Less than 24 hours after his high school career came to an end, Damien Harris made a day of things in Lexington.
Harris — the nation’s No. 1 running back — attended UK’s basketball practice Saturday morning and then headed across campus to Commonwealth Stadium for the Cats’ home finale against Georgia.
It was the sixth UK football game that Harris has attended this season. The only home game he missed — against Ohio — was the same day that he was taking his official visit to Ohio State.
Harris had only nine carries for 52 yards in his return from a knee injury Friday night. Madison Southern lost its playoff opener, 49-18, to Letcher County Central.
Coach Mark Stoops gave Harris, who was wearing a white UK jacket, a big hug when he spotted him before Saturday’s game.
Harris was joined by a few class of 2015 commitments, including offensive linemen Mason Wolfe and Logan Stenberg. Several UK commitments were unable to make the trip due to their high school playoffs.
The top five juniors in Kentucky were all in attendance Saturday.
Before the game, uncommitted Woodford County offensive lineman Drake Jackson introduced UK commitments Quinton Baker and Landon Young to each other on the field. Jackson, the state’s No. 1 junior, has said that the Wildcats are the favorite in his recruitment, and he is expected to make a college announcement in the next few weeks.
McCracken County athlete Zy’Aire Hughes arrived on the field shortly before the game, and Henry Clay defensive back Davonte Robinson was also expected to attend.
Jackson, Young, Baker, Hughes and Robinson are ranked by 247Sports as the top five in-state players for the class of 2016.
Junior-college defensive end Larry Jefferson was among the surprise visitors Saturday. Jefferson — a 6-foot-5 prospect — committed to Iowa State a few weeks ago but was led around the field by UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow before Saturday’s game.
247Sports ranks Jefferson as one of the top 100 junior-college players in the country.
South Carolina wide receiver Tavin Richardson was expected to be in town this weekend but told the Herald-Leader that he did not make the trip. Richardson will take his official visit to UK in December.
Sophomore defensive back Isaiah Pryor did attend Saturday’s game and got a little one-on-one time with Stoops before the game. Pryor — a Georgia native — is considered the No. 67 overall prospect in the class of 2017 by 247Sports, which ranks him as the No. 5 safety in the class. He has reported scholarship offers from Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee, among others.