This weekend's UK football camp loaded with prime recruiting targets

broberts@herald-leader.comJuly 17, 2014 

This weekend will mark a prime opportunity for Kentucky's football coaches to make a good impression — and maybe even play a little recruiting Yahtzee — with some of their top prospects.

The Friday Night Blue Lights camp is UK's biggest on-campus recruiting event of the summer and is expected to attract many of the program's top targets in the class of 2015.

One player getting his first look at UK will be Florida safety Marcus Walker, who once visited Lexington for an AAU basketball tournament but has never been on campus as a football recruit.

Walker — one of the top 20 safeties in the class of 2015 — is a four-star prospect, according to the ESPN rankings. He told the Herald-Leader this month that Kentucky is one of his top schools and said there's a good chance he could commit to the Wildcats during this weekend's visit or shortly after he returns home to Florida.

Michigan State and Arkansas are the other two schools at the top of his list.

Linebacker Amonte Caban, cornerbacks Kei Beckham and Sheldrick Redwine, and running back Karan Higdon are among several other class of 2015 players with UK scholarship offers expected to be in town this weekend.

Madison Southern running back Damien Harris is a VIP whenever he shows up around Commonwealth Stadium, and there's a good chance he'll be back for Friday night's camp.

Harris is regarded as the No. 1 running back in the country and he's the state's top-rated prospect in the era of recruiting rankings.

Though he's still listing eight schools under consideration, it's increasingly looking like his recruitment will come down to Kentucky and Ohio State.

There is no timetable for Harris' college decision, though he has publicly entertained the option of enrolling at the school of his choice in January in order to go through spring practice. He has already made several recruiting visits to UK.

This weekend will give UK's coaches a chance to make one last pitch to Cincinnati offensive tackle George Brown, who will be on campus for the final time before making his college decision.

Brown has narrowed his choices to UK, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Louisiana State, and many regard the Wildcats as the favorite in his recruitment. ranks Brown as the No. 118 overall prospect for 2015, which would make him the highest-rated commitment in UK's class if he chooses the Cats during an announcement planned for July 25.

Kentucky already has 12 commitments for 2015, and at least half of those players should be in Lexington this weekend. Tight end C.J. Conrad, linebacker Eli Brown, defensive end Darius Fullwood and wide receiver Alex Stump — four of the program's top pledges — are all confirmed guests.

Friday's camp will include on-field instruction from UK's coaching staff, as well as a tour of the program's facilities and an overview of the recruiting process.

The following day, UK's coaches will oversee a 7-on-7 team camp and another event specially designed for offensive and defensive linemen.

The Wildcats have six commitments from offensive linemen for the class of 2015, and a few of those players are also expected to be in town and could participate in Saturday's camp.

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