UK Recruiting

Top recruiting targets visiting for Kentucky's final home game

Saturday will be the final opportunity for University of Kentucky football recruits to see the Wildcats play at Commonwealth Stadium this fall, and many of them are planning to make the trip.

South Carolina wide receiver Tavin Richardson told the Herald-Leader on Thursday that he will be in town for the home finale against Georgia.

Richardson is arguably UK's top remaining target at the position for the class of 2015 and has already visited Lexington several times in recent months. He is also considering Nebraska, Louisville and Central Florida.

Madison Southern running back Damien Harris has not confirmed that he'll be at the UK-Georgia game, but he's been a regular guest at Commonwealth this season.

Harris — the top running back nationally in the class of 2015 — has attended five of UK's six home games. He's been sidelined since early October with a knee injury but is expected to return to the field for his team's playoff opener Friday night.

That game will be played at Letcher Central High School, which is a 21/2-hour drive from Harris' hometown of Berea and will mean a long night for the UK recruit ahead of Saturday's noon kickoff.

Class of 2015 commitments Mason Wolfe, Larry Wells and Logan Stenberg are all expected to attend the UK-Georgia game. Fellow UK commitment Jordan Jones (Youngstown, Ohio) might make the trip.

Several UK commitments said that their high school teams' playoff games would prevent them from making it to Lexington.

Class of 2016 commitments Quinton Baker, Zy'Aire Hughes, Davonte Robinson, Roland Walder and Landon Young are likely to be in attendance.

That would leave cornerback Jordan Griffin as the only UK commitment for 2016 who won't be in town. Griffin — a Georgia native — was one of the players who had planned to make the trip but won't be able to because of high school playoffs.

Woodford County offensive lineman Drake Jackson — UK's top in-state target for 2016 — is planning to attend Saturday's game.

Ohio junior quarterback Messiah deWeaver is also a possible guest. DeWeaver is committed to Michigan but considering a flip to UK.

UK commitment Marcus Walker and top UK target Anthony McKee are expected to take official visits to Michigan State for the Spartans' game against Ohio State on Saturday.

Walker is one of the Cats' top-rated commitments for the class of 2015 and has said that he's "100 percent" committed to UK despite news of the possible visit.

McKee is a three-star linebacker who has long been on UK's wish list but seems to now be favoring Michigan State and Oklahoma.

While this weekend will mark the final UK home game before national signing day, the Cats' biggest recruiting weekend of the cycle might actually be next month.

UK is planning a major recruiting event around the Kentucky-North Carolina basketball game on Dec. 13. Several of the Cats' top football targets and commitments will take their official visits that weekend, which is also around the time that Harris has said he will make a college decision.