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Who UK’s Coaches Visited Two Weeks Prior to the Early Signing Period

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.

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.

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.

Underclassmen in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Florida and Maryland received offers in the last 24 hours. Kentucky’s coaches are everywhere.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

3 Comments for Who UK’s Coaches Visited Two Weeks Prior to the Early Signing Period

  1. Bluebloodtoo
    10:10 pm December 4, 2019 Permalink

    It wasn’t that long ago that we were hoping to steal our in state talent from likes of Ohio st, Penn state, and the perennial SEC powers. Now it seems that we are winning those battles with premier out of state talent. Give those guys a raise!!

  2. dan1965
    11:40 pm December 4, 2019 Permalink

    Love the commitment to recruiting ,Big Dog really goes after it and does a great job,as does the entire staff.
    Also glad to see them not backing down,so what if Alabama offered them,they got beat twice this year,and you gotta believe we can get the job done, that in the years to come and we play them,we can compete,and hang an “L” on them as well ! Go get em Stops and staff !

  3. notFromhere
    9:06 am December 5, 2019 Permalink

    Such great young men the staff is finding and bringing to UK. Can’t wait to see them in Lexington! That Jackson family pic is awesome! Thanks for choosing Kentucky, fellas