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Lafayette’s Jedrick Wills holds lofty spot in new national football rankings

Lafayette offensive tackle Jedrick Wills is one of the top high school football prospects in the country and has scholarship offers from many of the nation’s elite programs.
Lafayette offensive tackle Jedrick Wills is one of the top high school football prospects in the country and has scholarship offers from many of the nation’s elite programs. mcornelison@herald-leader.com

Lafayette offensive lineman Jedrick Wills fell one spot in the new Rivals.com recruiting rankings released Monday, but he remains one of the most highly touted high school football prospects in the country.

Wills — a 6-foot-4, 315-pounder from Lexington — is now ranked as the No. 17 overall recruit in the class of 2017, according to Rivals, which still ranks him as the No. 3 offensive tackle in the class.

If he holds that spot throughout the 2017 recruiting cycle, Wills will be the second-highest-rated prospect from Kentucky in the era of the Rivals rankings, which date back to 2002. Madison Southern running back Damien Harris, who signed with Alabama, was the nation’s No. 8 overall recruit in 2015.

The University of Kentucky is seen by many recruiting analysts as the favorite in Wills’ recruitment. He has visited the hometown school numerous times for games and other recruiting events, and he’s friends and teammates with class of 2017 commitment Walker Wood and class of 2016 signee Landon Young.

Notre Dame has emerged as UK’s top competition for Wills, who is expected to visit South Bend later this week. His other finalists include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana State, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Tennessee.

He has scholarship offers from all of those schools.

Wills will compete at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta this weekend.

Three of seven Rivals.com analysts polled Monday have pegged Wills as the favorite to win offensive line MVP honors at the camp, including national analyst Mike Farrell.

Wills does not have a timetable for his college decision.

UK commitment Javonte Richardson fell 13 spots in the new Rivals 100 rankings, but he’s still on the list.

Richardson — a 6-4, 205-pound wide receiver from Maple Heights, Ohio — is now ranked as the No. 97 overall prospect in the class of 2017. He’s the No. 3 overall player from the state of Ohio and the No. 5 prospect at the “athlete” position.

Jones left out of Elite 11

UK commitment Mac Jones was not among the 12 quarterbacks chosen as the Elite 11 following this past weekend’s quarterback competition in Los Angeles.

There were 24 quarterbacks from the class of 2017 invited to the Elite 11 finals for three days of competition, and the 12 players deemed best by the event’s panel will now move on to The Opening next month in Oregon.

Those players, which were announced Monday, are: Myles Brennan (Louisiana State commitment), Sean Clifford (Penn State), Tommy Devito (Syracuse), Sam Ehlinger (Texas), Jake Fromm (Georgia), Hunter Johnson (Clemson), Tate Martell (uncommitted), Dylan McCaffrey (Michigan), Davis Mills (Stanford), Chris Robison (Oklahoma), Jack Sears (uncommitted) and Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama).

There were 12 quarterbacks, instead of 11, chosen this year.

Jones – a 6-foot-3 prospect from Jacksonville, Fla. – next turns to the Rivals Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta, where he will compete this weekend. Jones has won multiple regional MVP awards at Rivals camps throughout the spring and is now ranked as the No. 15 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2017 by that recruiting service.

Since his commitment to Kentucky last summer, Jones has picked up scholarship offers from Alabama, California, Louisville, Mississippi, Texas A&M and several other schools.

Jones has said repeatedly that he is still solid with his commitment to the Wildcats.

Change of plans

Three-star running back Morgan Ellison did not make his planned trip to Lexington to participate in one of UK’s on-campus football camps over the weekend.

Ellison — a 6-foot-1 prospect from Pickerington, Ohio — was expected to compete for a UK scholarship offer at the camp. He said Saturday that he would attend a Wildcats’ camp later this summer.

UK, which could add another running back to its recruiting class of 2017 following the recent decommitment of Michael Warren, will also hold a series of camps in July. As of now, Ohio speedster Bryant Koback is the only running back in UK’s 2017 class.

Ellison did attend camps at Georgia and Pittsburgh over the weekend.

247Sports ranks him as the No. 28 running back in the class of 2017.

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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