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Best Of The Midwest Combine: University Of Kentucky Football Recruiting Targets

Oct 24, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Kentucky Wildcats helmet during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State Bulldogs win the game against Kentucky Wildcats 28-22. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

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The Best of the Midwest Combine took place on Monday and several Kentucky athletes were in attendance as were a few of the Kentucky coaching staffs top recruiting targets.


From Kentucky were:

Linebacker Aaron Sipple-Madison Southern-2015

Olineman Drake Jackson-Woodford City-2016

Running back Damien Harris-Madison Southern-2015

Quarterback Aaron Slone-Madison Southern-2016

Quarterback Clay Bolin-Lexington Lafayette-2016


Of the five Kentucky athletes that attended, two won MVP honors. Damien Harris was the running backs MVP and Drake Jackson was the offensive linemen MVP.


Running back Damien Harris (2015) continued to showcase his skills at the Best of the Midwest Monday and dominated in just about all of the drills. Damien was named as the MVP among all of the running backs. He was clocked running a 4.36 in the forty yard dash.  The 5-star running back was previously committed to Michigan, but has since been talking frequently with a variety of schools. It is said that Ohio State and Michigan remain the front-runners for Harris’ services and recently, Kentucky has been among the schools said to be creeping closer to the two leaders.


Offensive linemen Drake Jackson is a 2016 prospect who outworked and out performed seven other offensive linemen-many who were a year ahead of him-to win MVP honors. Drake is a 6′ 2″ 275 lb. center who already holds an offer from Kentucky and is receiving interest from Purdue, Louisville, Cincinnati and Ohio St. He has said that Kentucky is by far his number one but that he was going to take his time and explore all of his options.

Next up for Jackson is the Rivals Camp Series in Columbus, Ohio in April.


The other players that attended and have offers from Kentucky all hail from Ohio.

They are:


Olinemen Rob Dowdy-Westerville South, Ohio-2015

Linebacker Nick Conner-Dublin Scioto, Ohio-2015

Linebacker Matthew Draper-Brush High School, Ohio-2015

Defensive back Shaun Crawford-Lakewood, Ohio-2015

Defensive back Trevon Story-Cleveland Glenville, Ohio-2015


Of these five, Nick Conner was the only one to come away with an award. Nick received MVP honors for Linebackers which wasn’t an easy task considering he had 19 other linebackers to compete against. As I said in last weeks article, Nick has Kentucky at or near the top of his favorites and he sees a real need for him at his position. He already has quite a few offers and if he continues to play like he does, more will come.


Stay tuned as we at Wildcat Blue Nation bring more info on your beloved Wildcats.

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