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Recruiting Roundup: Which Football Recruits Attended UK Junior Day



As the BBN turns its attention to basketball, Mark Stoops has turned his attention to recruiting, specifically, recruiting underclassmen.

Before the Wildcats complete their 2020 signing class in ten days, the Kentucky football program is creating early relationships with underclassmen. Over the weekend they hosted dozens of rising sophomores, juniors and seniors for Junior Day. As you’ll see, the best and brightest from the Bluegrass were in the building to tour facilities, take pictures and meet coaches.

Top 100 Targets

Remember Isaiah Crowell? The Georgia running back spent time taking lumps for the Cleveland Browns. There’s a new Isaiah Crowell (I don’t think there’s any relation). This one is a 2022 defensive back from North Carolina. His older brother is one of the best wide receivers in America. Micah Crowell is a consensus top 20 wide receiver, ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 91 overall recruit in the 2021 class. Claiming more than 30 offers from all of college football’s Blue Bloods, he joined his brother for an excursion to see Kentucky’s campus.

Brad White brought one of the best young players from the northeast in for an unofficial visit. Enai White, a 2022 recruit from Philadelphia, already has 23 offers, most notably from LSU, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Florida. A 6’5″ pass rusher, 247 ranks White as the No. 31 player in his class. If sharing the same last name did not give them common ground, I’m sure Brad White was happy to share more about his time grooming Josh Allen the day before he played in the Pro Bowl.

Corbin Blitz

Kentucky was happy to greet a group of Redhounds in Lexington — Treyveon Longmire, Dakota Patterson, Cameron Combs and Duane Sparks. Longmire (2022) and Patterson (2023) already hold scholarship offers from UK. Those Redhounds sure do look good in blue.

Once they left campus, the four recruits returned to Corbin for their season-ending football banquet. Lynn Bowden just so happened to be in the area signing autographs earlier that day. Before returning to Lexington, Bowden spoke to the team (and the prospective recruits) about his time at UK. Impeccable timing.

Names You Need to Learn from KY

Ty Bryant —  The defensive back from Frederick Douglass High School just completed his sophomore season for the Broncos. He has an offer from the Kentucky Wildcats and Marshall Thundering Herd.

Jawaun Northington — A breakout star in 2019, the Manual running back almost single-handedly carried the Crimson to their first victory over Male since 2012. Scoring touchdowns of 74 and 36 yards, Manual sprinted out to a 14-0 lead before they ultimately fell 22-21. A three-sport star, you’ll hear much more about Northington in the near future.

Eli Blakey — One of Northington’s teammates at Manual, the 2021 ATH spent some time in Lexington hanging out with Gavin Wimsatt, a rising junior quarterback at Owensboro High School.

Tennessee Dudes

Harris Adams — You take one look at this guy and you can tell he’s a dude. The 6’3″ 295 pound defensive tackle made the trip to Lexington from Nashville.

Zion Rucker — Adams wasn’t the only big defensive tackle from Tennessee on UK’s campus. Rucker made a return trip to UK this weekend. He currently holds scholarship offers from Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

Jaden Payne — A lengthy defensive back from Antioch, Tn., Kentucky was his first scholarship offer. He also has an offer from Missouri.

Kicker with a Kentucky Connection

You rarely see snapshots from a recruiting visit that look like this:


The only knock on Jackson Smith is he isn’t Australian. A 2022 recruit from Boyle County, he punts and kicks. He learned it from his father, Andy Smith, an All-SEC punter for the Wildcats in 1999. The right-footed kicker may be young, but he’s had a big leg for years. He buried a 51-yard field goal as an 8th grader. The kid standing in the end zone has the only acceptable response for the athletic feat.

Hello, Ohio

It wouldn’t be a Stoops/Marrow recruiting even without a couple of talented kids from the Buckeye State.

Alex Affari, a 2022 defensive back from Lakota West High School, left UK with a scholarship offer. Another player from Cincinnati’s GMC conference, Leroy Bowers, just completed his junior year at Princeton High School. Bowers’ Vikings bested Lakota West 41-35 in October. Ranked by 247 as the No. 40 safety in America, Bowers has offers from Cincinnati and Pitt, among others.

Offers Elsewhere

These guys weren’t on campus, but their involvement with UK remains noteworthy. A.J. Jenkins III is a wide receiver from Cardinal Gibbons High School, the alma mater of 2019 signees Nik Scalzo and Nik Ognenovic. Following his freshman season, the 6’3″ athlete picked up a scholarship offer from UK, his first.

Khurtiss Perry already has more than a dozen offers, like Auburn and Alabama, shortly after the conclusion of his sophomore season. Recruited by Jon Sumrall, 247 ranks the defensive end from Montgomery, Al. as the No. 17 overall recruit in the 2022 class.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

2 Comments for Recruiting Roundup: Which Football Recruits Attended UK Junior Day

  1. JASUN74
    6:54 pm January 27, 2020 Permalink

    Great job Nick. Thanks. This Coaching staff is on the ball and they never quit trying to bring this program a Championship. I’m more confident about Kentucky Football as I’ve ever been and it’s hard not to get excited about some of these young recruits. Mark Stoops and the entire Staff know exactly who they want and need and are relentless. It’s definitely paying off.

    Just a great time in Kentucky sports right now and we’re the luckiest fan base in the country having the coach’s we have. Our Basketball team is on the verge of getting it and are getting better every game and could end up with a special year. EJ, Brooks and Johnny needs to get a little more confidence in themselves and we’re a totally different team. It’s coming!!

    Thanks again Nick. I gave you a little shiiit the other day and I apologize. I just wanted to make sure you know we have some fans that really do love Football and want to know all we can about what’s going on. Go Cats.

  2. Dustin Rumbaugh
    2:30 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

    Thanks for the breakdown. And also Gavin Wimsatt looks A LOT like John Wall.