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In addition to hosting several prospects from the class of 2015 for last-minute visits before next week’s signing day, the UK football program held a “junior day” event in Lexington this weekend.

Top class of 2016 commitment Drake Jackson made the short trip from Woodford County. He’s one of four in-state players already committed to UK for next year.

Male wide receiver Keion Wakefield — arguably UK’s top remaining in-state target for 2016 — was also in town for the festivities. Male quarterback Davis Mattingly tweeted a photo with his high school teammate from inside the UK locker room.

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More on new UK football commitment Josh Allen

 Posted by at 4:20 PM on January 31, 2015  No Responses »
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Montclair (N.J.) Coach John Fiore talked to the Herald-Leader on Saturday about Josh Allen’s recruitment and whirlwind commitment to UK the night before. Read that story here.

Fiore also provided some interesting tidbits on Allen that didn’t make that story:

Position: Allen had 22.5 sacks in his first full season as a defensive end last fall, but Fiore said he is capable of playing multiple positions at the college level, including D-end, linebacker, tight end and wide receiver. He had more than 500 yards and five touchdowns receiving, and Fiore noted that his team did not throw much in the second half of games. Some schools were recruiting him as a pass-catcher, but UK sees him as either a defensive end or “jack” linebacker.

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Defensive end Josh Allen commits to Kentucky

 Posted by at 12:03 PM on January 31, 2015  No Responses »
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Josh Allen

Josh Allen

Josh Allen — a three-star defensive end from New Jersey — committed to Kentucky on Friday night while on his official visit to Lexington, his high school coach told the Herald-Leader.

Montclair Coach John Fiore said UK assistant Derrick Ansley met with Allen and his mother at the high school in New Jersey on Friday morning and immediately offered a scholarship, then Allen boarded a plane for Kentucky to start his official visit.

The commitment came a few hours later.

Allen is UK’s 16th commitment for the class of 2016, and his pledge comes just one day after the Cats lost a commitment from three-star defensive end Tyrone Riley, who flipped to N.C. State.

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Caleb Swanigan

Swanigan

Five-star post player Caleb Swanigan is scheduled to take two more unofficial recruiting visits this weekend.

Swanigan — a 6-9 prospect from Indiana — will be in Louisville on Saturday for the Cards’ home game against North Carolina. On Sunday, he returns to Michigan State to watch the Spartans face rival Michigan, according to INBasketballSource.com.

Notre Dame hosted Swanigan on Wednesday for its game against Duke, another school that is recruiting him heavily.

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UK football loses another commitment for 2015

 Posted by at 4:36 PM on January 30, 2015  1 Response »
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Tyrone Riley

Tyrone Riley

Class of 2015 defensive end Tyrone Riley flipped his commitment from Kentucky to N.C. State on Friday.

WSAV-TV in Riley’s hometown of Savannah, Ga., was the first to report the news.

Rivals.com ranks Riley — a 6-foot-6, 245-pound prospect — as the No. 27 weakside defensive end in the senior class. He had been committed to Kentucky since November, though he did take an official visit to N.C. State earlier this month.

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Jan 302015
 
Richardson

Richardson

Three-star wide receiver Tavin Richardson had been saying for months that Kentucky was the top school in his recruitment. On Friday, he made it official.

Richardson announced his commitment to the Wildcats, picking them over fellow finalist Central Florida. The 6-foot-3 prospect also collected scholarship offers from Louisville, Nebraska and Pittsburgh, among others, throughout the course of his recruitment.

UK’s coaches have targeted Richardson for months as their No. 1 priority at wide receiver, and he made several trips to Lexington before taking his official visit last weekend. Wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord was his primary recruiter, and new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson also visited with him multiple times in the past few weeks.

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Jan 292015
 
Tavin Richardson | Photo: Rivals.com

Tavin Richardson | Photo: Rivals.com

One major UK football recruiting target will announce his college decision Friday, the same day that several other prospects begin their final official visits before national signing day.

South Carolina wide receiver Tavin Richardson is scheduled to reveal his college choice at 4 p.m. UK and Central Florida are the two finalists, and the Cats are favorites to land the three-star prospect.

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Jan 292015
 
Harry Giles

Harry Giles

UK recruiting target Harry Giles is back on top of the Scout.com basketball rankings for the class of 2016.

Giles — a 6-foot-10 power forward from North Carolina — was ranked No. 1 in the class before suffering a torn ACL and missing his entire sophomore season. He moved back to the top spot in Thursday’s update of the rankings.

UK hosted Giles for Big Blue Madness in 2013, and Coach John Calipari has seen him play multiple times. Duke and North Carolina are among the other top schools in his recruitment.

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Labissiere

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Bryant

Bryant

UK signee Skal Labissiere and one of the Wildcats’ top recruiting targets for the class of 2015 will play two games each at the Huntington Invitational starting Thursday in West Virginia.

Huntington Prep big man Thomas Bryant plays Thursday and Friday, while Labissiere will be in action Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. All games will be played at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

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Jan 282015
 
Isaiah Briscoe

Isaiah Briscoe

UK basketball signees Isaiah Briscoe and Taylor Murray were named to this year’s McDonald’s All-American Games during a nationally televised selection show Wednesday night.

Briscoe – a 6-foot-3 guard from New Jersey — is considered the No. 9 overall prospect in the class of 2015 by Rivals.com. He was the only one of three UK signees chosen for the McDonald’s boys’ game.

Chicago guard Charles Matthews was nominated but not selected for the showcase. Memphis forward Skal Labissiere was not nominated for the game after being ruled ineligible by the Tennessee high school athletics association over a transfer flap.

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