UK QB commitment ranked nationally by ESPN

 Posted by at 12:57 PM on July 28, 2016  Comments Off on UK QB commitment ranked nationally by ESPN
Jul 282016
 

Jarren Williams — the Kentucky Wildcats’ only football commitment for the class of 2018 so far — was included in the ESPN 300 rankings for that class Thursday.

Williams is ranked as the No. 292 overall prospect in the class and the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound recruit from Lawrenceville, Ga., committed to UK last month over reported scholarship offers from Florida State, Louisville, West Virginia and others.

The only Kentuckian included in the ESPN 300 rankings was four-star cornerback Jairus Brents of Waggener High School in Louisville. Brents is ranked as the No. 101 overall recruit in the class, and he has early scholarship offers from UK and Louisville.

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Top analysts predicting Trae Young to Oklahoma

 Posted by at 12:40 PM on July 28, 2016  Comments Off on Top analysts predicting Trae Young to Oklahoma
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Trae Young

Trae Young

Two of the top recruiting analysts over at 247Sports are now predicting that five-star point guard Trae Young will pick hometown Oklahoma over Kentucky, which has made Young its top point guard target in the class of 2017.

National analyst Jerry Meyer and national recruiting writer Andrew Slater both logged picks on Young’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page in favor of the Sooners, who have made the 6-foot-1 prospect their top priority in the 2017 class.

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Louisville offers UK point guard target in 2018 class

 Posted by at 10:33 AM on July 27, 2016  Comments Off on Louisville offers UK point guard target in 2018 class
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The University of Louisville extended a scholarship offer to class of 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley on Tuesday, becoming the latest major program to show serious interest in the five-star recruit.

Quickley — a 6-foot-3 prospect from the Baltimore area — is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 11 overall player in the 2018 class, and he has already received offers from Arizona, Maryland, Southern Cal, UCLA and Washington, among others.

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UK adds another wide receiver for the 2016 season

 Posted by at 9:52 AM on July 26, 2016  Comments Off on UK adds another wide receiver for the 2016 season
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UK has added three-star wide receiver Marvin Robinson to its roster for the 2016 season.

Robinson — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — was considered the No. 146 overall receiver in the class of 2015, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Rivals ranked him as a two-star recruit.

At one point, Robinson was committed to Wisconsin for the class of 2015, but he was not included in the Badgers’ signing class that February. He will be a walk-on and wear No. 80 at UK this season.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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