One of my favorite things to do since I joined Wildcats Blue Nation as a staff writer is to steer most of my attention to the recruiting aspect of college football, particularly UK. Over the past year and a half it has been a blast and that is due to the fact that, for once in my life, we have a coaching staff that is dedicated, relentless, and fearless and will go toe-to-toe with the “who’s who” of college football. And so far, they have won their share of the battles.
Last year’s recruiting class was history making at UK, coming in at No. 17 nationally, according to Rivals.com. This year seems to be mirroring last year’s efforts as UK currently stands at No. 18 with 9 really good athletes already verbally committed.
What I want to discuss today is my “wish list” of certain athletes that I would love to see at UK and guys who I think can be “game changers”. Now, I am really going to add guys to my wish list that not only do I think will help UK in a big way, but also guys that I think UK has a legitimate shot at getting.
So, tonight we will discuss part 1 of my wish list on the offensive side of the ball.
So, first and foremost is a guy that you all may have on your wish list as well. This guy is definitely a game changer at the running back position and a Berea, Kentucky native. That guy is 6.1 5-star Damien Harris, THE No. 1 running back in the nation and the No. 4 over-all athlete. Damien would definitely be the highest rated recruit that Kentucky has ever gotten.
Damien has been thought of as an Ohio State lean with Alabama being a close second. I don’t buy it. My belief is that Kentucky has their foot in the door and it is opening further and further as the months pass. Damien continues to come around the program, building relationships and getting more and more familiar with the coaching staff as well as the players. He has been sending out a lot of Kentucky related tweets on Twitter and even joining in on some tweets with defensive tackle CeCe Jefferson and wide receiver George Campbell about playing together at Kentucky. This of course is probably all talk but as long as Kentucky is in the mouths of these young men then they are in the ears of others.
Damien’s recruitment may very well run all the way to National Signing Day but if Kentucky continues to recruit the way that they have and they show some improvement on the field this fall, they have a great shot at landing a rare 5-star athlete. Check out Damien’s highlights below.