The dice are hot. A pair of running backs may be the next jump on board with the BBN.
Over the last two weeks the Wildcats have picked up three new commitments — defensive lineman Kahlil Saunders, wide receivers Armond Scott and Chauncey Magwood — and gained momentum in the recruitment of two talented running backs, La’Vell Wright and Kyree Young. Each player has received an outpouring of Rivals FutureCast and 247 Crystal Ball picks to Kentucky, consistent with what we’re hearing at KSR.
As the Wildcats attempt to close the deal on each player, here’s more on what they could bring to the Bluegrass.
North Hardin High School in Radcliff has transformed into a hotbed for college football talent. After successfully recruiting four-star defensive lineman Octavious Oxendine to UK, Vince Marrow set his sights on a pair of athletes in the 2021 class, defensive back Jordan Lovett and running back La’Vell Wright. Ranked either fifth or sixth in the state depending on the recruiting service, last season Lovett led the state in interceptions (15) while Wright earned Second Team All-State honors (1,910 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns).
Wright entered the recruiting scene in his sophomore season as a one-man wrecking crew. Arm tackling will not take Wright to the ground. A bruiser that uses his strength in-between the box, his second scholarship offer came from the University of Tennessee. Purdue, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia quickly followed suit. One of a dozen talented in-state prospects that attended Junior Day this spring in Lexington, Marrow could soon reel in a homegrown back that excels in short yardage situations.
If Kentucky closes the deal on Young, he would be one of the highest-ranked running backs to ever commit to the Cats. A four-star prospect and the No. 17 running back in America according to Rivals, Young has scholarship offers from Alabama, LSU, Nebraska, Michigan State and a slew of other schools.
Another Vince Marrow recruit, Young hails from Akron, OK. The yin to Wright’s yang, instead of bowling over defenders you’ll see Young simply sprinting past would-be tacklers that cannot keep up with his fast feet.