Nashville OL makes unofficial visit to UK

Nashville, Tenn., lineman Zac Johnson made an unofficial visit to UK this weekend...

LEXINGTON, Ky.  --- Kentucky received an unofficial visit from a Nashville, Tenn., lineman this weekend.

Zac Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound guard, is just starting the recruiting process entering his senior year at Overton High School, according to his father.

"We're kind of putting out some feelers, taking some unofficial visits," said Bill Johnson. "One of the things with Zac is he's not sure he wants to get away too far from home. So this weekend we wanted to take the trip up to Lexington and give him an idea of how close it was to home.

"We really enjoyed the visit. In looking at practice, the comment Zac made to me was the offensive linemen were doing the same exact drills he does at his high school. That made him feel comfortable seeing that. He also got to look at their roster, see who was coming back, and the sizes of some of the younger kids on the team. He felt like he was pretty similar to them."

Johnson has made unofficial visits to UK and Vandy. He has also scheduled a trip to Middle Tennessee State.  Among other letters of inquiry, he has been contacted by Alabama.

"But that's probably too far away from home in his mind," Bill Johnson said.

Kentucky has not made an official scholarship offer, but Bill Johnson said the staff wants the family to return to Lexington for a game this season. "They mentioned they'd like us to get the feel of a gameday and see the atmosphere," Johnson said.

The family was notified of the expected NCAA sanctions which will affect the number of scholarships UK has available this year.

"They told us about the limits they'll have," Bill Johnson said. "They said they only have 16 scholarships, and that six of those were already filled. They told us, of the 10 spots left, nine would probably go to linemen. Zac was wondering what his chances were. He feels pretty good about it, but it's hard to tell this early."


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