Jul 272015
 

Class of 2016 linebacker Jamar Watson announced on his Twitter account Monday night that he is down to three schools in his recruitment and will reveal his college decision Aug. 6.

Kentucky, Virginia and Old Dominion are the final three programs on Watson’s list. He visited UK for its big recruiting weekend July 17 and took a trip to Virginia a few days ago.

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Jul 272015
 
Mac Jones

Mac Jones

Florida quarterback Mac Jones announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky on Monday, becoming the program’s first pledge for the class of 2017.

Jones — a 6-foot-2 prospect from Jacksonville, Fla. — earned a scholarship offer from UK after attending a recruiting camp in Lexington last month. East Carolina was his only other scholarship offer, and North Carolina and North Carolina State were among the other schools recruiting him.

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Jul 272015
 
De'Aaron Fox

De’Aaron Fox

The Next Cats page featuring UK’s top basketball targets for the recruiting class of 2016 has been fully updated with new bios, the latest rankings and the best videos on 18 rising seniors on the Wildcats’ radar.

De’Aaron Fox and Wenyen Gabriel — who both earned UK scholarship offers over the weekend — have also been added to the page.

UK has now extended offers to 17 uncommitted players for the class of 2016, though John Calipari and his coaching staff are pursuing some of those prospects harder than others.

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Jul 262015
 
Kobe Smith

Kobe Smith

Three-star defensive tackle Kobe Smith announced his top three schools Sunday, and Kentucky is on the list.

N.C. State and Miami are the other two programs in the running for Smith, who actually backed out of a commitment to the Wolfpack earlier this month while he was on a recruiting visit to UK.

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound prospect from Lawrenceville, Ga., is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 30 defensive tackle in the class of 2016.

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Jul 262015
 
Simmons

Simmons

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer switched up his Crystal Ball pick for five-star point guard Kobi Simmons on Sunday.

Meyer — who had Simmons to UK for several months — is now predicting the 6-foot-5 prospect will end up at Ohio State. Going into the weekend, UK had a substantial lead on Simmons’ Crystal Ball page.

247Sports ranks Simmons as the No. 19 overall prospect in the class of 2016. He is scheduled to take an official visit to UK next month.

Simmons’ other finalists are Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and Xavier.

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Jul 262015
 
Gabriel

Gabriel

New Hampshire native Wenyen Gabriel picked up a scholarship offer from Coach John Calipari and Kentucky on Saturday night.

Gabriel — a 6-foot-9 power forward from Manchester, N.H. — plays his high school ball for Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts and has been a standout player for the Mass Rivals squad on the Adidas circuit.

He already had scholarship offers from Maryland, UConn, Virginia and Texas, among many others. Duke is also among the schools that has showed serious interest in his recruitment.

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Jul 262015
 
De'Aaron Fox

De’Aaron Fox

Five-star basketball recruits Edrice Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox both earned scholarship offers from UK on Saturday.

Adebayo — a 6-foot-9 post player from North Carolina — is the No. 12 overall prospect in the class of 2016, according to Scout.com. He already had scholarship offers from Louisville, North Carolina and N.C. State, among others.

He is also an AAU teammate of UK recruiting target Dennis Smith Jr., who is ranked by some recruiting services as the top point guard in the class of 2016.

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Jul 252015
 
Jedrick Wills

Jedrick Wills

Lafayette offensive lineman Jedrick Wills landed another major scholarship offer on Friday, this time from the University of Tennessee.

It was the 12th offer for Wills, who is ranked by Rivals.com as a five-star player and the No. 13 overall recruit nationally in the class of 2017. He is UK’s top target in that class and has visited the hometown school many times.

Others that have already offered Wills include Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Louisville and Ohio State.

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Jul 242015
 

UK commitment Grant McKinniss has been ranked as a four-star recruit by Scout.com, making him one of only three players at the position to earn that designation.

UCLA commitment Bailey Raborn and Ohio State commitment Drue Chrisman are considered the Nos. 1 and 2 punters in the class of 2016, respectively. McKinniss is ranked No. 3 nationally.

The future Wildcat averaged 41 yards per punt as a junior last season for Findlay (Ohio). He also made 40 of 42 extra-point attempts and set a school record with a 53-yard field goal.

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Jul 232015
 
Keion Wakefield

Keion Wakefield

Male High wide receiver Keion Wakefield announced his commitment to the University of Louisville on Thursday, picking the Cardinals over a group of finalists that also included UK, Indiana and Purdue.

Rivals.com ranks Wakefield as the No. 4 recruit in the state for the class of 2016, putting him behind UK commitments Landon Young, Drake Jackson and Kash Daniel.

The Cats looked like potential favorites for Wakefield earlier this year, but UK’s coaches had not had much contact with him in recent months. They already have commitments from three wide receivers for next year: Dakota Holtzclaw, Zy’Aire Hughes and Kayaune Ross.

Wakefield is the No. 84 wide receiver nationally, according to Rivals.

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