Three of the top 100 football prospects in the country were among the visitors for UK’s Blue-White Spring Game at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Before the scrimmage, UK’s coaches mingled on field with the group of recruits, which included several of the Wildcats’ signees for the class of 2016.
At one point, UK Coach Mark Stoops introduced Belfry offensive lineman Austin Dotson to Lafayette standouts Landon Young and Jedrick Wills. Stoops then gave Young a big hug. Dotson is committed to UK for the class of 2017, Young has signed with the Cats for next season and Wills is the program’s No. 1 recruiting target for next year.
Wills was one of three players from the Rivals 100 rankings in town Saturday. Four-star wide receiver JaVonte Richardson — the No. 86 prospect in the Rivals rankings — was back in Lexington after committing to the Cats last month. Four-star outside linebacker Justin Foster — the nation’s No. 66 overall recruit — made the trip from North Carolina.
Rivals ranks Wills as the No. 16 overall player in the class of 2017.
Other UK commitments congregating on the field before Saturday’s scrimmage were Alex King, Michael Warren and Walker Wood. Four-star defensive end James Hudson had a scheduling conflict Saturday morning and was due to arrive in Lexington later in the day. A few other UK commitments, such as Mac Jones and Russ Yeast, also had scheduling conflicts and were unable to make the trip.
Three-star running back Alec Sinkfield and three-star athlete Noah Curtis were among the other visiting recruits. Both of those players are uncommitted and have reported scholarship offers from UK for 2017.