For many years, Kentucky Wildcats fans have listened to water cooler chats about football recruiting longingly, hoping for the day that the Cats would take that next step and become a college football player destination.
Fresh off the heels of a 10-win season and a New Year’s Day victory over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, as well as arguably the best NFL Draft class in recent Wildcat memory, Lexington, KY is quickly becoming a destination for top recruits.
This weekend, UK is hosting some of the top players in the 2020 class, led by the No. 8 player in the class.
Paris Johnson, a five-star offensive tackle from Cincinnati, is in Lexington this weekend on a recruiting trip. Johnson is committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes, but with Johnson’s presence on campus, it’s evident the Cats are still in the mix for his services.
Also on campus for visits are four-star linebacker Jaheim Thomas and defensive end Darrion Henry, the No. 61 player in the 2020 class, both hailing from the Queen City. Both players are getting early Ohio State predictions, but Kentucky is hoping to change that.
Obviously, head coach Mark Stoops and recruiting coordinator/ associate head coach Vince Marrow are putting the Cats on the national map and are successfully mining the state of Ohio and other national hot spots for top prospects.
It seems as though that finally, FINALLY, Kentucky football and its recruiting efforts are making inroads with recruits that a few years ago would have never given the Cats the time of day, let alone a visit.
But thanks to the recruiting efforts of UK’s staff and the administration’s commitment to upgrade the football facilities, Kentucky finds themselves in an enviable position most Cat fans couldn’t imagine a short time ago.
Enjoy the water cooler talk Cat fans!