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Three Kentucky prospects to watch one week out from National Signing Day

Adam Luckett01/22/23


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William Spencer
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Believe it or not, there is another National Signing Day and it is coming right down the chimney. Next Wednesday, remaining uncommitted prospects in the class of 2023 will be able to sign a National Letter of Intent to continue their football careers.

At Kentucky, most of the work is done. Kentucky signed 17 high school players in December and then added high three-star tailback Jamarion Wilcox to the haul earlier this month. But recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow and the rest of the coaching staff are not done.

Here are three prospects to keep an eye on as National Signing Day is just over a week away.

Kendrick Gilbert

Four-star defensive lineman Kendrick Gilbert is still committed to Purdue but did not sign with the Boilermakers in December. Gilbert decided to let things play out as there was a coaching change in West Lafayette with Jeff Brohm going to Louisville and Illinois defensive coordinator Ryan Walters taking over at Purdue.

The senior at Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral has been committed since August, but this was a busy recruitment in the summer. Iowa, Kentucky, LSU, and Purdue all received official visits in June from the line of scrimmage player with great length. UK has had the prospect on campus at least four times in the last 10 months and is still pursuing a flip.

Keep an eye on the talented defensive lineman over the next week.

Demitrius Bell

Demitruis Bell is a top-500 wide receiver product out of Middle Tennessee and Kentucky has often been seen as a player for the former Michigan State commit. However, Bell did not sign in December and the Wildcats don’t seem to have much momentum in this fight.

Nebraska is suddenly trending for the talented playmaker after conducting an in-home visit and then reportedly hosting the high three-star recruit for an official visit in Lincoln this weekend. The Huskers are the heavy favorites at the moment.

William “Woo” Spencer

William “Woo” Spencer was a three-year star at Louisville (Ky.) Male before transferring to New Albany (Ind.) Senior for his final season of high school ball. But now it’s time to make a decision.

The top-500 offensive line recruit dropped a top-five on Christmas with Kentucky making the cut along with Louisville, Michigan State, and Mississippi State. But all signs point to this being a Louisville and Kentucky battle for an in-state prospect.

Both the Cardinals and Wildcats have conducted in-home visits with Spencer. The prospect was just in Lexington this weekend for an official visit. The expectation is he will head to Louisville next weekend before making a final decision.

Either Jeff Brohm or Mark Stoops will get a big public recruiting win next Wednesday.

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