Jul 292014
 
Drake Jackson

Drake Jackson

Woodford County offensive lineman Drake Jackson is the No. 238 overall prospect in the class of 2016, according to the first rankings for that group released by Rivals.com on Tuesday.

Jackson was the only Kentuckian to make the initial Rivals 250 for 2016, which is shaping up as a solid year for in-state talent nonetheless. UK already has commitments from Lafayette offensive lineman Landon Young and McCracken County defensive athlete Zy’Aire Hughes. Male wide receiver Keion Wakefield and Ashland Blazer running back Quinton Baker are also highly touted players with UK offers for the class of 2016.

Jackson is a major UK recruiting target and has already visited the nearby Lexington campus several times. Alabama has also extended a scholarship offer, but the Wildcats are still widely considered the early favorite in his recruitment.

Some other players of UK interest in the new Rivals 250 include North Carolina quarterback Austin Kendall (No. 60), Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield (No. 130), Maryland linebacker Keandre Jones of Good Counsel High School (No. 153) and Georgia wide receiver Randrecous Davis (No. 234).

MORE: The complete Rivals 250 for 2016

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Jul 292014
 
Harry Giles | Photo: USA Basketball

Harry Giles | Photo: USA Basketball

Nine basketball players with scholarship offers from Kentucky were among the 12 players who made the Team USA U17 squad Tuesday.

The final team was announced after extended workouts following Saturday’s cut to 17 players. The 12 players who made the team will continue to practice in Colorado Springs before heading to Dubai for next month’s FIBA world championships.

The nine UK recruiting targets selected were Tyus Battle, Henry Ellenson, Harry Giles, V.J. King, Malik Newman, Ivan Rabb, Diamond Stone, Caleb Swanigan and Jayson Tatum. Ellenson, Newman, Rabb, Stone and Swanigan are all from the class of 2015. The rest are 2016 prospects.

Terrence Ferguson, Josh Jackson and Devearl Ramsey are also on the 12-man roster.

Class of 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton is the only major UK target who did not make the team following the final cut.

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2015 guard Antonio Blakeney trims list to seven

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Jul 282014
 
Blakeney

Blakeney

Five-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney cut his list to seven schools Monday, and his recruitment is shaping up as a possible battle between UK and Louisville.

Those two schools made the cut, along with Florida State, Oregon, USC, Missouri and Louisiana State. The list was a bit surprising for the schools that didn’t make it, which included Florida, Kansas and North Carolina. All three of those national powers had extended scholarship offers to Blakeney.

The 6-foot-4 prospect from Orlando is considered a top-20 player in the class of 2015 by all of the major recruiting services. He earned a scholarship offer from UK earlier this month.

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Two UK football commitments in new ESPN 300

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Jul 282014
 
Marcus Walker

Marcus Walker

UK football commitments Marcus Walker and Eli Brown were included in the updated ESPN 300 for the class of 2015.

The new list, which was released Monday morning, has Walker as the No. 201 overall prospect in the class and Brown as the No. 237 overall player. Walker (a safety from Florida) and Brown (a linebacker from Bowling Green) are both four-star recruits.

Madison Southern running back Damien Harris is ranked No. 30 overall by ESPN. Harris — UK’s top remaining target — is the No. 1 running back on the list.

Harris and Brown are the only two Kentuckians in the Top 300.

ESPN ranks UK’s overall class as the 27th-best in the country. The Wildcats have 14 commitments so far for 2015.

MORE: The ESPN 300 | Top 40 recruiting classes

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Jul 272014
 
Zimmerman

Zimmerman

Las Vegas basketball star Stephen Zimmerman knows how and when he’s going to use all five of his official visits.

Zimmerman’s stepmother tweeted the schedule Sunday night, and it includes an already-known official visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on Oct. 17.

His other trips will be North Carolina (Oct. 3), Kansas (Oct. 10), UCLA (Oct. 24) and Arizona (Nov. 7). Zimmerman also is still considering Indiana and hometown UNLV.

The 7-footer told the Herald-Leader earlier this month that he has no specific timetable for a college decision, though it’s worth noting that he will be finished with all of his official visits before the early signing period begins Nov. 12.

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Jul 272014
 

Nashville running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn released a list of top schools Sunday that included Kentucky.

The 5-foot-11 prospect from the class of 2015 also mentioned Louisville, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Purdue and Arkansas State. He visited Vanderbilt over the weekend, and there was some speculation that he would commit to the Commodores during that trip. Instead, he left campus still uncommitted and later released his top six.

Vaughn visited Kentucky last month.

Kentucky’s No. 1 priority at running back is Madison Southern standout Damien Harris, who is considered the nation’s top player at that position. Vaughn is one of the best (and most realistic) UK running back targets after Harris. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 22 running back in the class.

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Jul 272014
 
V.J. King

V.J. King

Five-star forward V.J. King is the latest recipient of a Kentucky scholarship offer.

King — a 6-foot-6 prospect in the class of 2016 — is considered the No. 13 overall player in his class by Scout.com. He is currently participating in the Team USA under-17 squad tryouts in Colorado Springs, where he made the first cut Saturday.

UK Coach John Calipari attended Friday’s tryouts at the Team USA training complex. King played his first two years of high school at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio (LeBron James’ alma mater), but is transferring to Paul VI in Fairfax, Va., for his junior season.

King also has offers from Louisville, Kansas, Ohio State, Arizona, Wisconsin and several others. He is the ninth player in the class of 2016 to earn a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

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Jul 262014
 

Three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel is making his first visit to the University of Kentucky this weekend.

The 6-foot-6 standout from Raleigh, N.C., is considered the No. 15 weakside defensive end in the class of 2015 by Rivals.com. He has scholarship offers from several top national programs.

Daniel told Scout.com earlier this week that he will narrow his list to five schools soon and plans to take all five official visits before making a decision during his senior season. He said Alabama and Tennessee would definitely make his final five.

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Jul 262014
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

247Sports analyst Jerry Meyer tweeted Friday that he has updated the recruiting service’s basketball rankings for the classes of 2015 and 2016.

The rankings will probably change again by the end of the summer, but here’s a look at Meyer’s top five in each class:

Class of 2015: 1. Ben Simmons (LSU), 2. Jaylen Brown, 3. Cheick Diallo, 4. Malik Newman, 5. Ivan Rabb.

Brown, Diallo, Newman and Rabb are all UK targets. The Cats’ lone commitment for 2015 — Charles Matthews — is ranked No. 58 in the class. Both of Louisville’s commitments are ranked higher, with Deng Adel at No. 29 and Ray Spalding at No. 33.

Class of 2016: 1. Jayson Tatum, 2. Josh Jackson, 3. Malik Monk, 4. Thon Maker, 5. Harry Giles.

Tatum, Monk, Maker and Giles all have scholarship offers from Kentucky.

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Jul 252014
 
George Brown

George Brown

CINCINNATI — Four-star offensive lineman George Brown announced his commitment to Florida on Friday, choosing the Gators over Kentucky in a recruitment that included more than 50 scholarship offers from all over the country.

Brown — a 6-foot-6, 267-pound prospect — is considered the No. 118 overall recruit in the class of 2015, according to Rivals.com. He would have been the highest-ranked commitment in UK’s class and the highest-ranked Rivals recruit to commit to UK under Coach Mark Stoops.

Brown had long been one of UK’s top recruiting targets, and the program was looking at him to round out its class of offensive linemen.

The Wildcats already have six O-linemen committed for next year, including four-star recruits George Asafo-Adjei and Luke Hiers. UK has 14 total commitments for 2015.

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