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UK shows interest in Carter Smith and Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen

A couple more players to add to the transfer portal target list.

NCAA Football: Indiana at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats coaching staff is starting to put together their list of transfer portal targets to help bolster the roster for the 2024 season.

With commitments already in place by Brock Vandagriff, Raymond Cottrell, Beau Allen, and Chip Trayanum, other names are starting to emerge as serious options for the Cats.

Two of the newer names on the list are to help bolster the offense, and both have currently been playing their college football in the Hoosier State.

First off is Indiana transfer offensive lineman Carter Smith, who is planning to visit Kentucky soon, according to KSR.

A 6-foot-6 and 270-pound offensive tackle from Powell (OH), Smith chose the Hoosiers out of high school over offers from Tennessee, Auburn, Louisville, Ole Miss, Michigan State, and plenty of others. He was considered a 3-star prospect in the class of 2022.

He appeared in every game for the Hoosiers this past season and could help bolster the o-line depth in 2024. Smith is expected in Lexington for an official visit on Dec. 15-17th after a trip to visit Lane Kiffin and the Ole Miss Rebels.

Alongside Smith, another name to watch for is Purdue transfer wideout Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen, who has reportedly been contacted by Kentucky.

In West Lafayette last season, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder caught 25 passes for 329 yards. Based on the above graphic, it’s going to be a battle of the big boys in college football to land his commitment it seems.

Yaseen was considered a 4-star recruit coming out of high school in Walled Lake (MI). He chose Purdue over offers that included Kentucky, Louisville, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, and several others.

As of now, it doesn’t appear Yaseen is the priority at wideout for Kentucky. After landing Cottrell from Texas A&M this past weekend, the Wildcats are now hoping to land one or both of Donaven McCulley and Ja’Mori Maclin, who also just visited Lexington.

But if one or both of those fall through, perhaps Kentucky will make a stronger push for Yaseen.

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