Less than 24 hours after suffering a leg injury, Madison Southern running back Damien Harris was at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday night to see his third University of Kentucky football game this season.
Harris, who was on crutches, hobbled through the Cat Walk zone outside of the stadium to big cheers from the UK crowd a couple of hours before kickoff. The fans outside chanted his name as they waited for the Wildcats to enter the stadium. The UK student section then chanted his name when he came onto the field a few minutes later.
Shortly before kickoff, former UK star Randall Cobb walked over to Harris, gave him a big hug and exchanged a few words.
Harris — the nation's No. 1 running back — injured his leg in Friday night's loss to Southwestern and did not play in the second half. There was no official word on his injury status Saturday. Madison Southern is scheduled to host Pulaski County on Friday night in a game that will be shown live on ESPNU.
Harris is Kentucky's top remaining target in the class of 2015 and is also considering Ohio State, Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M. He will announce his college decision Dec. 12.
Other recruits on the field before the game included defensive end Kengera Daniel, wide receiver Tavin Richardson and defensive backs Andrew and David Dowell. Those four players are arguably UK's top targets at their respective positions.
Daniel — a three-star player from Raleigh, N.C. — arrived in Lexington on Saturday for his official visit. Richardson and the Dowell twins are in town for unofficial visits, and UK is considered the favorite for all three players.
UK head coach Mark Stoops and the assistant coaches spent some time chatting with those recruits leading up to the kickoff. UK basketball coach John Calipari also made an appearance on the field about an hour before the game started, signing a couple of autographs for fans and then mingling with recruits.
UK targets Nick Conner and George Brown were expected to visit for Saturday's game, but neither player was spotted on the field. Conner is committed to Ohio State, and Brown is committed to Florida.
Quarterback Austin Kendall and defensive back Jordan Griffin were among the top class of 2016 recruits who visited Saturday.
Kendall, who is committed to Tennessee, is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the junior class. His older brother Ryan is a freshman walk-on wide receiver for the Wildcats, who are continuing to recruit Austin despite his commitment to the Volunteers.
247Sports ranks Griffin as a four-star prospect and the No. 25 cornerback in the class of 2016. The Georgia native took a tour of the UK campus Saturday morning and arrived at the stadium a couple of hours before the game. The Cats are seen as the early favorite in his recruitment.