JUCO receiver Landry hopes to catch on with UK

broberts@herald-leader.comJuly 27, 2014 

Darrion Landry

The UK football team found immediate success at the wide receiver position last year with Javess Blue, a junior-college acquisition who led the Cats in every pass-catching category during his first season in Lexington.

Darrion Landry might be the next player to follow that path.

Landry, like Blue, is a highly touted wide receiver in the junior-college ranks. He caught 45 passes for 766 yards and five touchdowns last season for Blinn College in Texas, leading the squad in all three categories.

Blinn will employ a run-and-shoot offense under a new head coach this season, and Landry has set personal goals of more than 1,000 yards, 10 or more touchdowns and All-American honors.

He'll also be picking his next school sometime during the course of the season.

Landry called UK the "front-runner" in his recruitment, which also includes scholarship offers from Illinois, UAB and heavy interest from Utah.

"I love how all of the fans come together, and everybody is one," Landry said of UK. "The whole BBN movement on Twitter — that makes me feel like everybody is together. You tweet, 'BBN,' and everybody just comments back to you.

"And I feel like Kentucky is on the rise and will be in the Top 25."

UK wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord is Landry's primary recruiter and checks in on the three-star prospect every two weeks or so. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound player has the size that Kentucky's coaches are looking for at the position, and he'd be a nice addition to a 2015 class that already includes taller-than-average receivers Jabari Greenwood and Alex Stump.

Mainord made a trip to Texas in the spring to check out Landry — the No. 6 junior-college receiver in the country, according to Rivals — and came away impressed.

"He likes how I go up and get the ball," Landry said. "I'm a deep-ball threat."

The UK coaches want to get Landry up to Lexington for his first visit, and they're getting some recruiting help from linebacker Ryan Flannigan, who signed with the Wildcats last February and is expected to be on campus next week after he wraps up his coursework at Blinn.

Landry called Flannigan one of his closest friends and said his former teammate has been telling him great things about the UK fans and coaches. He's ready to see it for himself.

Landry has plans to take some extra classes so he can graduate from Blinn this winter and enroll at the college of his choice in January, which would allow him to go through spring practice.

The Texas native hasn't taken any college visits yet, but he said he'd like to use his bye week to see Lexington. That will fall on Sept. 27, which is also the date of the UK-Vanderbilt game at Commonwealth Stadium.

Landry plans to make a commitment once he starts making college visits, and it looks like his first trip will be to Kentucky.

When asked if that meant there's a good chance he could leave Lexington as a Wildcat when he visits in September, Landry answered in the affirmative.

"Yes, sir!" he said excitedly.

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com.

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