Future Kentucky QB likes what he sees

Kentucky's home opener Saturday night against Kent State drew only a small group of recruiting visitors, but one of them was a future Wildcat.

Kentucky's home opener Saturday night against Kent State drew only a small group of recruiting visitors, but one of them was a future Wildcat.

Signal Mountain (Tenn.) High School quarterback Reese Phillips made his way to Lexington to see his first game at Commonwealth Stadium.

"I had seen Kentucky play before, but it was always down at Neyland Stadium (in Knoxville)," Phillips said. "This was my first chance to see them up there, and I had a great time. It was awesome.

"The game was fun, and the fans were really nice. I also got to meet a new friend of mine, (fellow 2013 UK commit) Jacob Hyde, the athletics director (Mitch Barnhart), and Andre Woodson. I got to spend some time with Joker Phillips and the other coaches in the lounge before the game. It was a really fun experience. I'm looking forward to going back again."

Phillips (6-4, 211) committed to UK in the summer. He is expected to be the lone pure quarterback prospect the Cats sign in next year's class. Four games into his senior season, he has passed for approximately 700 yards.

He is excited about his future in Lexington after seeing a newly-remodeled UK offense that has utilized a no-huddle spread attack and thrown the ball 90 times in the first two games. Last night in a 47-14 win over Kent State, the Cats racked up 354 yards passing, their highest total since the 2007 season.

"I think they threw it 39 times last night," Phillips said. "That's what any quarterback likes to see. I love it. We do a lot of the same things they're doing at our school, trying to play fast and throwing a lot out of the shotgun.

"I can't wait 'til I'm up there doing it."

Other schools have continued to inquire about Phillips, but he says he remains "100 percent" solid with the Cats.


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