Jackson pays Cats a visit

A name all Kentucky fans can recognize as a major recruiting target for the Wildcats is Drake Jackson.

The Woodford County junior center has blown up as one of the nation's most coveted O-Line prospects this summer, drawing the attention of programs like UK, Alabama, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Jackson (6-2, 284), who is rated the No. 1 center in the country for 2016 by Scout, made the short drive from Versailles to Lexington on Saturday to visit the Cats.

"It was fun," Jackson said. "I watched the scrimmage from the sidelines. I wanted to see how this Kentucky team looked with two weeks before their season starts."

And his reaction?

"I came very impressed," Jackson said. "The team looks so much better now than they did earlier in the summer. The passing game looked great. Everything was just crisp."

Jackson also paid close attention to the way UK's linemen worked. He said he came away impressed by that unit as well. "I really was. Some of those guys will play in the (NFL). The entire offensive line was moving well, playing smart and just using really good technique."

Overall, it was another good visit with the Cats that left Jackson thinking he could fit in with the program someday.

""I could see myself playing at Kentucky," he said. "The coaching staff is doing a great job and the players really seem to enjoy playing for them. The improvement within the offensive line shows me UK coaching staff is really good at their jobs."

Asked if UK is still the leader in his recruitment after a recent visit to Tennessee, Jackson said: "Kentucky is my leader. The visits aren't going to change who leads in my recruitment. I'm not that guy who has a new leader or new top list after every visit. I think the football itself will make more of an impression on me."

Jackson thinks he could make a decision prior to his senior season, but does not have a set timetable.

Woodford County opens its 2014 season on Aug. 22 at home against Nelson County, followed by a road game on Aug. 29 at Madison Central for fans hoping to get an early look at the Yellow Jackets and their star center.

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