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Crootin' season never stops.
Over at Kentucky, the Wildcats wrapped up their final camp in the June recruiting period on Wednesday with an impressive list of visitors. The football program hosted a lot of high school talent and there were many targets of note participating in the event.
KSR had boots on the ground and was able to dig up some scoop from the recruiting event. Now let's get caught up to speed.
Chris Parson shines
Chris Parson is a quarterback at Brentwood (Tenn.) Ravenwood High that is located in the Metro Nashville area. The 6-foot passer has had a busy recruitment with visits to Virginia Tech, TCU, Louisville, Duke, and Ohio State. However, Florida State rolled out the red carpet on Monday.
Parson came away in love with his visit to Tallahassee, and it certainly does seem like Mike Norvell's program is out to an early lead
in this recruitment. However, Kentucky is not ready to throw in the towel.
At the camp, Parson was the best quarterback participating as the rising junior delivers a crisp ball consistently with touch and accuracy. The prospect showed the ability to make throws to all three levels regularly on top of the arm talent to stretch the field vertically. This looked like a top-100 recruit in the workout.
Before heading off to Cincinnati for another visit, Parson hung around Kentucky's facilities to take pictures with Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Liam Coen.
A week after Christopher Vizzina
visited, Kentucky has found another quarterback target that the program is very interested in. These two could be the guys that the coaching staff zones in on in the 2023 class.
New 2022 targets
Everyone was focused on quarterbacks for much of the day, but the player that got the most attention from the coaching staff may have been 2022 linebacker Kalib Perry.
The mid three-star recruit out of Georgetown (Ky.) Great Crossing spent the day with assistant coaches Jon Sumrall and Brad White working at both inside linebacker and outside linebacker. The rising prospect has officially visited Purdue and Cincinnati this month with another official scheduled this weekend at Tennessee. Perry camped in Knoxville at the beginning of June and earned an offer from the Vols for his performance.
Kentucky has not offered yet, but that should be coming soon. Perry looks the part and could help fill the sizable gap the program currently has on the edge.
Elsewhere, Louisville (Ky.) DuPont Manual running back Jawaun Northington
is another in-state mid three-star recruit who camped at Kentucky on Tuesday and earned a scholarship offer for the class of 2022. Meanwhile, Lexington (Ky.) Frederick Douglass athlete Ty Bryant was in Lexington participating in camp and might just be a take for the coaching staff.
In-state talent could fill up a good chunk of Kentucky's 2022 recruiting haul.
Brock Glenn throws
Glenn is one of many quarterbacks who Coen has offered over the recent weeks, and the rising junior got a chance to throw for the coaching staff on Wednesday. The prospect currently has a Vanderbilt offer and was working on building a relationship
with the Kentucky coaching staff.
Glenn showed off some solid accuracy and ball placement but still has room for growth in his frame. The ball did get loose on him a few times causing some inaccurate passes on throws to the sideline.
This is a name to keep monitoring moving forward as Kentucky continues to cast a wide net at quarterback.
--Remember Antonio Gates? Of course, you do. The Pro Football Hall of Famer has a son in the class of 2022 who is a top-300 prospect at wide receiver. Antonio Gates Jr. plays for Dearborn (Mich.) Fordson out of Metro Detroit and has a good amount of college interest. The 6-foot-1 wideout is considered a Michigan State lean at the moment.
--Ka'Marii Landers is another 2022 prospect out of Michigan who made the trip down to Lexington on Wednesday. The mid three-star recruit has a final two of Michigan State and Kentucky with an announcement scheduled in July. However, this is a guard at the next level and Kentucky needs to address tackle in this recruiting cycle. As of right now, it appears Landers will land in East Lansing.
--Speaking of tackles, legacy recruit Nikolas Hall unofficially visited Lexington earlier this month and is the son of former All-SEC tackle Antonio Hall. The 2023 Austin (Texas) Akins tackle has seen Colorado, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, and Texas A&M this month. 247 Sports has a crystal ball logged for Kentucky so we could be on Yahtzee watch for this mid three-star prospect.
--On the other side of the ball, Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier has long been a powerhouse program in the state but the Tigers haven't sent a scholarship player to Kentucky since Matt Smith signed in the class of 2008. That could change in 2023. Defensive line prospect Micah Carter took an unofficial visit to Michigan State last week and has offers from Missouri, Boston College, Arizona State, Louisville, and Purdue. KSR has learned that Kentucky is very interested. Keep this name in mind.
--Right after camp let out, high three-star Ryan Baer announced that his weekend official visit to Notre Dame is now off. The Metro Cleveland 2022 offensive tackle will likely announce in July following his officials to Kentucky, Virginia, Illinois, Michigan State, and an unofficial trip to Pittsburgh. Kentucky is in really great shape.
--Kentucky also remains big game fishing along the defensive line. Keldric Faulk is a 2023 defensive line prospect out of Highland Home (Ala.) High. Ranked No. 66 overall
in the class, this was one of the highest-ranked players Kentucky had out during the camp circuit. The Wildcats had a ton of intriguing 2023 defensive line talent on campus throughout the month.