Elite football recruit visiting Kentucky this weekend

 Posted by at 3:41 PM on September 20, 2017  Comments Off on Elite football recruit visiting Kentucky this weekend
Sep 202017
 

Highly touted offensive lineman Justin Rogers will be one of many UK football recruiting targets at Kroger Field on Saturday for the Wildcats’ night game against Florida.

Rogers — a 6-foot-2, 290-pound prospect from Oak Park (Mich.) — was mentioned as a possible visitor for the UK-Eastern Kentucky game earlier this month but could not make that trip. He’s friends and teammates with four-star offensive lineman Marquan McCall, the Cats’ top-rated commitment for 2018.

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Possible shakeup in UK’s recruitment of Simi Shittu

 Posted by at 11:56 PM on September 19, 2017  Comments Off on Possible shakeup in UK’s recruitment of Simi Shittu
Sep 192017
 

Shittu

The emergence of power forward Jaxson Hayes as a serious UK recruiting target Tuesday night might also mean the Cats’ pursuit of top-10 prospect Simi Shittu is nearing an end.

A few minutes after Hayes — an under-the-radar player in the class of 2018 — received a scholarship offer from Kentucky, the Herald-Leader was told by Shittu’s high school coach, Alex Popp, that Shittu had not yet scheduled a visit to Lexington. The Herald-Leader had reached out to Popp several days earlier to check on Shittu’s status with the Wildcats following John Calipari’s trip to Vermont Academy last week to see him in an open gym.

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Class of 2018 basketball player offered by Kentucky

 Posted by at 9:03 PM on September 19, 2017  Comments Off on Class of 2018 basketball player offered by Kentucky
Sep 192017
 

Hayes

Cincinnati Moeller basketball standout Jaxson Hayes received a scholarship offer from Kentucky on Tuesday night, becoming one of the few frontcourt players in the class of 2018 to land one.

Hayes — a 6-foot-10, 195-pound power forward — is the No. 230 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings, though he might be due for a rankings bump soon. Scout.com analyst Brian Snow included Hayes as his “breakout performer” of the summer in a recent article for the website.

Snow noted that Hayes wasn’t even a starter for his high school team last season, and has turned into a recruit coveted by Texas, Xavier and, now, Kentucky.

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Major UK target now ranked No. 1 by Scout.com

 Posted by at 12:00 PM on September 19, 2017  Comments Off on Major UK target now ranked No. 1 by Scout.com
Sep 192017
 

Wiseman

James Wiseman — the first basketball recruit in the class of 2019 to earn a scholarship offer from Kentucky — is now the No. 1 junior in the country, according to the new Scout.com rankings.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward who recently moved from Nashville to Memphis — landed an offer from Coach John Calipari last week, and he was UK assistant coach Joel Justus’ first visit at the start of the fall recruiting period earlier this month.

Kentucky is viewed as the possible early favorite in Wiseman’s recruitment. ESPN also recently moved Wiseman to the No. 1 spot in the 2019 rankings.

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Kentucky will visit nation’s No. 1 center this week

 Posted by at 10:48 AM on September 19, 2017  Comments Off on Kentucky will visit nation’s No. 1 center this week
Sep 192017
 

Koprivica

Five-star basketball recruit Balsa Koprivica is expected to get a visit from Kentucky on Thursday, according to 247Sports analyst Andrew Slater.

Koprivica — a 7-footer from Florida — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 center and No. 7 overall recruit in the 2019 class. He already has scholarship offers from Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, UCLA and many other top schools.

U of L hosted Koprivica for an unofficial visit last weekend, and the Cardinals have taken a sizable early lead on the star player’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

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Jarren Williams will attend UK-Florida game Saturday

 Posted by at 11:16 PM on September 18, 2017  Comments Off on Jarren Williams will attend UK-Florida game Saturday
Sep 182017
 

Williams

Four-star quarterback Jarren Williams — UK’s highest-profile commitment for the class of 2018 — confirmed to the Herald-Leader on Monday night that he will make the trip to Lexington on Saturday for the Wildcats’ night game against Florida.

Williams — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Lawrenceville, Ga. — is still being actively recruited by several Southeastern Conference schools despite his commitment to Kentucky.

247Sports ranks Williams as the No. 7 dual-threat QB nationally for the 2018 class.

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Calipari expected to visit No. 1 recruit this week

 Posted by at 5:10 PM on September 18, 2017  Comments Off on Calipari expected to visit No. 1 recruit this week
Sep 182017
 

Carey

UK Coach John Calipari is expected to be in Florida on Wednesday to visit with Vernon Carey, the No. 1 player in the composite rankings for the class of 2019.

Carey — a 6-foot-10, 240-pound post player — is the No. 1 recruit in the Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports rankings for the junior class. ESPN has him at No. 2 behind James Wiseman, who landed a UK scholarship offer last week. Carey averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game as a high school sophomore last season and the was team MVP during USA Basketball’s U16 gold medal run in Argentina over the summer.

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Romeo Langford will visit Vanderbilt this weekend

 Posted by at 3:11 PM on September 18, 2017  Comments Off on Romeo Langford will visit Vanderbilt this weekend
Sep 182017
 

Romeo Langford

Five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford is ready for the first official visit of his recruitment.

Langford — a 6-foot-5 prospect from New Albany, Ind. — will take an official visit to Vanderbilt this weekend, his father told the Herald-Leader on Monday.

Tim Langford also said that the family is scheduled to have in-home visits with coaches from North Carolina and Indiana this week. Langford’s recruiting list also includes Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas and UCLA, and there has been a steady stream of college coaches in New Albany to see the star player since the fall recruiting period opened Sept. 9.

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Calipari will check out another 2019 recruit Monday

 Posted by at 11:41 AM on September 18, 2017  Comments Off on Calipari will check out another 2019 recruit Monday
Sep 182017
 

John Calipari and UK assistant coach Tony Barbee are expected to be in Indiana on Monday to see five-star small forward Keion Brooks, one of the top prospects in the recruiting class of 2019.

Brooks — a 6-foot-8 player from Fort Wayne — is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 12 overall player in the 2019 class. He visited Michigan State earlier this month and hosted Indiana Coach Archie Miller for an in-home visit last week.

The Spartans and Hoosiers have both extended scholarship offers.

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Crystal Ball: UK now a co-favorite for R.J. Barrett

 Posted by at 11:29 AM on September 17, 2017  Comments Off on Crystal Ball: UK now a co-favorite for R.J. Barrett
Sep 172017
 

Barrett

The latest prediction on No. 1 recruit R.J. Barrett’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page has pulled Kentucky even with Duke, giving the Wildcats co-favorite status in the pursuit of the best player in high school basketball.

Kansas insider Matt Scott logged a pro-UK pick for Barrett over the weekend to give UK a 44 percent share on the top prospect’s page (and knock Duke down to 44 percent).

Barrett — a 6-foot-7 shooting guard from Ontario — is taking his official visit to Duke this weekend and visited UK two weeks ago. He also has official visits scheduled to Arizona, Michigan and Oregon, and he plans to make a college decision in time for the November signing period.

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