The Kentucky football coaching staff has been on the road recruiting since spring practice ended. Here's a look at who has received offers, primarily players who will be juniors and sophomores next season.
Chris Julian Jr.--
From Howland High in Warren, Ohio, the 6'2" 215-pound inside linebacker from the class of 2018 received his first scholarship offer from UK. Highlights
Vince Marrow has become a frequent visitor to Wayne High School. Tobias Gilliam is the first from the nationally ranked school to come to Kentucky, arriving in the fall. Alex Reigelsperger is a defensive end in '18 that has visited UK multiple times, but his teammate L'Christian "Blue" Smith will likely be the highest-rated athlete at the Dayton school.
Smith only has five offers, but they're all from big schools: Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Michigan. At 6'6" 205 pounds, he is a huge target at wide receiver. He's also a great basketball player, Tweeting this out yesterday:
It should be taken with a grain of salt, but if basketball attracts him to play football at Kentucky, I'm down with that. Highlights
New defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale has hit the recruiting trail hard in Michigan. The Cats have taken some guys from Ohio that would normally head to Michigan or Michigan State. Now the Cats are hoping to pull some from the state of Michigan by offering early.
is the earliest offer. The Detroit native is only in the 8th grade
. The 6'4" 260 pound offensive lineman visited UK earlier this spring. But Rodgers wasn't the only 8th-grader to receive a scholarship offer. His future Oak Park teammate, defensive back Enzo Jennings
, also got an offer from Clinkscale.
Oak Park's dual-threat quarterback, a freshman last year and member of the 2019 recruiting class, Dwan Mathis
was offered by Clinkscale. Sophomore-to-be wide receiver Julian Barnett
was the fourth Michigan man to receive an offer on Clinkscale's trip to Michigan.
Extending a Pipeline to...Pennsylvania?
A Pitt commit, Kentucky was the 30th offer for the Pittsburgh native. The safety is considered the #104 player overall by the 247 composite in the class of 2017. Ford has offers from everyone -- Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida State -- leading many to believe he'll drop his pledge to the Panthers. Highlights
The 2018 pocket-passer from Malvern Pa. has offers from Pitt, Toledo, Temple, and West Virginia.
He's already visited Kentucky three times. Here's what Doyle told Steve Wiltfong of 247
after receiving his offer:
"It is a great university and I really liked it there," Doyle said adding that several things stand out.
"The conference, the campus, and bright future because of the coaching staff. I like how it is also one of the biggest SEC cities in the conference."
A Few from Florida
Jimmy Brumbaugh extended an offer to the 2017 cornerback from Ocalaca, Fl. He has 13 offers total, including Mississippi State, Iowa State and Nebraska. Highlights
The 2018 cornerback from Jacksonville received nine other offers before Kentucky came into the picture, most notably: Auburn, Clemson, FAU, USF & nearby Florida. Highlights
A junior-to-be, the strong safety from Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida also has offers from Nebraska, Iowa State and FAU. Highlights