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Rivals moves two UK football recruits into Top 250

Drake Jackson, UK's sixth commitment for the class of 2016, said he wants to be the "Drew Barker" of this class and help recruit high school players to Kentucky.
Drake Jackson, UK's sixth commitment for the class of 2016, said he wants to be the "Drew Barker" of this class and help recruit high school players to Kentucky.

Two local University of Kentucky football commitments were among the players who jumped into the Rivals 250 for the class of 2016 when that recruiting service updated its rankings Tuesday.

Lafayette offensive tackle Landon Young was the biggest mover, going from an unranked three-star prospect to the No. 149 overall player in the class. His new four-star designation from Rivals.com means that he now has that ranking from all four major recruiting services.

Young — a 6-foot-7, 290-pound prospect — has been committed to UK for almost two years, though he’s still being pursued by Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State. He was in Columbus over the weekend for a tour of OSU’s campus.

The No. 149 ranking from Rivals would be the third-highest for a UK commitment under Mark Stoops, who signed Stanley “Boom” Williams (No. 118) and Drew Barker (No. 132) in 2014.

Jackson — a 6-2, 290-pound center from Woodford County — already had a four-star ranking from Rivals.com, but he moved into the Rivals 250 on Tuesday at No. 244 overall. He is also considered a four-star player by every major recruiting service and recently earned an invitation to Nike’s The Opening Finals camp in Oregon in July.

Young and Jackson are both on the roster to participate in the Rivals Five-Star Challenge in Baltimore this weekend.

Kentucky has the No. 10 class in the country for 2016, according to Rivals.

MORE: Complete Rivals 250 | The biggest movers

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