Attendance at the Nike camps brings attention to the Kentucky kids and increases their chances for a scholarship.
UK's Patrick Towles and Drew Barker both were Nike's Elite 11 participants, and that may have started a trend. If you'll recall, last year Damien Harris was a participant in Nike's The Opening and did very well for himself
This year saw even more participation by Kentucky's high school players. Woodford County's Drake Jackson and Saige Young have been seen at the major camps and so have Lafayette's Landon Young and Dedrick Willis.
At the recent The Opening Columbus (OH) Regional Combine and Camp at the end of May , Ashland Paul Blazer's RB Quinton Baker placed third in the SPARQ testing, scoring 119.49 behind Detroit (MI) Cass Tech's WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (123.48) and Lake Taylor's DB Keyvone Bruton (121.8). Here's the list of the 29 from Kentucky who participated in testing:
Quinton Baker, Paul Blazer; Jaylin Williams, Letcher County Central; Devon Key, Bryan Station; Keion Wakefield, Male; Riley Hall, Pulaski County; Robbie Lofton, Tates Creek; Alex Roy, Fairview; Drake Jackson, Woodford County; Jacob Paulson, Christian Academy (Louisville); Eric Bruner, Lloyd; Jedric Willis, Lafayette; Derek Dorsey, Dupont Manual; Saige Young, Woodford County; Adam Bouchard, Daviess County; Landon Young, Lafayette; Donovan Keith, Christian County; RayQuan Horton, Belfry; Nathan Murray, Bell County; Rex Henderson, Butler County; Isaiah Ebarb, Connor; Taylor Broughton, Blazer; Tanner Morgan, Ryle; Blake Price, Meade County; Woodford Lankford, Lexington Catholic; Connor foos, (Louisville) Trinity; Dalton Frasier, Prestonsburg; Kolbe Langhi, Christian County; and Walker Wood, Lafayette.
The testing event in Columbus attracted participants from the following states: Alabama (3), Colorado (3), Connecticut (1), Florida (2), Georgia (2), Iowa (4), Illinois (2), Indiana (24), Kansas (1), Kentucky (29), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (2), Michigan (46), Missouri (8), Mississippi (5), Nebraska (2), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (1), Nevada (1), New York (5), Oklahoma (2), Canada (3), Pennsylvania (25), South Carolina (4), Tennessee (21), Texas (4), Virginia (4), Wisconsin (2), West Virginia (6), and, of course, Ohio (106).
Drake Jackson, Landon Young, Tobias Gilliam, Kordell Looney, Justin Rigg, Jaylin Bannerman, and Gunnar Hoak were participants and are committed to The Cats. Several with UK offers also showed up.
At the Combine, the following Kentucky players participated: Logan Holbrook, Spencer County; Noah Frisby, Johnson Central; Braden Brown, West Carter County, Desmond Bernard, Bryan Station; Tyler Robinson, Highlands; Tucker Mueller, Simon Kenton; Brady Keeran, Paul Blazer; James Bryant III, Bryan Station; Alex Smith, Christian County; Peyton Donisi, Warren Central; Curtis Johnson, Warren Central; Colby Canter, West Jessamine; and Collin England, Ryle.
Kentucky commit Drake Jackson has been invited to The Opening finals as a result of his participation in the Columbus regional.
If you know any of these young men, take the time to congratulate them for participating in the Columbus Nike camp and combine. These kids bring recognition for themselves and the Commonwealth by participating in these kind of events.