When the Cats suit up for tonight’s Blue/White Game, there will be plenty of prospective football players in the stands.
Dozens of recruits will be on campus to tour the facilities and catch a first glimpse of Mark Stoops’ 2019 Kentucky Wildcats. Jared Casey, Moses Douglass and Brandin Echols are a few members of the ’19 recruiting class that will be making plays on the field. Those who could not enroll early — like Nik Scalzo, Nik Ognenovic and J.J. Weaver — are expected to be in the stands tonight.
The primary focus for Vince Marrow and Co. is on the 2020 recruits. The biggest names on the board are from Kentucky: four-star offensive tackle John Young and four-star quarterback Beau Allen. Offensive tackle commit Richie Leonard will also be in the building, making the long trip from Florida for the game.
A couple of athletes from the great state of Ohio will be traveling down I-75 South. Chris Scott from Pickerington, Ohio is a three-star prospect who’s also being recruited by Pitt, Cincinnati and Ohio State. Another Pickerington prospect, defensive tackle Abraham Alabi, will be visiting as well. To round out the top Ohio prospects, Chris Oats’ former Winton Woods teammate, three-star cornerback Miquan Grace, will make the trip to UK.
Instead of sticking in Ohio, plenty of the 2020 recruits are visiting from the South.
Three-Star cornerback Andru Phillips will be making the trip from Mauldin, South Carolina. 6’5″ 290-pound offensive guard Ta’Chawn Brooks is coming to Lexington from Irmo, South Carolina. Three-star outside linebacker DeMarkus Cunningham hails from Bessemer, Alabama. Aaron Moore from Mufreesboro, Tennessee is ranked as the No. 41 outside linebacker in the country according to Rivals.
Many of the visitors on campus today are underclassmen, including some of the best the Bluegrass has to offer.
Only a week after Trayveon Longmire received a scholarship offer from Kentucky, the Corbin athlete will return to Lexington for another unofficial visit. Since the rising sophomore’s last visit, Longmire picked up an offer from Scott Satterfield.
A pair of rising juniors are considered the Commonwealth’s top two players in their class. Frederick Douglass wide receiver Dekel Crowdus is the No. 1 player in the state, ranked No. 278 overall by 247 Sports. His teammate, offensive guard Jager Burton, is not far behind him at No. 289 overall. Considered one of the ten best at his position right now, multiple college coaches have told me Burton will be in the NFL after three years of college football. When you see how well the 6’4″ 270-pounder moves, you’ll understand why.
Terian Williams II starred as a freshman dual-threat quarterback, but he’ll likely end up playing cornerback at the next level. He already holds offers from Tennessee and Kentucky. Rising junior Reid Carrico is an outside linebacker/running back from Ironton, Ohio, ranked No. 193 overall in the 2021 recruiting class.
If you thought that was a lengthy list, it is far from complete. Many more will make surprise appearances. We’ll provide a complete recap of the recruiting weekend that was at its conclusion.