Kentucky coaches reaching out to class of 2023 high school players

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Kentucky Sports Radio

Wednesday was a big day for talented high school junior football players across the country. As of Sept. 1, college coaches can now reach out and contact athletes from the class of 2023.

So far, Kentucky Football has just one commitment from the class of 2023, Frederick Douglass defensive back Ty Bryant. But the Big Board is loaded and the Wildcat coaching staff got to work the second the clock turned over to September. Let’s dive right into it.

Who Kentucky reached out to

Joe Crocker: 6-6, 315-pound OL (Nashville, TN)

A top 15 prospect out of Tennessee, Joe Crocker heard from UK offensive line coach Eric Wolford a few hours into Wednesday. Crocker’s offer sheet includes heavyweights Georgia and Michigan along with other SEC schools such as Mississippi State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Kentucky. Crocker took an unofficial visit to Lexington in June.

Adrian Griffin: 6-4, 260-pound DL (Fairfield, AL)

Adrian Griffin is a name to know now. The defensive lineman is unranked over at 247 Sports, but a three-star with Rivals and holds offers from Tennessee and Maryland, along with Kentucky. There is a Crystal Ball currently logged in favor of Griffin landing in Lexington.

He camped at Kentucky back in June and picked up a scholarship offer shortly after. Griffin heard from Coach Wolford.

A.J. Hoffler: 6-5, 245-pound DL (Atlanta, GA)

A.J. Hoffler is already a national prospect as a high school junior, ranking as a four-star by multiple recruiting services. His offer sheet doesn’t include the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, etc. (yet, although he did hear from Notre Dame on Wednesday), so Kentucky got in the mix early when defensive line coach Anwar Stewart offered him in May.

Brycen Sanders: 6-5, 285-pound OL (Chatanooga, TN)

Brycen Sanders is another national prospect with four-star status. Coach Wolford once again was the one to reach out. Sanders’ offer sheet includes the likes of Auburn, Tennessee, Stanford, Georgia, Kentucky, and several others. UK was the second school to offer him and it’s paid off so far–Sanders was in Lexington over the summer for a camp.

Ayden Bussell: 6-5, 290-pound OT (Mount Juliet, TN)

If you’re beginning to sense a theme position-wise, you’d be on the right path. Kentucky continues to put an emphasis on future of the Big Blue Wall and Ayden Bussell could be a piece of that. He’s a consensus three-star prospect out of Tennessee who holds offers from UT, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, and Kentucky. Wolford offered in April and reached out again on Wednesday.

Other recruits who were contacted

Keldric Faulk: 6-4, 235-pound DL (Highland Home, AL) 4-STAR

Elliot Washington II: 5-11, 190-pound S (Venice, FL) 4-STAR

Keith Sampson: 6-3, 285-pound DL (New Bern, NC) 4-STAR

Troy Floyd Jr.: 6-1, 235-pound DL (Savannah, GA) 4-STAR

Allen Mitchell: 5-10, 170-pound RB (St. Louis, MO) 3-STAR

Tyler Grant: 6-3, 270-pound DE (St. Louis, MO) 3-STAR

Jaxon Potter: 6-3, 170-pound QB (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) 3-STAR

Raheim Jeter: 6-3, 220-pound QB (Duncan, SC) 3-STAR

Kevin Concepcion: 5-11, 175-pound WR (Charlotte, NC) 3-STAR

Bryce Lovett: 6-4, 320-pound OT (Rockledge, FL) 3-STAR

Brock Glenn: 6-1, 185-pound QB (Memphis, TN) 3-STAR

Collin Dixon: 6-2, 205-pound S/WR (Tallmadge, OH) UNRANKED

Jabari Mitchell: 6-2, 205-pound WR/TE (Reynoldsburg, OH) UNRANKED

Bert Kibawa: 5-10, 155-pound S/WR (Bowling Green, KY) UNRANKED

Jmaury Davis: 6-2, 190-pound ATH (Clarendon, TX) UNRANKED

Jahreece Lynch: 6-2, 185-pound ATH (Mount Airy, NC) UNRANKED

Donovan Walker: 5-11, 160-pound FS/WR (Aliquippa, PA) UNRANKED

Nathan Efobi: 6-4, 280-pound DL (Cumming, GA) UNRANKED

Malachi Wood: 6-8, 300-pound OT (Richmond, KY) UNRANKED

JT Smith Jr.: 5-9, 200-pound ATH (Cornelius, NC) UNRANKED

Sullivan Absher: 6-7, 275-pound OT (Belmont, NC) UNRANKED

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