UK Football Recruiting Notebook - May 13

This AllWildcats feature includes notes and tidbits surrounding the Kentucky Wildcats on the football recruiting trail, including who might be the next #BBN commit, the latest on Anthony Rush and two potential five-star summer visitors.

Who's Next? Since C.J. Conrad's commitment to Kentucky last week, the big question on fans' collective mind is "Who's next?" We'll take a stab at it. How about another C.J. in the form of Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney running back C.J. Amill? The 5-foot-9, 165-pound athlete is very close to teammate and recent UK verbal Jordan Jones. Shortly after the latter's commitment, we heard from a good source that Mooney players typically stick together and are very loyal to former alumni Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow. Another name to keep an eye on is Washington, D.C., wideout Jabari Greenwood (6-4, 190), who has been hinting quite a bit that he could be on the verge of pulling the trigger.

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North Carolina DE Talks Cats: Three-star Cary High School (N.C.) standout Anthony Rush currently has six offers, including one from the Cats. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive end offered the latest on his recruitment: "I plan on visiting every school who has offered me so far after I take my SAT. I would say out of the schools offering me Kentucky is recruiting me the hardest. The coaches are telling me want me come be a part of the movement and how I could come play early. I currently don't have a top five, but Kentucky is definitely one my favorites." The junior prospect is looking for school where he can fit in and "feel like home." Rush would like to make his decision after his senior season, but did say there's a chance he could commit earlier. "If my visit to Kentucky feels like home, I could commit to them on the visit."

Five-Star Visitors in The Works? The No. 2 defensive end in the nation, Josh Sweat, tweeted that if gets 500 RT's he will visit Kentucky. Sweat is a five-star defensive from Oscar F. Smith High School in Virginia. He is physically imposing at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds. He holds offers from anyone and everyone. In order for the Cats to have a puncher's chance, they'll need a visit from Sweat at the very least. Rumblings also suggest the No. 4 defensive tackle, Daron Payne, plans a second visit to Lexington. He visited in February with a teammate, and apparently liked what he saw. The 6-foot-3, 329-pound Payne is from Shades Valley High School in Irondale, Ala.

D-End Close to D-ecision? Salem High School (Va.) star Trevon Hill received an offer from the Cats in the last few days, but his decision date had already been set before the scholarship was issued. Is there still time for the Cats to get into the mix? "I was surprised when, I received the offer. I was really happy and to get a SEC offer is a blessing. Coach (Tommy) Mainord offered me at my school. He told me the staff watched my film and decided it was time for him to come down the 757 or some call it the DMV area." Hill said the Cats will start recruiting that area more than in the past. "Right now, I'm looking at UNC, Clemson, N.C. State, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, but Kentucky can definitely become a possibility after what Coach Mainord told me. I'm looking to commit in two weeks on May 27th around 3-3:30 p.m. (ET)." The junior prospect is looking for a place where he can feel comfortable. "I'm also looking for early playing time and a place where they're going to help me transition not only on the field, but in life as a man." Campus life, life after football and overall atmosphere around the football program will also be a factor in his decision. The 6-foot-4, 212-pound Hill is a three-star prospect.

Tennessee Native Talks Offer: Oakland High School (Tenn.) wide receiver Kyle Oliver tells AllWildcats about his recent offer from the Cats: "Coach (Derrick) Ansley evaluated me a week before at my school, so I had an idea the offer would come. He told me UK is looking at me as a ‘Y' receiver, which is a big body (6-5, 205) wideout who can play on the line as well. I feel, I can fit at the ‘Y' receiver position due to the fact that I've gotten much bigger. I'm planning to visit Kentucky this summer. I'm looking at how the relationships are between players and coaches and create a great bond with them on my visit. My top three right now are Ole Miss, Louisville and Kentucky, but none are standing out." Oliver is looking for a school who can take him further than football. He hopes to make his decision before his senior season.

Alabama DB Discusses Cats: St. Paul's Episcopal School (Ala.) standout Jalen Thompson received an offer from the Kentucky coaching staff recently. The 5-11, 170-pound defensive talked to AllWildcats about the offer: "Every offer you get is an blessing and just add another from the SEC is great and Kentucky is a great school I would love to play for. I knew an offer was coming from the Cats when (UK cornerback coach) Derrick Ansley started talking to me more and he finally offered me. He told me he loved the way I play and is one of the top corners in the nation. He wants me come down to Kentucky this summer. I'll be on UK's campus this summer on a visit." Asked if the Cats are a favorite now, Thompson said, "They're up there with Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Miami and Clemson. Thompson is looking for a place he can come play early and would prefer to play relatively close to home. The three-star junior hopes to make his decision in August.

Alabama ATH Plans Visit: Dale County (Ala.) High School running back JaMarius Henderson is currently committed to UAB, but that will likely change this week. "I'm de-committing from UAB this week," the 5-foot-11, 197-pound running back tells us. "I have a lot interest in Kentucky. I plan on visiting soon and they're now in my top three with Nevada and Cincinnati. The Cats are recruiting him as athlete, not a running back, per Henderson. He tells AllWildcats a commitment to UK is not out of the question on his visit. The Alabama native is looking for "a program that will make him feel at home, a father figure coach and a college he can call home." Derrick Ansley is handling his recruitment.

Florida RB Draws Interest: Oviedo High School (FL) three-star junior running back Jurell Green been hearing from (UK running backs coach) Chad Scott. Green is a 5-foot-11, 197-pound running back who doesn't have an offer from the Kentucky staff, but an offer could be coming. "I've been talking to Coach Chad Scott, the running backs coach. He's been telling me that I'm an offer guy, but they want to see more from me before they offer because I was hurt last spring and was banged up throughout the season. I love what I saw from them, especially the rebuilding part of the program. Coach Scott came to my school practice last week and told me he'll get back to me." If the Cats offer him, they would be on his top schools list and draw a visit. Green wants to make his college decision before the fall.

2016 Prospects to Camp: Sophomore prospects Jeffery Pooler and Drake Jackson will be visiting UK for one of the annual summer camps. Pooler is five-star defensive lineman from Chaminade Julienne High School in Ohio standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 245 pounds. "Coach(Vince) Marrow told me the entire staff will be watching my film, and he wants to keep in touch with me." Before an offer goes the entire coaching staff sits down and watches the film and agree who does or does not get offered. It's hard to envision that Pooler would not draw one from the Cats. He's also been talking to fellow UK prospect Jackson about camping on July 18. "We've talked about going to camps and going up to UK together for a visit," Pooler said. Jackson (6-2, 284) is a four-star center from Woodford County (Ky.) High School who already holds offers from UK, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati. The Cats are currently out in front. He's leaning toward making an early college decision.

New 2015 and 2016 Offers: Lakewood High School (Fla.) wide receiver Saivion Smith (6-2, 175) picked up an offer from the Cats recently. I've heard he will visit Kentucky this summer and was excited about getting the offer from UK. Chad Scott is handling his recruitment. Collin Hill High School (Ga.) sophomore Tomon Fox tells us his offer from Kentucky was surprising and he really is excited about it. Kentucky joins Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Memphis, Wake Forest, N. C.State in offering the 6-foot-2, 205-pound defensive end. A visit to Lexington this summer is more than likely. Cedar Grove High School (Ga.) sophomore Antwuan Jackson received an offer from UK on Monday. He tells us he saw a Kentucky coach at his practice and was happy when his coach told him the Cats offered. A visit to Lexington is being planned. Jackson (6-3, 260) is a four-star defensive tackle in the 2016 class.


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