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Michigan Cornerback Describes Kentucky as his “Dream School”

Kids all across the Great Lakes State grow up with dreams of playing college football for the Big Blue, not at the Big House, but at Kroger Field. What a time to be alive.

This week Kentucky’s lead recruiter in the state of Michigan, Steve Clinkscale, extended a scholarship offer to Maxwell Hairston, a three-star cornerback from West Bloomfield, a township just outside of Detroit. Shortly after Hairston received the news, he was ecstatic, telling 247 Sports:

Kentucky has been a dream school of mine since I was young, this is huge,” he said. “[Kentucky] easily goes in my top schools. I’ll be posting a new and updated top five schools.”

Hairston is also considering Washington State, Baylor, Florida State, Kansas, Cincinnati, Oregon and Oregon State. He hopes to make a decision by his birthday on Aug. 6.

For many UK football fans, it’s easy to recall miserable losses from two-win seasons. For people that are Hairston’s age, a member of the class of 2021, he was in middle school when Boom Williams and Benny Snell each racked up 1,000 yards in 2016, a season that ended with a victory over Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.

“What these guys know, they grew up in high school where we played in four straight bowl games,” Mark Stoops said on signing day. “That’s what they understand and know about Kentucky, that we win games and we’re playing in bowl games and we want to continue to build this program and take it to another level.”

A Michigan kid dreaming of playing football for the Kentucky Wildcats — it may sound crazy to some, but that’s just another side effect of Mark Stoops’ success in Lexington.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

7 Comments for Michigan Cornerback Describes Kentucky as his “Dream School”



  1. UK_fac_boi
    1:18 pm July 17, 2020 Permalink

    I read that twice haha. Go Cats!



  2. ClutchCargo
    1:28 pm July 17, 2020 Permalink

    Dream school of a kid in Michigan. Is this real life?



  3. apocalypse
    2:17 pm July 17, 2020 Permalink

    I find it amazing what Coach Stoops and Staff have accomplished at UK. To win, you need to be able to recruit the entire country, have your name attached to winning, and Coach is building that brand. Never in my life time have I been able to look at our football roster and see talent everywhere. As a team, we are continuing to build, getting better in all phases, and that should excite the fan base more and more each season.

    “WHY NOT UK”?



  4. csnailnrun
    2:26 pm July 17, 2020 Permalink

    Love me some Stoops and Troops!



  5. satcheluk
    5:43 pm July 17, 2020 Permalink

    Have we ever had a highly rated out of state football player call UK his dream school? Can’t wait for football. Wear a mask, so it’s sooner rather than later.



  6. bbn606
    6:49 pm July 17, 2020 Permalink

    We are also a major player for one of the best linemen in the country out of Michigan. It’s time this COVID crap got out here so we can start kicking some butt.



  7. GACAT
    9:37 pm July 18, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops has done an exceptional job improving Kentucky football. But , this young man is a 3 star. I’ll get excited when 4 stars say UK is their dream school. Georgia will not consider a kid unless he is a 4 star. We play in the SEC and we need to recruit football the way we recruit in basketball.