.
Alex Reigelsperger– Vince Marrow’s lead Ohio recruiter for the Class of 2018, the defensive end from national powerhouse Wayne High School in Dayton will be busy convincing his peers to commit to UK.
Brenden Bates– A three-star tight end from Cincinnati Moeller High School, the exceptional pass catcher is the first to fill the position of need in 2018. They’ll add another tight end,to the class before National Signing Day, maybe a player who’s on campus this weekend.
The calm before the storm.
– Louie Matsakis (@Coach_Matsakis) June 10, 2017
Quintin Wilson– The Cincinnati Walnut Hills center is arguably the most underrated player in Kentucky’s 2018 class.
Marvin Alexander– The three-star Florida wide receiver will get to show off his speed on the Kroger Field turf for the first time.
Marquan McCall– The highest-ranked commit in the 2018 class, the Michigan offensive lineman is bringing plenty of talent with him to Lexington this weekend. As you’ll see, one of them could commit before returning to Michigan.
Top 2018 Targets
Akeem Hayes– He’s committed to Louisville, but he has two Chaminade-Madonna Prep teammates committed to Kentucky, wide receiver Marvin Alexander and defensive end Davoan Hawkins. Hayes will be in Lexington tomorrow after a trip to UofL. If the Lexington trip doesn’t convince him to change his mind, maybe this Twitter poll might.
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— Akeem Hayes9ï¸âƒ£ (@9GoLive) June 7, 2017
Tyler Bentley and Xavier Peters– These two defenders from Lakota West are two players that would fill positions of need. Bentley is one of the Midwest’s best defensive tackles and Peters is considered one of the ten best outside linebackers in the country.
DeAndre Square– The safety/outside linebacker could become Kentucky’s second commitment from the state of Michigan. A top ten player in the Great Lakes State, don’t be surprised if he pulls the trigger and commits before returning to Detroit.
Keaton Upshaw– A 6’7″ three-star tight end from Lima, Ohio, the lengthy athlete looks right at home in the Nutter Football Training Facility.
These are just a few of the hundreds who will be on campus this weekend. For every player mentioned above, there will be three or four more teammates participating in the camp.
Follow me on Twitter and stay tuned to KSR later tonight where I’ll provide updates from Kroger Field.