Three-star defensive end Davoan Hawkins and three-star wide receiver Marvin Alexander announced their commitments to UK on Tuesday morning. They are the Wildcats’ second and third football commitments for the 2018 class.
Jarren Williams — Kentucky’s only football commitment for the class of 2018 — recently visited Lexington for the program’s junior day event and will return to town later this spring to observe UK practice. He’s also visiting Tennessee this weekend, but the talented recruit from Georgia says he’s still firmly committed to the Cats.
The Herald-Leader’s new Next Cats page for UK football recruiting targets in the class of 2018 includes bio information, star rankings and links to more recruiting buzz on 55 uncommitted prospects who Mark Stoops and the Wildcats’ coaches are already targeting for next year.
The University of Kentucky produced an advertisement for the UK football program for the fifth consecutive Super Bowl on Sunday night, with the ad airing in local markets around halftime of the big game. The UK-themed Super Bowl ads began back in 2013, Coach Mark Stoops’ first full year with the Wildcats program.
Malik Monk’s laughing while on the bench late in UK’s blowout loss at Florida in response to the UF student section sarcastically serenading him with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” turned into a social media imbroglio. What Wildcats fans — and John Calipari — should be fretting about is UK’s dismal second-half defensive numbers in recent games
Jimmy Brumbaugh, who had been the University of Kentucky football team’s defensive line coach, is leaving the program, the Herald-Leader has learned. He is headed to Maryland to be the Terrapins’ co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach.
UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow went into Maryland — new territory for him — during the 2017 recruiting cycle and pulled out two promising football commitments for the Kentucky Wildcats. Also, notes on Bryant Koback, the Cats’ new offensive linemen and Lynn Bowden.
Kentucky signed five wide receivers in its 2017 recruiting class -- Josh Ali, Lynn Bowden, Javonte Richardson, Isaiah Epps and Clevan Thomas -- and all of those players will have a chance to play for the Wildcats right away this season. Bowden and Richardson are nationally ranked players, and Epps is an under-the-radar receiver who could end up being the steal of the class for Mark Stoops and UK.
Mark Stoops is among the college football coaches who would like to see the NCAA add an early signing period for recruits, and that proposal could pass as soon as April. UK has lost several recruits in the run-up to national signing day in recent years, and other schools have pulled the scholarships of high school seniors late in the process.
Kentucky’s coaches raved about four-star prospect Lynn Bowden. “He’s just exceptional. He’s just dynamic,” Mark Stoops said. Bowden ended his senior season throwing for 1,366 yards, rushing for 2,277 yards and amassing 57 total touchdowns.
Kentucky freshman quarterback Danny Clark, a native of Columbus, Ohio, says the Ohio State tattoo he has on his right arm is not a problem. Clark, who had earlier committed to Ohio State, is an early enrollee at UK.