With the 2014 Blue-White Spring Game officially in the books, attention has turned to the Wildcats' recruiting until Mark Stoops & Co. open fall camp.
Several top prospects were in Lexington last weekend for the spring game and spoke to AllWildcats.com after their visits. Here's a sampling of what a few had to say:
Class of 2015:
Luke Hiers visit went very well. He's currently thinking of making his commitment to Kentucky. Hiers said the staff and fans showed a lot of love to him.
Cardinal Mooney product C.J. Amill tweeted out Kentucky visit was great with a "great atmosphere."
A new name to appear to on the recruiting board is Center Point High (Ala.) linebacker Antonio Johnson, who said he really enjoyed his visit to the Bluegrass State.
"The fans love the team and coaches," the junior prospect said. "The fans love the game of football. UK has a wonderful atmosphere and I see myself being a Wildcat.
"UK assistant Derrick Ansley been telling me how he loves my film. He wants me come back to Kentucky for a camp and he may try see me in the spring. During the visit, I was able to talk to Kentucky's quarterback, Patrick Towles."
Antonio has no offers currently, but is getting interest from Auburn, Ole Miss, USF, Texas, Tennessee, Mississipp State. His top two schools are Auburn and Kentucky after his visit this past weekend.
Another new name to the recruiting board is Colonial Forge High School (Va.) wideout Gary Jennings. The junior prospect currently holds offers from Virginia, Marshall, ODU, JMU, Buffalo and Wisconsin, however could an offer from Kentucky be coming in the future?
"UK assistants Neal Brown and Tommy Mainord both told me right now I have an unofficial offer to UK," he said. "After the coaches see my transcript, an official offer will come. The coaches told me they like my film and to keep working in the weight room.
"During our talks the coaches said many football things, but the one that stood out to me is when the coaches told me they can use me at the wide receiver position due to the offense they run. That is appealing to me because the wide receiver position is my preferred position.
Jennings discusses his visit to Kentucky:
"The visit to UK went well. I got a good chance to look at the university and the football program. The coaches had us take a tour of the campus and facilities. We then proceeded to the Spring Game. I was able to talk to Coach Brown, Coach Mainord and current Cat T.V. Williams. Coach Brown and Mainord said I was bigger in person than on my film which they both liked that and think I could fit in the offense with a bigger size. Current Cat TV Williams told me how the wide receiver position rotation at Kentucky was. He also told me how to adjust to the physicality of the game from high school to college.
Jennings mentions Kentucky is a great place and they will definitely be in my top few schools in the end of his decision, but he currently has no top five or favorites. He'll like to make his decision by the end of his senior year.
Kentucky native phenom Damien Harris really loved his visit to UK. I was told by several sources he was amazed by the Catwalk and the support the program was getting. I was also told the Cats may have moved up into is favorites with Ohio State and Alabama.
Class of 2016:
Tommy Kraemer comes from Elder High School in Cincinnati (OH) holds several offers including in state schools: Cincinnati, Ohio State, Illinois and Kentucky. He mentions Ohio State is recruiting him the hardest at this moment. The sophomore offensive tackle discusses his visit to Kentucky's spring game.
"The visit went well. It was nice to talk to UK assistant John Schlarman again and it was cool to see the awesome fans at Kentucky. Coach Schlarman and I talked a lot during the day. We talked about how school was going, lifting and how my recruitment was going. I feel I've built a strong relationship with UK assistant John Schlarman.
The Ohio native has no top five or favorite, but did say when he makes his decision he'll be on 100 percent sure on the certain school. Sophomore offensive tackle is looking for a good fit academically and good fit with the coaching staff.
A potential new name for the 2016 class is Walter Pritchett. The defensive end/ linebacker from Central High School in Phenix City (AL) hold's no offers, but getting interest from Southern Mississippi and Kentucky. Sophomore prospect gives an update on his recruitment and how his visit to UK went.
"The visit was great. I really like it up there in Lexington. I was able to meet with the coaching staff, tour the facilities and tell me how the defensive schemes are used at UK. Kentucky assistants Derrick Ansley and DJ Eliot want me come to one of their camps and play as a linebacker. They want to see how I play as a linebacker as they're recruiting me as a linebacker. I talked to current Cat Bud Dupree a little bit and talked to several other UK recruiting targets. We just all talked about how great the campus, coaching staff and fans are at Kentucky. After the visit Kentucky is my clear cut favorite. My relationship with with Coach Ansley is one reason why because we've built a strong relationship and I'm building a relationship with UK's defensive coordinator DJ Eliot.
Asked if he could commit if the staff offered him: "Good chance, I'll commit to Kentucky if the staff offers me." He plans to visit Kentucky again for a camp.