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Who Wants to be Next? Recruits that could follow Justin Rogers’ lead

Kentucky’s 2020 recruiting class was pretty empty until about a month ago. That all changed when a handful of elite prospects descended upon Lexington for a official visits. The following day, John Young was the first domino to fall. Now all four of the players pictured above are Kentucky commits.

The addition of Justin Rogers has given the Kentucky football coaches a new layer on top of a solid foundation. Talented players want to play with other talented players. Here are the most likely candidates to join the party:

Enzo Jennings

A four-star cornerback and Top 100 overall athlete, Rogers’ Oak Park High School teammate has been recruited by UK for just as long. Now a rising senior, most experts believe he’ll end up at Penn State. Jennings revealed yesterday his other two favorites are Notre Dame and UK. Only one of those schools was on the t-shirt he wore to yesterday’s announcement. He’s expected to be in Lexington for an official visit in June.


Richie Leonard

Committed to UK just a month ago, Leonard reopened his recruitment when Florida State put on the full court press. The three-star Cocoa, Florida interior offensive lineman has been on campus and developed relationships with many of the Cats’ current commits. Once the only soldier in the 2020 class, now that more and more are hopping on board, he’s taking notice. His first Tweet following Rogers’ announcement:

Leonard has already announced a second and final decision date, July 5. It’s his birthday present to his mother.

Deondre Buford

The only player who hasn’t committed from that infamous official visit weekend, Buford is a top 25 prospect and a four-star recruit according to 247 Sports. Another athlete from Detroit, Penn State recently got in the mix, while Auburn applies the most pressure on Kentucky.

Kalil Branham

The four-star wide receiver was committed to Michigan when he visited Lexington for the Blue/White Game. Shortly after sitting in the Kroger Field stands, the Columbus, Ohio native reopened his recruitment. A few weeks later, he officially visited UK. Branham has no plans for an upcoming announcement or even a list of finalists, however, the Cats are in a prime position at this point in the process.

“I like everything about UK, the facilities, dorms, the people, fans. I like everything,” he told KSR last week.

Vito Tisdale

The No. 1 player in the state of Kentucky is a top 200 prospect in America. The 6’1″ 200-pound Bowling Green safety is a future star that has spent quite a bit of time in Lexington this spring. Recruited early and often by Oklahoma, the most recent wave of predictions point Tisdale to UK.

North Hardin defensive tackle Octavious Oxendine and Louisville Male wide receiver Izayah Cummings are two other top UK targets, but neither appear to be on the verge of committing anytime soon. Tisdale, on the other hand, may start feeling froggy after seeing all of his friends recently pull the trigger.

Samuel Anaele

A four-star prospect from Carol City, Florida, he committed to nearby Miami in January of 2018. Throughout the tumultuous coaching change, Rivals’ No. 5 weakside defensive end remained committed to the Canes, but he’s still taking visits. Anaele is expected to officially visit UK this summer. On a previous trip to Lexington, he posed with Josh Allen right before the pass rusher was picked seventh overall in the NFL Draft. Yes, that’s a rising high school senior that’s just as large as Josh Allen.



Article written by Nick Roush

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

7 Comments for Who Wants to be Next? Recruits that could follow Justin Rogers’ lead

  1. Duuuuuude
    3:30 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Samuel Anaele….Maygad!

  2. EastKYCAT
    4:05 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    I have said this multiple times on this site. Football is taking over baby. This last month has been the most excited I have been for recruiting in I don’t know how long, yes everybody that is about basketball, that means basketball recruiting as well. What Stoops and company are doing this recruiting season has never been seen before on the football scale. Everybody calling for Stoops head year 3, what do you say now? Mitch, give everything you got in your arsenal to keep Stoops and his GIANT slayers (Marrow, Clinkscale, White and Schlarman). WHO IS EXCITED ABOUT SOME FOOTBALL!!!!! OH C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS!!!!

  3. stevemotley
    6:54 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink


  4. notFromhere
    9:59 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Football is finally getting to where we want it to be, but it’s not an either or thing or a competition. BOTH can be great. Football can take over the Fall and Basketball the Winter and early Spring, then spring football to close it out! Plenty of room for 2 hige sports to excel in this program, along with a few morr

  5. mashburnfan1
    1:03 am May 22, 2019 Permalink

    It almost sounds like the staff convinced these guys to be “that group” to come here as best group ever and do something even more special. When they are recruiting each other they say “remember what we talked about” etc. Love it and hope it works. Seems to be an exciting group of possible great talent. Come on other guys and join in and LETSSSSSS GOOOOOOO. UK football is starting to win the battle.

  6. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    12:14 am May 24, 2019 Permalink

    Could you imagine what this staff could do with a couple of 5 stars and a hand full of 4s. They get the best potential out of just about everyone including 2 stars so by the time is all said and done we’re looking at a playoff run. I wonder what all the haters would think if Stoops gets a Natty before Cal does.