So, if you have paid any attention to Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class, then you know that there are always some twists and turns with recruits.
One recruit that may be of particular concern is 4-star defensive tackle, Cory Johnson. Cory committed to Kentucky back in July and had told the coaching staff at the time that he would still take visits to other schools. He had long maintained that Kentucky and Miami were his favorites. He is also being heavily recruited by Arizona and Texas Tech. He hadn’t had much movement on the recruiting front but things are starting to take shape for him.
“The only date (for an official visit) that I have set in stone is Miami on (December) 22,” he said. “I think Texas Tech will be around the second week in December and I still have to set Arizona State.”
Even though Cory is taking other visits, he acknowledged that he is still strong with Kentucky.
“I’m with UK,” Johnson said. “I committed a long time ago. I have a strong connection with the defensive line coach (Jimmy Brumbaugh). We’re great friends and we’re still talking to this day. I told him when I committed I was still going to see other schools because I didn’t know too much about other schools. I wasn’t planning to weed out every school that offers me because I still wanted to see more.”
Though he may visit Texas Tech and Arizona, most believe that it will come down to Kentucky and Miami.
“I told Miami and Kentucky the same thing,” he said. “I liked them both equally. It was really going to come down to who I visited first. If I had visited Miami first it might have been them. I’m still talking to them. I posted some highlights of my previous game on Facebook and they messaged me telling me how much they really liked the video.”
Believe me, the Kentucky coaching staff is very aware of Cory’s activities and they plan on fighting hard to keep him committed to this class. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and maybe even say a little prayer to the football gods because this is one guy that we don’t need to lose.
So, what would happen if we did lose Cory Johnson? Do you remember the name Jarran Reed? Jarran was a guy that Kentucky was in on last year when he ultimately picked the Florida Gators. Reed is a 6′ 4″ 305 lb. 3-star DT from East Mississippi Community College, the same college that produced Za’Darius Smith and coach Jimmy Brumbaugh. Unfortunately, Jarran didn’t have quite enough credits to transfer to Florida so he had to stay at East Mississippi.
Now there seems to be a renewed interest in Kentucky and Reed visited this past weekend. ” Big Z” was his host.
“Oh man, it was amazing,” Reed said of his visit. “I had a great time seeing what Kentucky is all about, especially catching up with ‘Z’ and coach Brumbaugh.
“‘Z’ was my host on Saturday night. We’re real close. We had been roommates (at EMCC) so it was just like old times. Coach Brumbaugh, I already knew what he was all about and we have that bond. They were talking about how I could come in and make a difference right away.”
Next for Reed is an official visit to Tennessee on Nov. 23rd. He wants to take other visits too and Alabama, Nebraska, Mississippi State and UCF are among the other schools that have been recruiting him.