Among a nice group of visitors for Kentucky's "Junior Day" event Saturday was a player who could be in contention for "Mr. Football" honors in the Bluegrass State next year.
Nacarius Fant, who has racked up more than 120 receptions and almost 3,000 yards receiving the last two years in helping lead Bowling Green to 30 consecutive victories and a pair of Class 5A state championships, said he loved his trip to Lexington.
"I had a blast over there," Fant said. "The visit was amazing."
Asked what made it such a good time, Fant added: "The coaches over there and the way they made me feel welcome and wanted and just the overall confidence they had in turning around Kentucky's program. I know a lot of the recruits who were there with me were talking about how good it was."
Fant enjoyed getting to know new UK receivers coach Tommy Mainord and offensive coordinator Neal Brown.
"As soon as I got there, we kind of got straight to the point," Fant said. "They grabbed me and took me into some one-on-one sessions to talk about the 'Air Raid' offense and how I could be a great player in it."
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Fant is projected as a slot receiver in UK's scheme, a position where he'd be able to take advantage of his speed and quickness against opposing linebackers and safeties.
"They think I could really exploit defenses with my ability to make plays after I catch it," he said.
He also got to sit down one-on-one with the Wildcats' new head coach, Mark Stoops.
"That was great," Fant said. "He's a real straight-forward, serious guy. I love what he has to say about his vision for the program. He told me I could be a big part of helping them turn things around."
Fant said he is impressed by how aggressively the new UK staff has recruited him since arriving in the Bluegrass State.
"They're really working hard on the Class of 2014 already," he said. "They way they're recruiting right now, you have to be impressed."
One of Kentucky's other top juniors, Conner quarterback Drew Barker, was also in town for the event. Fant said they've become good friends.
"He had to leave early for his basketball game tonight, but I know he enjoyed it, too," Fant said. "A lot of the same schools are recruiting both of us right now. I'd love to have the chance to play with him."
In addition to UK, Fant has been receiving early interest from programs like Louisville, Ohio State, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, LSU and Oregon.
Fant: UK's Junior Day a 'blast'
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