Kentucky’s 2020 recruiting class grew to 17 Wednesday night. Three weeks after officially visiting the Wildcats, Rickey Hyatt Jr. committed to Kentucky.
Hyatt grew up in Ohio State’s backyard and attends Benny Snell’s alma mater, Westerville Central. Even though he held an offer from the Buckeyes, the talented safety and track star would rather be a Wildcat.
The addition of Hyatt moves Kentucky’s class to No. 22 overall in the Rivals national team rankings. UK is tenth in the SEC, but three conference teams sit directly in front of UK in the rankings. All have more commits than the Cats. If UK continues at this trajectory, they’ll surpass those teams and finish somewhere in the top 20.
Kentucky Football Class of 2020
|Justin Rogers||DT||Oak Park, MI||6-4||315||5-star, #16 Overall|
|Samuel Anaele||DE/OLB||Miami, FL||6-4||250||4-star, #208 Overall|
|Michael Drennen II||APB||Dublin, OH||5-11||190||4-star, #210 Overall|
|Beau Allen||QB||Lexington, KY||6-2||200||4-star, #13 QB|
|R.J. Adams||OG||Woodbridge, VA||6-3||320||4-star, #16 OG|
|John Young||OT||Louisville, KY||6-6||295||4-star, #36 OT|
|Tre'vonn Rybka||DL||Dickson, TN||6-4`||281||4-star, #26 DT|
|Octavious Oxendine||DT||Radcliff, KY||6-3||300||4-star, #30 DT|
|Josaih Hayes||DT||Horn Lake, MS||6-3||285||4-star, #151 Overall|
|Joey Gatewood||QB (Auburn)||Jacksonville, FL||6-5||230||4-star, #49 Overall|
|Jeremy Flax||OT (JUCO)||Dearborn, MI||6-6||315||4-star, No. 12 JUCO|
|Joel Williams||DB||Baton Rouge, LA||6-1||190||3-star, #34 S|
|Andru Phillips||CB||Mauldin, SC||6-0||180||3-star, #7 CB|
|JuTahn McClain||APB||Fairfield, OH||5-9||176||3-star, #14 APB|
|Vito Tisdale||DB||Bowling Green, KY||6-2||190||3-star, #10 KY|
|Kalil Branham||WR||Columbus, OH||6-1||205||3-star, #93 WR|
|Deondre Buford||OT||Detroit, MI||6-5||270||3-star, #48 OT|
|Izayah Cummings||WR||Louisville, KY||6-3||210||3-star, #9 KY|
|Earnest Sanders||WR||Flint, MI||6-2||190||3-star, #26 MI|
|D'Eryk Jackson||LB||Dexter, GA||6-2||235||3-star, #106 GA|
|Joshua Jones||OT||Phenix City, AL||6-6||300||3-star, #32 AL|
|Carrington Valentine||CB||Cincinnati, OH||6-0||218||3-star, #23 OH|
|Rickey Hyatt Jr.||S||Westerville, OH||6-1||195||3-star, #22 OH|
More Recruiting Talk
The fine folks from the Sources Say Podcast talk recruiting for more than an hour, just a different kind of recruiting. The talented trio breaks down the latest additions to John Calipari’s 2020 basketball recruiting class in episode five.
If you prefer football talk, you’ll get plenty of that later today. Aaron Torres will share his week four college football picks and Adam Luckett and I preview the upcoming matchup with Mississippi State on a new edition of 11 Personnel.
Kentucky’s head football coach gets one more crack at the podium before the team departs for Starkville Friday. Until then, enjoy action from yesterday’s practice, starting with Kash Daniel.
Thursday Night Football is BACK
Drew Franklin’s Tennessee Titans are taking on Josh Allen’s Jacksonville Jaguars tonight at 8:20 on the NFL Network. It will be a house divided at KSBar and Grille where one lucky guest will receive a $250 prize at halftime. If that doesn’t get you in the door, the drink specials and half-priced wings will.
It’s an illustrious AFC South matchup between two historic teams, but if you prefer college, tonight AACtion returns to ESPN. The Tulane Green Wave host Dana Holgorsen’s Houston Cougars at 8:00 p.m.
UK Volleyball Falls Short
At one point in the fourth set, it looked like Kentucky was going to knock off No. 21 Purdue. Lead Edmond was dominant, setting a new career-high for kills, but it was not enough to stop the Boilermakers’ comeback. Trailing by one point and on the verge elimination, Purdue went on a 4-1 run to force a decisive fifth set where they came out blazing hot, scoring the first eight points. It’s awfully hard to overcome an 8-0 deficit.
The loss moves Kentucky to 6-4 on the season. They’ll get their next crack at a victory in Friday’s Battle of the Bluegrass. The matchup against Louisville at Memorial Coliseum begins at 8 p.m. and will air on the SEC Network.
Bourbon and Beyond Begins Tomorrow
The incredible music festival begins tomorrow afternoon, and frankly, I can’t wait. It’s an absolute murderer’s row at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center Friday through Sunday. Here’s who’s playing back-to-back shows to end each night.
Friday: The Flaming Lips, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, John Fogerty, Foo Fighters
Saturday: Trey Anastasio Band, Hall and Oates, Robert Plant
Sunday: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Leon Bridges, ZZ Top, Zac Brown Band
I don’t want this to be a video overload in the morning post, but this has given me so much joy over the last 24 hours that I feel I must share it with the KSR audience.
Bro, come check this out
— Funny videos / cute videos (@BestVideosviral) September 17, 2019
Matt Jones is in Trigg County
And he has a few fish stories to tell to wrap up his week in Western Kentucky.
The moment of glory pic.twitter.com/9iX9sKo1eZ
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 19, 2019