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Russ Yeast lands scholarship offer from Alabama

 Posted by at 11:41 PM on July 23, 2016  Comments Off on Russ Yeast lands scholarship offer from Alabama
Jul 232016
 
Russ Yeast

Russ Yeast

Former UK football commitment Russ Yeast landed a scholarship offer from Alabama during a recruiting visit to the Southeastern Conference powerhouse Saturday.

Yeast — a three-star athlete in the class of 2017 — backed out of his commitment to the Wildcats last month after being committed for nearly a year. He is the son of former UK star Craig Yeast.

A few days ago, Yeast released a list of his final six schools: Auburn, Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Mississippi and Northwestern. UK was notably absent from that group, and Alabama likely will now be in the mix if the Tide continue to recruit him seriously.

Yeast also visited Ole Miss this weekend.

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Five-star basketball recruit narrows list of schools

 Posted by at 11:05 PM on July 22, 2016  Comments Off on Five-star basketball recruit narrows list of schools
Jul 222016
 
Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt

Five-star basketball recruit Jarred Vanderbilt announced Friday that he has narrowed his list to nine schools: UK, Arizona, Baylor, Houston, Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Texas Christian.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Houston visited UK for a game at Rupp Arena last season and played several games in the state of Kentucky with his high school team. UK is the favorite on Vanderbilt’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

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Five-star UK basketball target on ESPNU on Thursday

 Posted by at 11:27 AM on July 21, 2016  Comments Off on Five-star UK basketball target on ESPNU on Thursday
Jul 212016
 
Lonnie Walker

Lonnie Walker

Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker will play a nationally televised game in Las Vegas on Thursday night.

Walker’s Team Final (Pa.) squad meets up with Team CP3 (N.C.) in the semifinals of “The 8” tournament. The game will be shown live at 7 p.m., on ESPNU. Top-five-recruit Wendell Carter plays for Team CP3 and has included UK on his list of eight finalists, but the Wildcats have not been seriously recruiting him over the past few weeks.

UK is very interested in Walker, a 6-foot-4 prospect from Reading, Pa., and one of a handful of backcourt players in the class of 2017 with a scholarship offer from the Wildcats. He shot 40 percent from three-point range during the Nike EYBL regular season and told reporters at the Peach Jam finals earlier this month that UK had picked up its recruiting efforts.

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UK assistant watching top basketball recruits in Chile

 Posted by at 11:41 AM on July 19, 2016  Comments Off on UK assistant watching top basketball recruits in Chile
Jul 192016
 
Washington

Washington

UK special assistant Joel Justus is in Chile this week to see some of the Wildcats’ top recruiting targets play in the FIBA Americas championships.

Justus will watch class of 2017 prospects Mohamed Bamba, Hamidou Diallo, Quade Green, P.J. Washington and Trae Young, all members of the Team USA U18 squad and major UK recruiting targets for next year.

Team USA starts things off Tuesday afternoon with a pool play game against Puerto Rico. The gold-medal game will be played Saturday night.

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UK no longer in the mix for 2017 basketball recruit

 Posted by at 11:16 PM on July 18, 2016  Comments Off on UK no longer in the mix for 2017 basketball recruit
Jul 182016
 
Tillman

Tillman

Four-star basketball recruit Xavier Tillman told MLive.com that he has narrowed his list to four schools: Michigan State, Purdue, Marquette and Florida.

Tillman — a 6-foot-8 power forward from Grand Rapids, Mich. — told reporters at last summer’s NBPA Top 100 Camp that he had received a scholarship offer from UK, but it became clear in the following months that the Wildcats were not seriously recruiting him.

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National analysts predicting Jedrick Wills to Alabama

 Posted by at 11:05 PM on July 18, 2016  Comments Off on National analysts predicting Jedrick Wills to Alabama
Jul 182016
 
Jedrick Wills

Jedrick Wills

247Sports national recruiting analysts Ryan Bartow and Steve Wiltfong are now predicting that Lafayette offensive lineman Jedrick Wills will ultimately commit to Alabama.

Both recruiting analysts logged those predictions on Wills’ Crystal Ball page Monday, two days after the 6-foot-5, 315-pound prospect took an unofficial visit to Alabama.

Wills is Kentucky’s top recruiting target in the class of 2017, and Rivals.com ranks him as a five-star prospect and the No. 17 overall recruit in the country. UK and Notre Dame have been seen as the favorites for Wills, who is expected to narrow his list to five schools sometime soon.

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Wendell Carter narrows his list to eight schools

 Posted by at 3:05 PM on July 18, 2016  Comments Off on Wendell Carter narrows his list to eight schools
Jul 182016
 
Wendell Carter

Wendell Carter

Top-five basketball recruit Wendell Carter announced Monday that he has narrowed his list to eight schools: UK, Arizona, California, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Harvard and North Carolina.

Carter — a 6-foot-9 post player from Atlanta — told reporters at the Nike Peach Jam earlier this month that he had not heard from UK in several months. It’s become clear that the Wildcats have moved on to other five-star big men in the 2017 class, but Carter is still keeping them on his list.

Duke is perceived to be the heavy favorite for Carter, though he will take his first official visit to Harvard this fall. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 3 overall prospect in the class of 2017.

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Several UK football visitors earn scholarship offers

 Posted by at 10:42 AM on July 18, 2016  Comments Off on Several UK football visitors earn scholarship offers
Jul 182016
 
UK Coach Mark Stoops

UK Coach Mark Stoops

The UK football program’s summer camp season ended with the Sunday Night Lights Camp at Commonwealth Stadium on Sunday, and several underclassmen left Lexington with new scholarship offers.

Here’s a quick rundown of the recruits who picked up UK offers at the camp:

Cameron Hoelscher (2018): A 6-foot-2, 210-pound inside linebacker from Springfield, Ohio, Hoelscher earned his first offer from the Cats and will be recruited by Vince Marrow. He attends the same high school in Ohio that produced UK freshman defensive lineman Kordell Looney.

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Football recruit Russ Yeast no longer listing Kentucky

 Posted by at 2:40 PM on July 17, 2016  Comments Off on Football recruit Russ Yeast no longer listing Kentucky
Jul 172016
 
Russ Yeast

Russ Yeast

Class of 2017 football prospect Russ Yeast — the son of former UK star Craig Yeast — is no longer listing the Wildcats in his recruitment.

Russ Yeast released a list of his top six schools Sunday, and that group consists of Louisville, Iowa, Mississippi, Auburn, Northwestern and Illinois. The three-star athlete from Greenwood, Ind., visited U of L this weekend.

Yeast committed to UK last July but backed off of that commitment a few weeks ago. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 51 athlete nationally in the class of 2017, and he projects as a wide receiver or defensive back at the college level.

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Top-10 recruit Kevin Knox narrows list to 10 schools

 Posted by at 8:46 PM on July 16, 2016  Comments Off on Top-10 recruit Kevin Knox narrows list to 10 schools
Jul 162016
 
Kevin Knox

Kevin Knox

Elite basketball recruit Kevin Knox released a list of his final 10 schools Saturday night, and Kentucky is still in the mix.

UK joins Alabama, Arizona, Duke, Florida State, Kansas, Louisiana State, Miami, North Carolina and Villanova on Knox’s list. He said at last week’s Nike Peach Jam finals that he does not intend to announce a college decision until the spring.

Knox — a 6-foot-9 small forward from Tampa, Fla. — was named by MaxPreps.com as the national junior of the year following this past high school season. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 6 overall prospect in the class of 2017.

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