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What we learned about 3 UK Football Commits at the Friday Night Showcase Camp

Typically, football commitments spend time at Kentucky football camps hanging out on the sideline. Not this year. Beau Allen, John Young and Andru Phillips went toe-to-toe against the competition at Friday night’s showcase camp. Here’s what we learned about each player.

Andru Phillips is a Stud

Right now the cornerback is the lowest-ranked player in Kentucky’s recruiting class. If he’s their worst player, this is the best class in school history and it’s not even close.

Every time a coach wanted to test a wide receiver, they called Phillips’ number. He consistently rose to the occasion. Pure speed is what wows most people, but elite agility makes a more significant difference for defensive backs. While receivers jab to try to shake the cornerback off the route, Phillips can seamlessly change direction to keep up.

His physicality is what really set him apart from the rest of the pack. It’s the kind of physicality I consistently saw from Derrick Baity in practices, but never from a high school prospect. Creating separation against his strength and length never came easy for the wide receivers Phillips faced. The battles between Phillips and three-star Louisville athlete Jordan Watkins were incredible. It may have been a preview of what’s to come on the UK practice fields.

Playing defense was not enough for Phillips. He had to catch a couple passes from Beau Allen.

Unfortunately, my camera wasn’t quick enough to consistently keep up with Phillips. I was too busy picking my jaw up off the ground.

Don’t Mess with John Young

Kentucky’s four-star offensive tackle commitment has all the tools to become a force in the SEC. That’s undeniable. He proved it time and time again facing defensive ends in one-on-one competition. Some players didn’t see it that way.

While going back and forth with a South Florida prospect, the opponent’s teammates started chirping. Even though Young won the drill by pushing the pass rusher beyond the quarterback, the “SoFlo” (South Florida) wide receivers on the sideline jawed at Young after every rep. Of course, he would not let that fly.

“This is my house. Who are you?”

Things almost got physical, but it never got out of hand. If they did come to blows, it would have been a fight the SoFlo kids would have quickly regretted.

Beau Allen can Sling It

Kentucky’s future quarterback has a knack for putting the ball right in the receiver’s bread basket. The right-handed pocket-passer makes life easy on his targets, throwing an incredibly catchable ball. When receivers came out of breaks, the ball was waiting for them.

Almost two years removed from the last time I saw Allen throw a football in person, the most notable difference was his size. Not the biggest guy, he’s put on some muscle. Beau still has plenty of room to add more strength to his right arm, one that had enough sauce to hit targets in stride 40+ yards downfield. The wind made a few balls wobbly, but they still made it there on time.

His best attribute has always been his release. That quick motion is even faster. Once he decides to let it fly, the ball is out of his hand. The time spent at camp will serve Allen well. Kentucky’s future quarterback has all of the tools needed to succeed in the SEC and room to improve.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

3 Comments for What we learned about 3 UK Football Commits at the Friday Night Showcase Camp

  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    6:47 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    This is what makes teams elite.

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    7:23 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    lowest ranked doesn’t mean worst player

  3. Kentuckiana
    9:00 pm June 8, 2019 Permalink

    If you are trying to get me “pumped up” for football, I am already there.
    Go Cats!!!