Kentucky Football Recruiting: With O-Line Thin, Nick Haynes Could be Pivotol Addition

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NICEVILLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL offensive tackle Nick Haynes. Credit to


The Kentucky coaching staff is still hoping to shore up it’s offensive line prior to signing day, as they currently have just three commitments from o-line prospects. This coming after UK graduated two starting lineman, meaning that having a deep o-line class is pivotal in year-one of the Mark Stoops era. It’s rare to see so few o-line commits in a single class, and if Stoops and co. are working to add at least one more lineman before signing day.

On Monday, offensive coordinator Neal Brown visited Nick Haynes, a 3-star offensive tackle from Niceville, Florida. Brown was able to persuade Haynes to take an official visit to Kentucky this weekend. He’s currently being recruited by Florida International, Jacksonville State, Marshall, Old Dominion, Southern Miss, UCF, and Western Kentucky.

Other BCS powers like Florida and Florida State have shown interest, but haven’t made a scholarship offer, meaning if UK offers, they’ll be the only BCS school to offer Haynes.  

The Orlando Sentinel is however reporting that FSU may also be making a late run at Haynes’ services:


FSU reached out to Niceville offensive lineman Nick Haynes, everybody’s all-American all of the sudden, this week. Also ringing up Haynes’ phone have been UCF, Kentucky, FAU, Rutgers and UCLA. to name a few. FSU was the latest and he does not have an offer from the ‘Noles, just yet.

Haynes is a 6-4, 300-pounder who has been mostly a basketball player until picking up football as a junior. Coaches like his athleticism, and of course, his size.


Expect UK to make a formal offer this weekend, and with the Cats having the final visit Haynes will likely take, UK would immediately be in the driver’s seat to land his services.


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