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Where UK Recruits Land in New Rivals Rankings

Before the college football recruiting world transforms into a tailspin of commitments across the country ahead of the Early Signing Period, the fine folks at Rivals have released one final assessment of the 2020 class. The Rivals250 — the name given to their top 250 players — features a couple of UK commitments and a few players who could eventually become Wildcats.

No. 15 Justin Rogers

Even though the Michigan lineman dropped one spot, Rogers is still set to become the highest-ranked signee of the Rivals recruiting era. He plans on playing defensive tackle at Kentucky.

No. 106 Samuel Anaele

The four-star defensive end moved up six spots in the latest update. A one-time Miami commit, he is leaving his home city to rush passers at UK.

No. 108 Tyler Baron

The uncommitted four-star defensive end from Knoxville will pick either Tennessee, Ohio State or Kentucky on Dec. 18. His father currently serves as an administrator on Jeremy Pruitt’s staff. Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow visited him at his school on Monday.


No. 160 Josaih Hayes

Before the four-star defensive tackle moved up six spots, Hayes’ family hosted four Kentucky coaches at his home in Horn Lake, Ms. The former Ole Miss commit will officially visit Kentucky this weekend.

No. 205 Michael Drennen II

The incredible all-purpose back from Dublin, Oh. took a big dip in the rankings, dropping 46 spots after an injury forced him to miss multiple games during his senior season. Rankings be damned. If the man who goes by ‘Donut’ ultimately picks Kentucky, he’ll be a plug-and-play right away as a dynamic slot receiver that can also take handoffs out of the backfield.

One of UK’s most important remaining targets, he’s kept his recruitment quiet throughout the process. As the one constant in his recruitment, the lack of news is most likely good news for the Cats, even though visits to USC and Florida are on his schedule before the beginning of the early signing period.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

3 Comments for Where UK Recruits Land in New Rivals Rankings

  1. highway119
    11:42 am December 5, 2019 Permalink

    Remember when we were happy if we had 1 in the top 300 commits? Now we have 2 in top 250 committed, and another 3 that we have a good shot at. And it has been a steady climb in getting great players, and getting those who are vastly underrated and developing them (Josh Allen, Calvin Taylor, Benny Snell, Logan Stenberg, among others). Can’t wait til signing day! And the bowl game! And next season! It’s a great time to be a Kentucky football fan!

  2. notFromhere
    1:00 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

    Sure is, highway119. Hope the staff can bring in these other players, even though they’ve shown they can do more than compete without the higher rated players.

    If they can come within one game of the SEC East title without the top recruiting classes other SEC teams have landed every year, imagine what they could do WITH one or two or more top 15-20 classes. Tennessee with all of their yearly recruiting success hasn’t done a thing in the East for a long time. It’s been a long time for USC as well, and they’re always near the top in class rankings.

  3. JASUN74
    4:58 pm December 5, 2019 Permalink

    Amen Notfromhere!! If we can just get steady around 15, look out. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we have the best staff in the country at developing players!! It’s just a shame that we can’t get some kids that don’t take as long to get there. We will though.

    I do believe we’re getting hotter on these kids mind and what parents wouldn’t want their kids to come here. It’s a true family away from home and great men looking out for them. I love where we are now, but of course I’d love to see us becoming a top ten team every year. I do believe that’s where we’re heading. Thanks