The class of 2016 is shaping up to be a good one for in-state football players, and two of those prospects were included in the new ESPN Top 300 released Tuesday.
Woodford County offensive lineman Drake Jackson is the No. 164 overall player in the class, according to ESPN. The 6-foot-2, 280-pound prospect is also listed as the No. 1 overall offensive guard in 2016. He has already visited UK several times and the Wildcats are considered a heavy favorite in his recruitment.
Lafayette offensive lineman Landon Young is ranked as the No. 271 overall prospect in the class. Young — a 6-6, 260-pound offensive tackle — committed to Kentucky last summer and remains the Cats’ only pledge for 2016.
The ESPN 300 includes 12 players from Ohio, where Kentucky has had a lot of recruiting success under Coach Mark Stoops. There are also several players from the Washington, D.C., area, where UK has already pulled in three commitments for the class of 2015.
One of the 2016 prospects from the D.C. area is linebacker Keandre Jones (No. 257), who plays for Good Counsel in Olney, Md. UK has secured two commitments from Good Counsel players in the past two classes.
UK’s top quarterback target in the class — North Carolina’s Austin Kendall — is ranked as the No. 157 overall prospect and No. 16 pocket-passing QB for 2016. Kendall’s older brother will be a walk-on receiver at UK this fall.