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Visitors in Lexington for the Football Recruiting Summer Finale

UK’s only 2018 commit, QB Jarren Williams, via Scout.

After hosting a variety of camps over the last two months, camp season comes to an end at the University of Kentucky this weekend before the real football season begins.

Today there’s a 7-on-7 team competition for high schools and a lineman camp for the big boys.  Tomorrow’s Sunday Night Lights Camp at Commonwealth Stadium is the coaching staff’s last effort to roll out the red carpet for their top targets.  Here’s a look at who is going in and out of Lexington this weekend.

Current Commits 

OL Austin Dotson — The Belfry native impressed throughout the day.

WR Joshua Ali — The Cats’ most recent commit, from Florida.

LB Jamin Davis — The OLB has been a long-time commit, but UofL is trying to swoop in for a steal.

ATH Tyrell Ajian — The 4-star athlete will likely play safety at UK; autocorrect will likely ruin the spelling of his last name at least a dozen times before he’s at UK.

WR Javonte Richardson — The WR is one of the highest ranked commitments they’ve ever received.

QB Jarren Williams — UK’s only commit in 2018 is making the trip for the first time since pledging to Kentucky.

Commitment Watch

There’s plenty of buzz about a potential commitment coming from Stoops’ hometown.  Lynn Bowden is a 4-star Youngstown athlete that dominates both sides of the ball at running back and cornerback.  Vince Marrow and Mark Stoops are trying to convince him to stick the hometown guys instead of opting for Penn State or Michigan State.

Bowden breaks off defenders during the regular season, via Tribune Chronicle.

Top 2017 Targets

DE MJ Webb — The #8 strong-side defensive end in the class, Webb is probably the highest-ranked recruit in attendance.  He has offers from everybody, yet UK remains at the top of his list near South Carolina, Auburn, Tennessee and Alabama.

WR Danny Davis — The 4-star 6’3″ Ohio wideout is ranked in the top 250 nationally for Fairfield High in Ohio.  Penn State, Michigan State and West Virginia are also at the top of his list.

DE BJ Sharpe — A 3-star on the strong side, Jimmy Brumbaugh spent some extra time with the Georgia native who already has an offer from Alabama.

FS Ahman Ross — The former Miami commit and Mac Jones’ high school teammate is expected to be in town tomorrow.

DE Josh Johnson — A 6’5″ 245-pound native of Peachtree, Georgia, Johnson has yet to receive any major offers.

WR Justin Marshall — UK isn’t included in his top ten and UofL is considered a favorite, but anything can happen, right?

DT Emmanuel McNeil — The 3-star bruiser holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State and many more.  His high school quarterback, Jarren Williams, is committed to UK.

RB Morgan Ellison — A Pickerington Central teammate of Jaylin Bannerman’s, the 3-star running back does not currently hold an offer from Kentucky.

FS Hunter Sims — Also considered an “athlete,” he’s teammates with Jarren Williams’ Central Gwinnett, competing in the 7-on-7 tournament.

FS Tariq Carpenter — The speedster from Florida has committed to play for UCF.

Webb Tweeted from @mwebb_8, “Should I be Stoops next Troop?”

Young Guns

DE Malik Vann — The Fairfield, Ohio native ranked tenth at his position in the class of 2018 is also considering Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State.

WR Johnny Fritz — UK was the first offer for the tall 2018 St. Cloud, Fl. wide receiver.

CB Andre Seldon Jr. — From the Detroit area, he was offered by UK before playing a game in high school.

DE Stephen Herron Jr. — A Trinity freshman last fall, Justin Rowland believes an offer could be coming soon.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

3 Comments for Visitors in Lexington for the Football Recruiting Summer Finale

  1. CB3UK
    4:33 pm July 16, 2016 Permalink

    A lot of possibilities to be excited about. Let’s hope we can rack up some wins this fall, and secure some more commitments for ’17 and ’18. Nice write up Nick.

  2. 25OR624
    7:33 pm July 16, 2016 Permalink

    Question: When will Lexington officially change its name to Rolexington?

  3. Kat 308
    8:35 am July 18, 2016 Permalink

    Yes MJ Webb should be Stoops next Troop!!!!!!!!!!!!