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Nine UK football commitments in new Rivals rankings

 Posted by at 12:34 PM on December 8, 2016  Comments Off on Nine UK football commitments in new Rivals rankings
Dec 082016
 
Danny Clark

Danny Clark

Rivals.com updated its position rankings for football players in the class of 2017 on Thursday, and several Kentucky commitments are listed among the nation’s best.

Danny Clark is the No. 16 pro-style quarterback nationally and one of seven future SEC pro-style QBs on the list. (Alabama commitment and former UK pledge Mac Jones is No. 8). Lafayette’s Walker Wood is listed as the No. 24 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 class, and there are five other SEC commitments listed at that position.

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Two new Crystal Ball predictions favor UK football

 Posted by at 12:00 PM on December 8, 2016  Comments Off on Two new Crystal Ball predictions favor UK football
Dec 082016
 
Wright

Wright

A national recruiting analyst at 247Sports is predicting that two more of UK’s top remaining targets for the class of 2017 will eventually commit to the Wildcats.

247Sports national recruiting insider Ryan Bartow logged Crystal Ball picks in UK’s favor Thursday morning for three-star defensive end Jordan Wright and under-the-radar wide receiver Isaiah Epps.

Wright — a 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 21 weakside defensive end in the class of 2017. Epps — a 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect from Jenks, Okla. — is not yet ranked by 247Sports.

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UK signee Alexander visits for UK-Valparaiso game

 Posted by at 12:13 AM on December 8, 2016  Comments Off on UK signee Alexander visits for UK-Valparaiso game
Dec 082016
 
Alexander

Alexander

UK signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was in Rupp Arena on Wednesday night for UK’s 87-63 victory over Valparaiso.

Alexander — one of the Wildcats’ four early signees for the class of 2017 — visited UK with his Hamilton Heights (Tenn.) teammates. Hamilton Heights will play two games at the Buckeye Elite National Showcase in Portsmouth, Ohio — just across the Ohio River from Kentucky — on Thursday and Saturday.

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UK football target will announce decision next week

 Posted by at 12:36 PM on December 7, 2016  Comments Off on UK football target will announce decision next week
Dec 072016
 

Highly touted junior-college defensive back Lonnie Johnson will announce his college decision Tuesday at his former high school in Gary, Ind.

Johnson — a 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 junior-college safety for the class of 2017, though he could also play cornerback at the next level.

UK hosted Johnson for an official visit this past weekend, and he’s scheduled to take an official visit to Georgia this weekend, following the Bulldogs’ scholarship offer Monday. West Virginia entered December as the favorite in his recruitment.

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Trae Young’s father explains why UK target waited

 Posted by at 10:31 PM on December 6, 2016  Comments Off on Trae Young’s father explains why UK target waited
Dec 062016
 
Trae Young

Trae Young

Five-star point guard Trae Young and his father, former Texas Tech star Ray Young, appeared on The Summer Podcast this week, and Trae’s recruitment was one of the primary topics of conversation.

Young — a 6-foot-2 prospect from Norman, Okla. — is basically down to four schools: Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and he decided not to sign with a college program during the early period last month. That means he won’t sign with a school until April, though Trae and his father have both mentioned early January as a possible timeframe for a decision.

Ray Young explained why they decided to hold off on a commitment.

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UK commitment, major target in new Rivals 250

 Posted by at 12:36 PM on December 6, 2016  Comments Off on UK commitment, major target in new Rivals 250
Dec 062016
 
Richardson

Richardson

UK football commitment Javonte Richardson is the No. 105 overall prospect in the class of 2017, according to the new Rivals 250 rankings released Tuesday.

Richardson — a 6-foot-4, 205-pound player from Maple Heights, Ohio — is classified as an “athlete” but projects as a wide receiver in college. He took his official visit to Lexington last weekend and appears to be solid in his commitment to the Cats.

Fellow Ohio native Lynn Bowden — one of UK’s top remaining targets — was one of the biggest risers in the new Rivals.com rankings, moving up 49 spots to No. 191 overall. Bowden is also classified as an “athlete” and could play several different positions in college — most likely an offensive “skill” spot or defensive back.

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UK extends offer to in-state player in 2019 class

 Posted by at 5:54 PM on December 5, 2016  Comments Off on UK extends offer to in-state player in 2019 class
Dec 052016
 

Glasgow High School sophomore lineman Tanner Bowles has received a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Bowles — a 6-foot-5, 280-pound prospect in the class of 2019 — plays on both sides of the ball. His older brother, Hunter Bowles, is a former University of Louisville football player and was also a standout at Glasgow High.

U of L is also recruiting Tanner Bowles — and he’s visited both UK and Louisville this year — but the Wildcats are the first major school to extend a scholarship offer.

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Isaiah Briscoe now listed in mock draft for 2017

 Posted by at 1:35 PM on December 5, 2016  Comments Off on Isaiah Briscoe now listed in mock draft for 2017
Dec 052016
 
Isaiah Briscoe, left, and Malik Monk. Herald-Leader photo

UK guards Isaiah Briscoe, left, and Malik Monk.
Herald-Leader photo

UK sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe has been included in DraftExpress.com’s 2017 mock draft for the first time this season, coming in as the No. 60 overall pick in the latest update Monday afternoon.

Briscoe is averaging 17.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for the Wildcats so far this season. Many around the program expect him to enter the NBA Draft following his sophomore year. He was ranked as the No. 83 overall draft prospect in the previous update from DraftExpress.com. There are 60 total picks in the NBA Draft.

UK freshman guard Malik Monk is the No. 5 overall pick in the newest mock draft, moving up six spots. Freshman guard De’Aaron Fox moved up two spots to the No. 10 position. Freshman post player Bam Adebayo dropped one spot to No. 15 overall.

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Kentucky offers No. 1 D-tackle in class of 2018

 Posted by at 12:36 PM on December 5, 2016  Comments Off on Kentucky offers No. 1 D-tackle in class of 2018
Dec 052016
 
Trout

Trout

Trevor Trout — the No. 1 defensive tackle in the class of 2018, according to Rivals.com — received a scholarship offer from Kentucky on Monday morning.

Trout — a 6-foot-3, 295-pound prospect from St. Louis — is ranked by Rivals as the No. 22 overall player in the 2018 class. He already had reported scholarship offers from Louisiana State, Penn State, Tennessee, Louisville, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Iowa and home-state Missouri, among others, but he told the Herald-Leader that he currently has no favorites in his recruitment.

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UK target now ranked as a Rivals 100 national recruit

 Posted by at 12:22 PM on December 5, 2016  Comments Off on UK target now ranked as a Rivals 100 national recruit
Dec 052016
 
Danny Davis

Danny Davis

Four-star wide receiver Danny Davis is a Rivals 100 recruit, according to the website’s new rankings released Monday.

Davis — a 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect from Springfield, Ohio — is now ranked as the No. 86 overall player nationally in the 2017 recruiting class. He’s the 12th wide receiver listed in the new Top 100 rankings. Rivals.com had him as the No. 120 overall player and No. 16 receiver in the previous update.

“The 2017 wide receiver class in the state of Ohio may be its best of the last decade, and Davis has proven to us he is the best pure pass-catcher of the group,” Rivals.com’s Josh Helmholdt wrote for the rankings release. “Not only does he possess great size and speed, but he tracks the ball extremely well, has uncanny athleticism and is dangerous with the football after the catch.”

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