UK Football Recruiting Notebook

This AllWildcats feature includes notes and tidbits surrounding the Kentucky Wildcats on the football recruiting trail, including the latest on C.J. Conrad's upcoming decision, potential wavering Auburn commit Marquel Harrell, Indiana linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. and a host of other top targets.

This AllWildcats feature includes notes and tidbits surrounding the Kentucky Wildcats on the football recruiting trail, including the latest on C.J. Conrad's upcoming decision, potential wavering Auburn commit Marquel Harrell, Indiana linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. and a host of other top targets.

Friday's Decision: Four-star Keystone High School (Ohio) tight end C.J. Conrad is set to make his college decision on Friday. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Conrad is choosing between Kentucky and Indiana with the Wildcats considered the heavy favorite. From everythin I've heard in the past couple of days, I would be shocked if it went any way but blue. Conrad has mentioned Kentucky felt like home and that no one could likely overtake Mark Stoops & Co. He's recently been talking with new UK commit Alex Stump quite a bit on Twitter. A positive sign? We think so.

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Harrell to Visit: Three-star Creekside High School (Ga.) offensive guard and Auburn commit Marquel Harrell is planning to visit Kentucky this summer. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive guard tells AllWildcats.com that Derrick Ansley has been in touch in recent weeks. The interest between the two is mutual. It remains to be seen if Harrell teammate Venzell Boulware will also visit Kentucky this summer, but I wouldn't be shocked to see both three-star linemen make their way to Lexington to see what the Cats have to offer. It will be interesting to see how UK's five verbal commitments at the position already for 2015 affect other prospects still receiving attention. It would be difficult to see the Cats take more than six offensive linemen in a class unless a couple of them were projected as guys who could help on defense as well.

Weekend Visitor: Four-star Lawrence Central High School (Ind.) middle linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. is visiting Kentucky this Friday and Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Kirkland is rated No. 5 in the nation at this position by Scout. He says there is no chance of him committing on his first trip to Lexington, but acknowledges that the Cats are near the top of his schools. Recently on Twitter he has followed Stump and Conrad.

Brown Visits Elite RB: Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern High School running back Damien Harris was recently visited by UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown during his spring game. Harris (5-11, 198, 4.4) is currently rated the No. 1 running back in the country by Scout. He owns a Who's Who list of scholarship offers so far, and many believe Alabama and Ohio State sit atop his board, but it appears the Cats are making up some ground in his recruitment. Harris was impressed by the Blue-White Spring Game and is starting to form relationships with other UK recruits. Look for the Cats to make his recruitment a battle. One things we've learned about Stoops since the day he arrived in Lexington, he will not back down from anybody.

Cats in Top 5 For DE: Three-star Our Lady Good Counsel (Md.) defensive end Darius Fullwood tweeted out his top-five schools Monday that included UK. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Fullwood listed UK, Ohio State, Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech as his top five with Wake Forest, West Virginia, Boston College and Penn State still being considered as well. He would like to make his decision by the end of June, so you could see some serious movement on him in the days/weeks to come.

Staff Checks In on Tennessee Commit: Three-star Alpharetta High School (Ga.) defensive end and Tennessee commit Andrew Butcher tweeted out Tuesday that the Kentucky staff visited him at his school. It remains to be seen how serious the interest level between the two parties is, but the 6-foot-3, 252-pounder held offers from UK, Alabama and several other major programs before his verbal commitment to the Vols.

In-state Recruit Wants Kentucky Offer: Frankfort (Ky.) Western Hills High School defensive back Nick Lockett has made no secret of his desire for a UK offer. He was recently visited by UK assistant coach Neal Brown at his school. Lockett's size (6'0, 170) is what the Kentucky staff is looking for in the secondary. Lockett was one of the many who visited the Cats' spring game and came away impressed by the campus and fan support. He tweeted out Monday if the Cats offer him, they would enter in his top two. I'm not sure he'll get the offer as soon as he wants it, but the staff is interested in him.

Peach State QB Receives Visit: On Tuesday, Alpharetta High School (Ga.) quarterback Austin King was visited by the UK staff. King tells AllWildcats.com that Derrick Ansley spoke with his coaches and indicated UK could be close to making an offer. Neal Brown is expected to make a follow-up visit next week. King (6-2, 180) is considered a three-star prospect at this time. He opened many eyes in March with his strong showing at the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp, where he was one of the best QBs in attendance. West Virginia was one of the first major programs to jump into his recruitment.

Maryland Sophomore Talks UK Offer: DeMatha High School (Md.) sophomore offensive tackle Terrance Davis received a Kentucky on Monday. The mammoth (6'3, 311) offensive tackle tells AllWildcats.com he was surprised by the offer. "I had no idea Kentucky was looking at me until they offered me… I'm still learning about Kentucky, but I want to get down there and learn more about the school and facilities. I'm really considering UK now." Davis said if the visit goes well this summer, he could potentially be an early commitment.

New 2016 Offers: Woodward Academy (Ga.) teammates received offers from Kentucky on Tuesday. Running back Elijah Holyfield (5-11, 189) and cornerback Antone Williams (5-11, 161) were both surprised by the UK offer today. Holyfield said Derrick Ansley is recruiting the duo. Neither had much time to sit down and talk to him, but both are planning to visit Kentucky this summer.


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