Kentucky had a big weekend for visitors at their first camp of the Summer. Well, today is set to be an even bigger event. Maybe not in overall numbers, but the talent level that is expected on campus is very high. It’s just another sign of the way that things have changed for Kentucky on the recruiting trail. With a little luck, the staff could once again get the ball rolling for the 2015 class like the previous year did during camp season.
The headliners in town today include RB Damien Harris (again), DE Darius Fullwood, LB Eli Brown (commit), OL Logan Stenberg (commit), DB Ronnie Harrison (UNC commit), OL Drake Jackson (2016), QB Austin Kendall (2016), and DL Christian Colon (2016). There are others looking to earn an offer. A commitment from any on that list (who aren’t already) would be a huge get for the program.
Obviously it’s big news that Harris is at UK for the second time in a week and every time he visits Lexington it helps the Wildcats chances. Not saying that this indicates Kentucky being his leader, but if the interest was as slight as some sites would lead you to believe, he likely wouldn’t make the effort to visit so often. Being there with Stenberg, and especially Brown, could have a big impact on him after seeing CJ Conrad dominate the last camp. Brown can help sell the home state hero angle because he has bought in. In the case of Stenberg, it never hurts a running back to see the massive young man who will be blocking for him in college. Jackson is uncommitted but carries himself like a Kentucky pledge in many ways, it can’t hurt having him there at the same time.
Kendall’s brother is a freshman walk-on at UK, and his recruitment is currently running Kentucky versus Tennessee. UK lost the same battle for 2015 passer Quinten Dormady this week and their group of 2015 quarterbacks prospects is shrinking by the day. If the Cats don’t offer and/or land Austin King, Reese Ryan or Davis Mattingly, they may not take one in this class. That makes Kendall a vital recruit to impress early.
Fullwood is deciding soon and it will likely come down to UK and Ohio State, so this is likely Kentucky’s last chance to impress the Maryland defensive end. He has been high on UK for a while and this won’t be his first visit, so there is only so much that the Cats can do. Harrison is committed to North Carolina and has visited Auburn and LSU without wavering, so flipping him will be tough. Colon is a relatively new name to the UK recruiting scene. How much interest he really has is not clear.