Last week, we gave a recruiting update on some of the remaining prospects left on Kentucky’s board for the 2017 Recruiting Class, and we promised to keep it going into this week.
A lot of movement has happened since then, some good for Kentucky, some bad.
Let’s take a look at some of the big topics to take a close watch on in the final week of the recruiting season.
He officially visited Penn State this past weekend, causing many to think his commitment to Kentucky may be up in the air. I’ve been told Penn State felt the visit went well, but they are unsure if it made much of an impact on the possibility of a flip before NSD. They only have two spots remaining, and supposedly have a ton of talented guys taking visits this weekend, meaning they’re not going to invest all of their time and interest in Paschal knowing they can lock up other big-name guys this weekend. It’s always a tough call when the big schools get an official visit late, but UK is very confident they’ll be receiving his signature next Wednesday, and that’s certainly where I’m leaning right now.
Matt Jones says there’s still a very good chance UK gets him, which is definitely a new development. I was told there was a significant barricade in his academics that has scared several schools away, which explains why a top-100 prospect with offers from Penn State, Michigan State, Oregon, etc., had none of those schools on his final list. I know he genuinely likes the Wildcats and has a great relationship with the coaching staff, and Kentucky loves him as a prospect. Receiver is not really a position of need for the Wildcats, but you just don’t say no to a player of Davis’ caliber if everything checks out off the field.
If UK can get the okay on his academics, I think they can, and will get him. If his academics aren’t there or he’s too close for comfort, my guess is he heads to West Virginia.
Should he commit to Kentucky, he would easily become a top three commitment for the Wildcats in their greatest football recruiting class ever.
Many people are asking about the visit between he and Mark Stoops last week, thinking there’s a chance for him to flip from Louisville. I’ve been told Yeast is still listening to several other schools and isn’t “set” on Louisville by any means. However, as awesome as it’d be for Craig Yeast’s son to suit up in blue and white, I don’t think it’s realistic right now.
I’ve been told his family loves Notre Dame and the coaching staff there a good bit, and some recruiting experts actually believe the Irish lead. I think UK could make a big push in his recruitment if they really wanted to, but I think he ends up elsewhere next Wednesday.
He officially visited Ohio State this weekend, where he received a scholarship offer from the school of his dreams. We told you last week that an offer meant Munford was going to become a Buckeye, and this remains true. He likely won’t announce his decision until Signing Day, but his mind is already made up.
He’s Ohio State bound.
Dingle took an official visit to Utah this weekend, and by the look of his Twitter feed, it went well. He also officially visited Lane Kiffin and Florida International the weekend before. As far as I know, he’s still planning on taking an official visit to Kentucky this weekend.
Danny Davis’ situation really puts a twist on things, as the Kentucky staff will absolutely not take two receivers to close out the class, meaning both Dingle and Yeast are on the back burner for now. If Davis becomes a Wildcat, both Dingle and Yeast are off the table. Dingle is a talented player and the staff loves his film, but when you look at best player available, the proof is in the pudding. Danny Davis could step in and contribute immediately, and the staff has certainly accounted for that.
Should UK skip out on Davis, I firmly believe Dingle remains an option. He certainly loves the Wildcats and has a great relationship with Lamar Thomas. My gut, however, is Kentucky looks elsewhere with their final two spots and Dingle heads to Utah.
Culpepper is still taking his official visit to UK this weekend, and there is significant mutual interest there. Culpepper, a four-star DB out of Florida, would be an incredible depth signing for UK. He wouldn’t be asked to come in and contribute immediately, instead, redshirting his first year and growing in the system.
I feel that Culpepper is certainly an option with one of the final two scholarship spots if the visit goes well this weekend. The staff has him fairly high on the priority list, and Culpepper knows this.
Things are still up in the air here, but we should know more after his visit this weekend.
This one is a name to keep a close eye on. Last week when I released this, UK and Jones were flirting with one another and a visit was possible, but it wasn’t set in stone. Now, he’s taking his official visit this weekend and his interest in the Wildcats is significantly high right now.
The only problem? UK has not had a committable offer for him, despite several sites saying he has one. If they give him one this weekend, I could definitely see him pulling the trigger and signing with Kentucky next week. There’s just so much grey area right now and a lot of moving pieces, so an offer is not certain by any means.
As far as the priority list goes for the Wildcats, I’d say Jones falls anywhere from three to five on guys they want. If they miss out on one of the top two, I think he’s right there for the Cats to sign on NSD.
Who gets the final two spots?
At this point, I’m not sure anybody knows for certain.
If Danny Davis checks out, he gets one. No debate. Beyond Davis, there’s a ton of grey area on that last scholarship offer. I believe Jones and Culpepper are the front-runners to take the spot, but the UK staff has done their homework on all prospects available. There’s a good chance they’re working behind the scenes on a guy that we haven’t been focusing on that may be committed elsewhere, and we could all be surprised on Signing Day.
What is known is that the staff is extremely confident right now, and rightfully so.
The good news for UK is that they have all of their “needs” out of the way already, meaning everything else at this point is just gravy. UK could strike out entirely before Signing Day and still be busting out the champagne when the fax machine starts rolling on Wednesday.
If they all stay together, and I truly think they will, this will end up being the greatest recruiting class in UK football history.
We’re coming in hot, BBN. Be ready for a crazy week of recruiting leading all the way up to Wednesday morning.