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Mr. Hanky's Christmas Poo High School Football Roundup - Part 2

Kentucky's football recruiting demands that we pay attention to the top schools across the fruited plain as well as our home state schools. With Mark Stoops and his staff, you never know where the next commitment may come from.

Andy Lyons

We just finished week three of the high school season. While I'm listing the Top 25 action first as usual, my game of the week doesn't fall within the realm of the national top 25. My game of the week is the Madison Central - Madison Southern game which you can watch on Youtube below. Let's get started.

USA Today Top 25 results:

1. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 23

18. Bingham (South Jordan, UT) 20

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) 48

Norwalk (CA) 3

3. St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale)  Idle

4. Allen (TX) 58

Irmo (SC) Dutch Fork 53

5. Booker T. Washington (Miami) 21

6. Miami Central 20

7. Centerville (Clifton, VA) 14

20. Gonzaga (Washington, DC) 31

Video and All Access Video (Centerville)

8. St. Edward (Lakewood, OH) 47

Glenville (Cleveland) 7

9. Cedar Hill (TX) 48

Arlington (TX)Bowie 30

10. St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City) 35

Wise (Upper Marlboro, MD) 9

11. Katy (TX) 55

Richmond (TX) Travis 0

12. Jenks (OK) 66

Bixby (OK) 20

13. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) 63

Villa Park (CA) 0

14. Warren Easton Fundamental (New Orleans) 40

St. Amant (LA) 32

15. Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, LA) 39

East St. John (Reserve, LA) 0

16. Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, AZ) 48

Laveen (AZ) Cesar  Chavez  6

17. Ben Davis (Indianapolis) 53

Pike (Indianapolis) 50

18. Bingham (South Jordan, UT) 20

1. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 23

19. Buford (GA) 27

McEachern (Powder Springs, GA) 20

20. Gonzaga (Washington, DC) 31

7. Centerville (Clifton, VA) 14

21. De La Salle (Concord, CA) 41

Junipero Serra (San Mateo, CA) 13

22. Eden Prairie (MN) 19

Eastview (Apple Valley, MN) 15

23. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ) 35

St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) 7

24. Colquitt County (Moultrie. GA) 55

Crisp County (Cordele, GA) 0

25. Long Beach Poly (CA) 34

Narbonne (Harbor City, CA) 21

Kentucky High School Football

This past week, the A/P released their first Coaches Poll

I've linked each school to the KHSAA database for all you alumni.

Class 6-A

1. Male 56 Fairdale 6

2. Scott County 55 Pleasure Ridge Park 27

3. St. Xavier 0 Bowling Green 6

4. Trinity 30 Philadelphia Imhotep 6

5. tie Du Pont Manual 19 Fern Creek 7

&  McCracken County 42 Dyer County (TN) 20

7. Meade County 27 John Hardin 25

8. Simon Kenton 53 Conner 6

9. Central Hardin 35 Madisonville-North Hopkins 7

10. Pleasure Ridge Park 27 Scott County 55

Class 5-A

1. Bowling Green 6 St. Xavier 0

2. Pulaski County 56 Somerset 0

3. Warren Central 12 DeSales 37

4. Madison Southern 42 Madison Central 11

5. Anderson County 43 South Oldham 52

6. Franklin County 49 Oldham County 7

7. John Hardin 25 Meade County 27

8. Cooper 31 Boone County 6

9. Bullitt East 42 Waggener 0

10. Harlan County 20 Belfry 38

Class 4-A

1. Highlands 47 Bryan Station 41

2. Boyle County 24 Danville 7

3. Covington Catholic 0 Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati) 39

4. Owensboro 50 Owensboro Catholic 34

5. Lexington Catholic 24 Lafayette 34

6. Johnson Central 43 Mastery Charter North (PA) 19

7. Paul Blazer 26 George Washington (WV) 27

8. Collins 10 Ballard 38

9. Franklin-Simpson 55 Logan County 6

10. Madisonville - North Hopkins 7 Central Hardin 35

Class 3-A

1. Belfry 38 Harlan County 20

2. Bell County 57 Whitley County 13

3. Bourbon County 58 Breathitt County 8

4. Central 38 Eastern 0

5. South Warren 35 Greenwood 3

6. Wayne County 7 Garrard County 14

7. Paducah Tilghman 21 Mayfield 47

8. Corbin 49 Trimble County 0

9. Mason County 26 Rowan County 6

10. Elizabethtown 55 Wahsington County 7

Class 2-A

1. DeSales 37 Warren Central 12

2. Caldwell County 72 Ohio County 27

3. Murray 17 Graves County 26

4. Newport Central Catholic 17 Campbell County 30

5. Glasgow 11 Barren County 14

6. Louisville Christian Academy 24 North Oldham 21

7. Owensboro Catholic 34 Owensboro 50

8. Danville 7 Boyle County 24

9. Bardstown 45 Marion County 18

10. Somerset 0 Pulaski County 56

Class 1-A

1. Mayfield 47 Paducah Tilghman 21

2. Frankfort 42 Shelby County 19

3. Williamsburg 42 Pike County Central 14

4. Beechwood 21 Dixie Heights 48

5. Russellville 35 Butler County 6

6. Pikeville 62 Paintsville 8

7. Hazard 41 Letcher County Central 27

8. Raceland 41 Boyd County 14

9. Paintsville 8 Pikeville 62

10. Holy Cross 22 Providence (IN) 13

Complete Kentucky High School Scoreboard courtesy of the KHSAA.

The Bodacious  Damien Harris  Update Iconbow_medium

Kentucky's 2015 favorite son had 318 yards on 17 carries on Friday night in Madison Southern's  game against Madison Central. He also scored another 4 TDs just like last week against Whitley County. Southern beat Central 42-11.  Harris now has 698 yards on 37 carries in three  games. That's 19.9 yards per carry if you're interested in stats. He has 9 touchdowns in 2-1/2 games. Southern's first  game was called at the half due to weather. He scores a touchdown on every 4th carry.

Jeff Drummond at Kentucky's Scout website tweeted that the word from the Southern sideline was that Harris has been sick all week and threw up during the game. What he accomplished was done without being at 100%.

Watch the game on Youtube, if you have the time.

Stoops pulled a Calipariesque move by going to the game with Chad Scott in a helicopter. Talk about showmanship!  Stoops sent out an instagram calling the chopper The Yahtzeemachine. While it may or may not have had an effect on the nation's best running back, I'm pretty sure it impressed the fine citizens of Berea. Here he comes.  Oh yeah, Stoops carried the ball to the center of the field to give it to the refs. Nice touch.

Was Harris impressed with the Stoops visit? You betcha. Read Ben Roberts interview with him after the game.

Harris took his official visit to Ohio State Saturday to see the game between the Buckeyes and the  Virginia Tech Gobblers. Yeah, I know. They're called the Hokies these days. They will always be the VPI Gobblers to me. I'm old school, so shoot me. While some are gleeful that tOSU lost while he was there, Harris is on record as saying wins and losses won't have any effect on his decision. If that applies to Kentucky, it also applies to the Buckeyes. So, nothing's changed. Add to that is his coach is quoted as saying that he won't be an early enrollee.

Kentucky Wildcats Recruiting News

Justin Rowland at Kentucky Rivals (Cats Illustrated) has some really cool maps regarding recruiting since Stoops came on board. Definitely worth a click.

While Stoops and Scott were at Madison Southern, Vince Marrow was up in Westerville, Ohio on a recruiting trip to watch junior Marcus Williamson and freshman Jaelen Gill who both just received a UK offer.

Hialeah American Heritage HS Rivals 3* DB Jeremiah  Dinson was on campus for the Ohio game. He committed to the Cats before the game. He is a priority target.

Washington, DC  4* OL Richard Merritt (2016) received a UK offer on Sept. 2nd and has indicated via twitter that he wants to take a visit soon. He plays for Archbishop Carroll. He also has offers from Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, among others.

Speaking of DC, the Washington Post recently published the top teams in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia). Several of their early favorites have already lost a game. Kentucky is trying very hard to make the DMV a pipeline.

There were several recruits in attendance during the Ohio game. Here's a list of those I know about:

Keion Wakefield, Drake Jackson, Rontavius Groves (received an offer during visit), Deylon Williams, Jeremy Darvin, Jacob Phillips, Jensen Feggins, Christian Abercrombie and Austin Mills

Finally, 5* DL Daron Payne has sent Patrick Loney  (All Wildcats [Scout]) a tweet,

#BBN Where Y'all at LOL #Whynot.

Just for the record, He's not shown much other than a passing interest in UK, at least publicly. My advice for him is that he acknowledge that communication is a two-way street. If he shows "Luv" for the #BBN, then the #BBN will respond in kind.

Scout recruiting analyst, Patrick Loney says that Payne has more than a passing interest in Kentucky. Forgive me if I am doubtful. I think I can change my mind very easily should he decide to visit Lexington.

Until next week, I bid you adieu.