Last weekend saw the fourth annual IMG 7v7 National Championship at IMG Academy in Florida. In attendence were dozens of prospects that will go on to play college football including former Kentucky football commit Marcus Walker. SB Nation's National Recruiting Analyst and Editor Bud Elliot spoke to Walker, and it sounds like Kentucky is in good shape.
I've got 28-29 offers. I've put out a top five of Michigan State, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and UCF.
On relationship with Kentucky after his spring decommit:
It's still good. They talk to me every day, and I'm going up there to visit in July. Everything's still good, and they're still recruiting me hard.
On Kentucky's stature within his top five and his likely college position:
They're in the top three [along with Michigan State and Arkansas]...All three of those schools are recruiting me for the same position, [but] Michigan State is recruiting me for corner and safety.
Kentucky on July 20th. I already went to Tennessee and Arkansas. Kentucky is going to be the last one, and then I'm going to take my official visits for all my top five.
On a committment time period:
Either during the season or late October...after my official visits.
It's not often that a school has a football recruit decommit, but still has a real chance of bringing that recruit back into the fold. Walker's situation was likely one where he committed too early as more quality offers were in his future, and indeed they were with Michigan State, Virginia, Illinois, Tennessee, and Arkansas offers coming in May. Chad Scott, Mark Stoops, and DJ Elliot have done a good job recruiting Florida for Kentucky relative to prior staffs. That, coupled with Stoops track record developing DBs, should make UK competitive until the end unless one of the big Florida schools decide to get involved.