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Monday Afternoon Football Recruiting Notes presented by IMAC


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After a busy opening recruiting weekend, things were much quieter at Kroger Field over Father’s Day weekend.  Even though there were less kids on campus, there were still quite a few recruiting developments.  There’s some good news, and some bad news.  First, the bad news.

Damn it, Alabama

A few months ago, Wandale Robinson’s recruitment was essentially a two-horse race between Duke and Kentucky.  Now, everybody that’s anybody is getting in the mix.  One month ago Ohio State offered the four-star athlete from Frankfort.  This weekend he attended a camp in Tuscaloosa and this happened:


That’s right.  Nick Saban brought him into his office, busted out the National Championship rings, told Robinson he had a great camp and offered him a scholarship.

Keeping Robinson inside the Commonwealth isn’t getting any easier.

Legacy Recruit Commits Elsewhere 

This afternoon Cincinnati offensive lineman Zeke Correll committed to Notre Dame.  The four-star top 200 prospect has a last name many UK fans know well.

His grandfather, Ray, was an All-American for Bear Bryant and is enshrined in the Cats’ Ring of Honor.  His father, Steve, was a three-year player at UK and his brother, Gabe, was a preferred walk-on during Joker Phillips’ tenure.  Stoops and Marrow recruited Correll, but it wasn’t in the cards for Correll to continue the family tradition at Kentucky.

UK Makes the Cut

Two weeks ago Braylen Ingraham took an official visit to Kentucky.  Yesterday he cut his list of suitors to six: Miami, Oklahoma, Oregon, Florida, Alabama and Kentucky.  A four-star defensive end from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to land Ingraham the Cats must take down the big dogs.

On the same weekend UK hosted Ingraham, Triston Miller made an official visit to Lexington.  A three-star offensive lineman from Charlotte, Miller is down to North Carolina, Arkansas, N.C. State, Maryland and Kentucky.  You’ll only have to wait another month or so before Miller makes a final decision. .

Florida RB Plans Visit

A 2020 running back from Ft. Meyers likes what he’s hearing from Kentucky.  Brandon Benjamin told Rivals’ Woody Wommack he intends to visit Lexington soon.

“Kentucky came by my school to watch me in practice and after that my coach let me know I have an offer. I plan on getting up there to campus for a visit. I know they have a running back now, Benny Snell, he’s great. They build their running backs up to play a power-type game and that’s my style of play.”

Can Nikolas Ognenovic’s Dad still Play?

The three-star Kentucky tight end target followed his UK official visit with an official visit to Pitt.  At each stop, he posed with his parents while rocking the school’s uniforms.  Somebody needs to put Ogenovic’s father in full pads.


Ognenovic plans to make his final decision in July and I like UK’s chances.  If he chooses to wear the Kentucky blue and white, for the love of God watch your mouth around Mr. Ognenovic.  That is one dad you do NOT want to mess with.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

2 Comments for Monday Afternoon Football Recruiting Notes presented by IMAC

  1. Rembrandt
    6:20 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

    In the columnist’s defense, there isn’t much to report right now. Douglass, McDaniel, and Bembry are fine prospects, but UK’s 2018 football class has just about stalled for the time being. I am normally not a fan of class rankings, but it is probably significant that UK’s class has fallen outside the national top 50. There are multiple reasons.

    For one thing, Vince Marrow has been diverted to cover instate recruiting. Time will tell if this was a good move. For now, Douglass (a legacy) is UK’s only commitment from Ohio. Over the weekend, several Ohio prospects formerly interested in UK committed to other schools. For now, it looks like Marrow’s reduced recruiting presence in Ohio is hurting.

    Several instate prospects interested in UK have received offers from Alabama. Say what you want, but all schools lose most of their head to head recruiting battles with the national champions. Not just us.

    There have been two decommitments. One of those was our class’ highest ranked player, who flipped a local school.

    I wonder if Stoops will save more scholarships for later in the fall than he has been saving in recent years. I can think of several reasons. There has been an uptrend in decommitments all over the country. Jarren Williams and Keontra Smith really pissed off Marrow. Some of the most interesting commitments to UK’s 2018 class, Terry Wilson, Chris Oats, and Kavosiey Smoke, came late in the process. And since Stoops is expecting to field his best team, he might become a more patient recruiter this time. So if Stoops decides to keep more dry powder until December, I wouldn’t blame him.

    But be that as it may, Marrow was more productive when he focused on Ohio.

  2. CombatMedic_98
    10:53 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

    Is his dad eligible…LOL