Kentucky's Guest List for the Largest Recruiting Weekend of the Year

Kentucky's Guest List for the Largest Recruiting Weekend of the Year

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Five days away from signing day, this weekend Mark Stoops will host more official visitors than any other weekend in the calendar year.  Highlighted by a home basketball game, Stoops and his staff will spend two days wining and dining most of their 2018 recruiting class.  With only a few spots remaining in the class, there are only three visitors who have not made a commitment to Kentucky.


Chris Oats -- A consensus four-star outside linebacker, Oats is considered a Top 250 player overall in the 2018 class by 247 and Rivals.  Forty-four percent of selections in the 247 Crystal Ball predict the 6'4" 220-pounder will commit to Kentucky over Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan State and Ole Miss.  If Oats does commit to UK, he will join Xavier Peters as the second four-star linebacker from the Cincinnati area in the 2018 class. Oats plays for Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati.  The alma mater of Kentucky's leading tackler, Mike Edwards. Oats' team fell in the Division II State Championship 42-14 to Danny Clark's former team, Archbishop Hoban. Leonard Taylor -- The four-star athlete is from Springfield, Ohio, a place a few Wildcats call home, Bryant Koback and Kordell Looney. Ranked as 2018's No. 256 player overall by the 247 Composite, the 6'5" 250-pounder could play either tight end or defensive end at the next level, but in his senior season he played quarterback for Springfield.  The Cats are considered Taylor's favorite, but he also holds offers from Oklahoma and Alabama. The Mooch --  No relation to the former White House director of communications, Amauchechukwu Nnaji-Collins only recently entered Kentucky's radar.  The defensive lineman who is projected to play on the edge at the next level hosted Derrick LeBlanc for an in-home visit this weekend.  From a New Orleans suburb, Mooch has yet to pick up a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

2018 Commits

Terry Touchdown liked his official visit so much, he decided to return to Lexington for an unofficial visit this weekend to connect with his future teammates. On the offensive side of the ball, Chaminade-Madonna wide receivers Marvin Alexander and Akeem Hayes will be in town, as well as running back Chris Rodriguez.  In the trenches, center Quintin Wilson and All-American left tackle Darian Kinnard will take their official visits.  There was some concern Tennessee might swoop in to try to steal away the former Knoxville native, but Kinnard's visit should quell those concerns. The Cats' best defensive playmakers in the 2018 class will officially visit this weekend.  S/OLB DeAndre Square and NG/OG Marquan McCall will make the trip from Michigan.  They will join four-star linebacker Xavier Peters.  Davoan Hawkins will travel with his Chaminade-Madonna teammates fresh off a state championship victory.  In the secondary, Stanley Garner and JUCO DB Domonique Williams will make one final trip before they enroll in January. Ashton Pierre is the final piece of the defensive puzzle. [mobile_ad]

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