UK Recruiting

Kentucky's recruiting guest list is long with No. 1 team in town

Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops looked on at his defense as Kentucky played Louisiana Monroe, on  Saturday October 11, 2014  in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops looked on at his defense as Kentucky played Louisiana Monroe, on Saturday October 11, 2014 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

Hosting the No. 1 team in college football means that Kentucky will also be hosting some of its biggest recruits this weekend.

Several of the Cats' top commitments — and a few uncommitted prospects — are expected to be in Commonwealth Stadium for Saturday's game against top-ranked Mississippi State.

Madison Southern senior Damien Harris — the No. 1 running back in the country — will be back in Lexington for his fifth UK home game this season.

Harris is still sidelined with a knee injury but tweeted earlier this week that he no longer needs crutches to get around.

The five-star prospect came to UK's home games against South Carolina and Louisiana-Monroe despite the injury, which occurred the night before the Cats' upset victory over the Gamecocks.

Four-star tight end C.J. Conrad, who has already committed to Kentucky, is expected to be in town for his official visit.

The Ohio native, one of the Cats' top-rated commitments for 2015, announced last week that he has already signed his financial-aid papers with the university, which means he will enroll next semester and participate in UK's spring practice.

Conrad will be joined by many of UK's 2015 commitments from Kentucky and Ohio, which makes up a majority of the Cats' recruiting class so far.

All three of UK's in-state commitments for 2016 are on Saturday's guest list.

The junior class in the state is deep with talent, with Zy'Aire Hughes, Davonte Robinson and Landon Young already committed to the Cats.

They'll be joined at Saturday's game by Woodford County offensive lineman Drake Jackson and Ashland running back Quinton Baker.

UK's fourth commitment for 2016 — Georgia cornerback Jordan Griffin — told the Herald-Leader that he won't be able to make the trip.

Other expected visitors from the class of 2016 include four-star quarterback (and Michigan commitment) Messiah deWeaver of Ohio and four-star wide receiver Randrecous Davis of Georgia.

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