Like most weekends, there will be some football recruits in town. Unlike most weekends, two players could play an extremely important role for the Wildcats in the future.
Rushing the passer has not come easy since Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith departed. Stoops has sought to remedy the situation with junior college transfers, but it takes much more than that. Jabreel Stephens and Alex Reigelsperger could be Stoops’ long-term solutions.
Stephens is a 3-star weak-side 2017 defensive end from Tampa, currently holding offers from 18 schools, including Cal, Arizona, Louisville and Iowa State. He has great length and a frame that can add plenty of muscle. His highlights include tipping a pass for an interception.
Reigelsperger is a year younger, but ranked a little higher. ESPN recently gave him 4-star status in their Top 300 in the class of 2018.
BLESSED TO BE #156 IN THE ESPN JR 300 ðŸ˜‡ A DREAM COME TRUE ðŸ˜‡â›¤â›¤â›¤â›¤ pic.twitter.com/vjYVWT8NNN
— Alex Reigelsperger (@a_reigelsperger) July 28, 2016
Reigelsperger has frequently visited Kentucky, but this is likely the first time his Wayne High School teammate, Tobias Gilliam, is on campus. Gilliam has persistently recruited Reigelsperger to Kentucky, giving Vince Marrow an extra edge. Reigelsperger holds offers from Iowa, Pitt, Miami (Oh.), Purdue, Rutgers and Western Michigan.