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Top Performers from Kentucky’s Opening Weekend Football Camps


Hundreds of campers filled the Kentucky football fields this weekend, hoping to captivate the the UK coaching staff.  Last night there quite a few standouts that could earn scholarship offers from Kentucky.

Kobe Stewart — A 6’3″ three-star wide receiver from Marietta, Georgia, Stewart brought a combination of length and explosiveness to the camp.  His breaks out of routes were so fast, defensive backs could not react quick enough.  Whether he was going deep, releasing into a quick slant out of bump coverage, or breaking off a defender with a comeback, it was no problem.

A 2020 prospect, Stewart’s only reported scholarship offer is from Louisville.

Dejaun McDougle —  The quickest kid at UK’s camp, the 5’10” receiver made a few people look like fools.  Exhibit A:

This one he made look even easier.

A three-star wide receiver in the 2020 class, McDougle already has more than 25 offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Alabama, Miami and Kentucky.  Wide receivers coach Michael Smith made sure McDougle did not go unnoticed.

Jaden Gibbs —  Another wide receiver that already has an offer from UK, Gibbs was arguably the most physical of the group.  A 6’3″ muscular athlete, Gibbs uses his width to create space and explode out of the catch.  A Knoxville native, Dean Hood spent plenty of time talking to the 2019 recruit once the camp concluded.

Devin Nicholson — Last fall Nicholson played alongside DeAndre Square at perennial powerhouse Cass Tech in Detroit.  Yesterday he was the most impressive linebacker at UK’s camp.  Listed as an outside linebacker, he spent the day working inside with Matt House and Courtney Love.  Quick out of his stance, Nicholson showed enough to earn an offer.  The 2019 prospect currently has nine scholarship offers, most notably from Iowa State.

Kingsley Grissett — A lengthy wideout in the 2019 class from Pompano Beach, Florida, Grissett could not be stopped at Saturday night’s camp.  Light on his feet, he earned a second and third look from Kentucky’s coaches.

Rahmod Smith — The first person to make me say, “Wow,” Smith was the camp’s most intriguing player.  Smith lined up with the wide receivers at 6’4″ 210 pounds and physically dominated his opponents.

Smith’s problem is that he’s a tweener.  You rarely see a wide receiver/defensive end combination, but that’s exactly what he is.  The fade-catching machine will likely be a tight end at the next level.  His tweener status has kept the big schools away from Miami Homestead’s 2019 prospect…for now.

Jordan Watkins — A few years ago one of my friends told me, “Roush, my next running back is going D-1.”  Normally my friend is full of it, but this time he wasn’t lying.  The bouncy 2020 Louisville DeSales athlete was one of the fastest kids at Kentucky’s camp.  The offers have not yet rolled in for Watkins, but that will not be the case for much longer.

Maverick Hansen — The UK coaches kept a keen eye on the offensive/defensive lineman from Farmington, Michigan.  Hansen displayed exceptional lateral quickness for a 6’7″ 270-pounder.  A 2019 prospect, Iowa State and a slew of MAC schools have offered Hansen.

Jacob Dean — An eye-opening offensive lineman, Dean did everything right moving North-South.  The 6’8″ offensive tackle has a powerful first step that packs quite the punch, making him one of the camp’s most physically impressive offensive linemen.  Laterally, there’s a little work to do, but he showed Michigan enough to earn a scholarship offer.  I think he did enough this weekend at UK to add another offer to his coffers.

The previous prospects stood out, but they weren’t the most talented kids on campus.  After all, UK quarterback commit Nik Scalzo was in the building, along with a dozen or more other visitors who did not participate in the camps.  Stay tuned to see who else visited and what they had to say about Kentucky’s recruiting pitch.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

One response to “Top Performers from Kentucky’s Opening Weekend Football Camps”

  1. satcheluk

    Thanks for the update. There is nothing better than football news.