Kentucky’s Joe Craft Football Training Facility has been buzzing this spring.
In-between training sessions and spring practices with the team, pro prospects have been preparing for the NFL Draft. Meanwhile, the UK coaches have hosted an unprecedented number of recruits.
“We are busy, really all week,” Mark Stoops told Kentucky Sports Radio. “I’ve had official visits this time of year, and it’s an odd time of year to have official visits. We’ve had unofficial visits, probably — this is not an exaggeration — we’ve had over 100 kids on our campus this week for unofficial visits.”
That’s not hyperbole. Following each practice, the media can see players going in and out of the facility. Many are underclassmen from different corners of the state. Earlier this week the Cats offered a scholarship to Corbin rising sophomore Treyveon Longmire. Saturday morning Belfry’s Brett Coleman was on campus to watch the Cats scrimmage at Kroger Field.
— brett coleman (@brettcoleman_10) April 6, 2019
Coleman was not the top-ranked recruit on campus. Those honors belong to Jutahn McClain. Visiting with his Fairfield High School (Oh.) teammate Dealo McIntosh, 247Sports ranks McClain as a four-star prospect and the No. 6 overall all-purpose back in the 2020 recruiting class. The running back has offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and many others.
— JuTahn McClain (@JMcClain0202) April 5, 2019
Kentucky also hosted the seventh-ranked all-purpose back in the country, Elijah Young. The Knoxville native is a four-star recruit with offers from the Cats, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Arkansas and more.
University Of Kentucky!!!??? pic.twitter.com/hhQHmlpGpY
— Elijah Young ² (@elijahyoung52) April 6, 2019
Each spring, the Cats have hosted dozens and dozens of recruits for unofficial visits. This is nothing new. But early official visitors are changing the game.
The early signing period has pushed up official visits. What used to almost exclusively happen in December or January, last year prospects began to push them up into the summer. This year Stoops is hosting players for officials in the spring. One of the best of the best is in town right now.
Four-star offensive guard Chris Mayo is officially visiting UK this weekend. Ranked by Rivals as the No. 250 player in America, Mayo comes from a new recruiting territory: New Jersey. Recruited by defensive coordinator Brad White, Mayo has previously visited Auburn and Rutgers. A top-ten player at his position, you’ll understand why after checking out his highlights.
This is just a small sample size. More and more recruits will flood Kentucky’s campus for next Friday’s spring game, including a number of 2019 signees.