Despite a recruiting dead period through the month of May, the show must go on for the class of 2022. This week Rivals is unveiling its new rankings for rising seniors as their recruitment kicks into a higher gear.
Three local prospects hit the board in the latest edition of the Rivals 250, all three of which are being recruited by the Wildcats. In a bit of a surprise, Gavin Wimsatt is not the highest-ranked player.
Offensive tackle Kiyaunta Goodwin rose 15 spots to No. 54 overall. The enormous 6-foot-8 four-star prospect first made waves on the recruiting scene when he was offered by Kentucky and Georgia as an 8th grader. After attending a pair of high schools in Louisville, he transferred to Charlestown High School in Southern Indiana. Goodwin’s weight slowed him down until he got serious during quarantine, losing more than 125 pounds from 2019 to 2020 while working out at Aspirations Gym, the same gym where Wan’Dale Robinson and Carrington Valentine once trained. A frequent visitor to Kentucky’s campus, the Vince Marrow recruit was at KSBar and Grille when Jager Burton signed with UK.
Another Vince Marrow recruit, quarterback Gavin Wimsatt, fell from the No. 54 spot to No. 60 overall. In 2020 he led Owensboro to a 12-1 record, only falling to Bowling Green in the 5A State Championship Game. Wimsatt threw for 2,349 passing yards and 27 touchdowns and racked up 443 rushing yards and six touchdown. Notre Dame, Louisville and Cincinnati are also pursuing one of the highest-ranked passers to ever call Kentucky home.
Last but certainly not least, offensive tackle Grant Bingham ranks No. 246 overall. The Johnson Central athlete spoke to KSR earlier this week about the latest in his recruitment. There’s one other UK target in the Rivals250 from right down the road. Ahmad Wagner’s younger brother, offensive tackle Aamil Wagner, is the No. 198 prospect in America.