ESPN’s 2018 junior college top 50 is out, and it features Kentucky quarterback commit Terry Wilson at No. 5. He’s the No. 1 quarterback on the list.
Also on the list is Kentucky linebacker/defensive end target Bryant Pirtle. Pirtle is from Louisville and plays at Pima Community College. He’s ranked a four-star JUCO recruit by ESPN, and has 18 Division I offers. That includes offers from Oregon, Oklahoma, Utah, Arkansas and Texas A&M. Utah is currently the unanimous favorite in Pirtle’s 247 Sports Crystal Ball. He has been recruited by UK’s special teams coordinator Dean Hood.
Pirtle is 6-3, 235 lbs, and has played multiple positions in the front seven.
Wilson is ranked the No. 31 JUCO player and the No. 2 JUCO dual-threat quarterback by 247 Sports, so to have him ranked the No. 1 QB by ESPN seems an upgrade in status. Terry Touchdown was 100 percent predicted to pick Nebraska before committing to Kentucky on Sunday. Here’s what ESPN had to say about him in their insider story about the JUCO rankings.
A promising dual-threat QB prospect who signed with Oregon in the 2016 class, Wilson has now resurfaced as the top junior college QB prospect. The four-star player remains an explosive runner who can make plays with his feet; but in the past two years, he has developed as a passer. He always has possessed excellent arm talent, but also has improved his accuracy.
One other UK target that made the list is defensive tackle Emmit Gooden at No. 36. While he’s currently committed to Arkansas, Gooden is someone UK has recruited heavily in recent months, in large part due to the uncertainty with the Razorbacks’ coaching staff.
They’ve since hired Chad Morris, though it’s unclear if Gooden is remaining committed to them, or if he’s seriously considering UK and/or other schools. This will be a big recruitment to watch in the coming weeks.
A former UK recruit that made the list is offensive lineman Damien Lewis at No. 50. He was someone UK was heavily interested in before he ultimately committed to LSU.