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UK Football Official Visitors give Rave Reviews

@N11KOLAS and @D1Ruke

@N11KOLAS and @D1Ruke

Top recruits are going in and out of the Kentucky football facility on a daily basis this summer.  Over the weekend, the Cats had their biggest recruiting event of the season.

Three-star tight end Nikolas Ognenovic made this visit to Lexington his first official.  Nik Scalzo’s tight end at Ft. Lauderdale’s Cardinal Gibbons High School, Ognenovic said he “felt the love” as soon as he stepped on campus.  With his potential future position coach, Vince Marrow, he posted the following picture with the caption, “I had an unbelievable first official visit at the University of Kentucky!”


Ognenovic was joined by five other official visitors: outside linebacker Marquez Bembry, cornerback Jaden Davis, defensive end Braylen Ingraham, offensive lineman Triston Miller and pass rusher Ruke Orhorhoro.

Not long after Davis, a four-star Top 300 prospect from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, arrived on campus, he Tweeted, “I’m at home when I’m down here in Lexington.”  He’ll choose his permanent college home on July 18.

Davis’ four-star Thomas Aquinas teammate, Ingraham, announced once he returned home that he will soon release a Top Six.  Expect to see Kentucky’s name on that list.

Bembry liked UK so much, the JuCo edge rusher committed as soon as he returned home.  Miller, an Under Armour All-American from North Carolina, seems to have enjoyed his trip to the Bluegrass.

Orhorhoro provided the most significant details about this weekend’s official visits in an interview with Rivals’ Josh Helmholdt. Hosted by nose tackle Quinton Bohanna, Orhorhoro enjoyed spending time with the players, all of which interacted like they were brothers.

“It went amazing,” Orhorhoro said. “I loved the people there, the atmosphere and the environment. It was way better than I expected.”

They didn’t beat football into his head, refraining from the topic completely during his first two days as they toured the football facilities and academic buildings around campus.  They even paid a visit to a local horse farm, which produced a fantastic response.

“It was pretty cool. I had never been to a horse farm in my life and those horses are really big in-person. They showed us a lot to do in Kentucky.”

The three-star Michigan pass-rusher will be in Clemson tomorrow before he officially visits Indiana next weekend.  Michigan is the other school in Orhorhoro’s top four.

Kentucky will host a few more official visitors this week.  Four-star Michigan defensive end Michael Fletcher is expected to arrive today, but I don’t think he got there before Georgia outside linebacker Tra Wilkins.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

3 Comments for UK Football Official Visitors give Rave Reviews

  1. kjd
    8:02 pm June 12, 2018 Permalink

    Part of the process. Hopefully, it leads to signatures.

  2. foamfinger
    8:52 pm June 12, 2018 Permalink

    Unless we are getting the top 1-3 for whatever position in the country, I’m kind of cool with getting undervalued players who have a chip on their shoulders and understand hard work. That worked well with Randall Cobb, Josh Allen, Benny Snell, Derrick Locke (wouldn’t have beaten LSU without him), and I’m sure there are tons of others out there. Not to say that I don’t mind getting 4- and 5-stars, but I think that the staff’s ability to identify good players early, build those relationships, and point to a guy like Josh Allen who has done everything right and may have worked his way into the first round of the NFL Draft speaks volumes.

    We need hard workers. That is what the Brooks teams were built on.

  3. gasman01
    9:04 pm June 12, 2018 Permalink

    Waiting for signatures before I get excited.