Before the "dead period" began for college football recruiting, one of the last stops that UK assistant coach John Schlarman made was to a South Carolina offensive line prospect who had committed to the previous staff.
Aiken (S.C.) South Aiken offensive tackle Justin Day said he was a little nervous about what that meeting would entail, but came away from it relieved.
"Coach came down on Saturday after the Shrine Bowl and met with me and my mom, my stepdad and my coach," Day said. "I really wasn't sure what to expect because, you know, anytime there is a coaching change, the new coaches may not decide that you're going to be good enough. But he told me right away that he fell in love with my film when he saw it and was excited about coaching me. He said he wanted me to be the last person he saw before the recruiting period ended.
"He said we're 100 percent committed to you, and I hope you're 100 percent committed to us. I told him I was."
Day (6-8, 285, 5.3) shocked the former UK lineman when he told him about his background.
"He couldn't believe it when I told him I have only been playing O-Line for nine months," said Day, who converted from the defensive line at his coach's suggestion prior to his senior season. "He thinks I've got the potential to go a long way and accomplish my goals and dreams."
The meeting also included setting up an official visit. Day was originally scheduled to be in Lexington on January 11, but he'll come on January 25 instead.
The reason for the switch?
"They told me Kentucky was playing LSU in basketball on that day, and I'd really love to see them play," Day said. "I love college basketball, too, and there will be a bunch of other recruits up there that weekend."
Kentucky currently has verbal commitments from four offensive linemen: Day, Jake Boynton of Georgia and Florida prospects Ander Bodkin and Ramsey Meyers. It remains unseen how many of those previous commitments will stick with the Wildcats, but UK expects to sign four of five O-Linemen in the Class of 2013.
Asked about his recent Shrine Bowl experience, Day said it was nice to represent South Carolina in the annual all-star game against North Carolina, but he came away from it with much more than just game memories.
"The greatest part was going to visit the kids in the hospital and seeing the smiles on their faces while they're battling cancer and stuff like that," Day said. "That gave me a lot of perspective on things. If they can fight through stuff like that, I can overcome anything I face on a daily basis."
Day meets with Schlarman
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