We are two weeks away from the craziest college football recruiting day of the calendar year. As staffers prepare for the final official visits, coaches are traveling all across the country to meet face-to-face with committed players and their final stop targets.
You’ve already seen some of the snapshots on KSR. Vince Marrow posed for a photo with Vito Tisdale Tuesday night, while Mark Stoops made Josaih Hayes a priority, bringing in defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc, defensive coordinator Brad White and Hayes’ lead recruiter, Jon Sumrall. The move sent a strong message to Hayes just days after Matt Luke was fired at Ole Miss and days before he officially visits Lexington.
Over the next 24 hours Sumrall traveled from Lake Horn, Ms. to Dublin, Ga. to meet with future UK inside linebacker D’Eryk Jackson‘s family.
Had a great home visit with my football coach from Kentucky tonight. Big thanks to GOD for this opportunity & to my family for being supportive! ?? pic.twitter.com/AKCsJGpQI3
— Derykjackson (@Derykjackson4) December 5, 2019
Eddie Gran is bouncing around from state to state. Tuesday afternoon he spent some time with one of his future running backs, JuTahn McClain. The explosive athlete from Cincinnati was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in Ohio’s largest football class after McClain rushed for 1,800 yards (8.8 ypc.) and 21 touchdowns in 2019, his second consecutive season with at least 1,600 yards on the ground.
— JuTahn McClain (@JuTahn) December 4, 2019
Since the trip to Ohio, Gran has been to the D.C. area (better known as the DMV in recruiting circles) and South Florida, where four-star commit Samuel Anaele calls home. R.J. Adams resides in the DMV and recently unofficially Lexington for the UT Martin game. He’ll reveal his final decision on Dec. 18, choosing between UK, Penn State, Miami, Florida State, NC State, Tennessee, LSU and Alabama on the first day of the Early Signing Period.
Wide receivers coach Michael Smith returned to his comfort zone in Louisiana. This afternoon he gave Tyrell Raby his first scholarship offer. Who is Tyrell Raby? The 2021 prospect shares a secondary with Joel Williams at Madison Prep Academy in Baton Rouge. Williams announces his college decision Dec. 17 and things are looking up for the Cats.
— Tyrell Raby ? (@ykrell_) December 4, 2019
Underclassmen in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Florida and Maryland received offers in the last 24 hours. Kentucky’s coaches are everywhere.