A little over two weeks ago, Kentucky football associate head coach Vince Marrow extended a scholarship offer to D’Juan Waller Jr. On Wednesday afternoon, Waller announced he’s down to just two schools, one of them being the Wildcats.
Waller, who is regarded as a three-star class of 2023 safety, is considering Kentucky and Michigan for his college landing spot. He was in Ann Arbor two weekends ago for an official visit and came to Lexington this past weekend for an official visit with the ‘Cats. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Waller was previously committed to Toledo for roughly four months before reopening his recruitment on Oct. 20.
Waller hails from Youngstown, OH, which is where Marrow and Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops claim as home. UK football legend, Lynn Bowden Jr., is also from the Youngstown area. There is a clear connection between the two sides.
But Waller’s teammate at Chaney (OH) High School, three-star LB Jason Hewlett, decommitted from Cincinnati on Thanksgiving Day and flipped to Michigan just four days later on Monday. Both Waller and Hewlett were in Lexington this past weekend and they visited Ann Arbor together, as well. The sense is that the two plan to play together at the next level, which would give Michigan a significant advantage.
In fact, if we look at the major recruiting services, there have been 11 picks logged in favor of Waller landing with the Wolverines since the start of November, including two from our On3 friends. Michigan defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale, who coached the same position at UK from 2015-21, has been the lead recruiter for both Waller and Hewlett.
Kentucky is still in the mix, but Michigan has the upper hand as of right now. Waller is ranked as the No. 1,350 overall senior prospect in the country, per the On3 Consensus.