UK Football Recruiting Notebook - May 21

This AllWildcats feature includes notes and tidbits surrounding the Kentucky Wildcats on the football recruiting trail, including the latest on a four-star defensive end, a JUCO linebacker who plans to visit Kentucky, and some new 2016 BBN offers.

Three-star DE Close to Decision? Darius Fullwood told AllWildcats this week that he's close to making his college decision. The three-star defensive end from Maryland wants to make a decision by the end of June, but it could come sooner. Fullwood (6-5, 245) wants to visit Michigan State, Ohio State, Boston College and UK before making his verbal. The biggest news with him is that the Buckeyes are no longer considered the outright favorite as previously reported. The Cats could have a bigger chance than some believe

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JUCO LB to Visit UK: Orange Coast College (Texas) linebacker Caleb Potter is planning to visit Kentucky in July. The 6-foot, 220-pound sophomore is slated to visist Texas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State leading up to his trip to Lexington. Asked about his interest in UK, Potter said: "Coach (Vince) Marrow and I have talked a few times about me coming for a visit. The coaches want me to come up there and see how I like the campus. They like my size for the inside linebacker position." According to Potter, the UK staff likes his combination of size and speed at the ‘Mike' spot. He said he's eager to get a long look at UK's strength and conditioning program and learning more about the history of the program when he visits UK. He currently lists a Top 10, including: Ole Miss, Ohio State, Texas State, Texas Tech, Kansas, LSU, USC, Florida State, Washington State and Oklahoma State. He said a successful visit to UK could get the Cats a spot on that list. Eligibility-wise, he'll be a sophomore with three years to play two.

Kentucky Leads for Peach WR: Harris County (Ga.) High School wide receiver Tae Crowder tells AllWildcats the Cats have taken the lead in his recruitment. Crowder (6-1, 183) has offers from Cincinnati, UAB, Marshall, Jacksonville, Troy, Georgia State and Kentucky. He's been swamped with letters from the Cats. "I didn't count how many letters the Kentucky staff sent me, but I just respect the mad love they're showing me," he said. He noted UK is recruiting him harder than any other school, but also thinks some other SEC programs are warming up to him. "Nearly all the SEC schools are sending me mail now, but haven't offered me yet," he said. He plans to visit UK next month for camp on June 7 or 8. He does not have a timetable for a decision.

Running Back Talks Cats: Three-star Pearl-Cohn (Tenn.) High School running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn talked to AllWildcats this week about his recent offer: "I kind of was expecting the Kentucky offer. I noticed during one of our practices a UK coach was watching me work out. I haven't talked to one of the coaches at this time, but I'm planning to contact them soon. I'm definitely planning to visit Kentucky this summer." Vaughn (5-10, 207) does not list a favorite at this time. He says playing time and education will be two of the most important factors in his eventual decision. The 2015 prospect is also hearing from Arkansas, Auburn, Louisville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and UCLA, among others.

Legion of McDoom: West Orange (Fla.) High School sophomore Eddie McDoom says he plans to visit Kentucky after picking up an offer recently from the Cats. The Sunshine State prospect said he didn't expect the offer to come so soon, but likes what he's heard about Neal Brown and the "Air Raid" offense. "I'm definitely visiting them this summer, and Kentucky has moved into my top five with Clemson, Miami, Oregon and Florida State," he said. McDoom (6-0, 171) is familiar with another Florida native on UK's roster, Garrett Johnson, who also played at West Orange. He plans on talking to Johnson about how the offense works and how he is fitting in as a wide receiver in the system. Don't expect anything to develop as far as a decision in the near future. McDoom is just now starting to collect info on his schools of interest. He says he'll be looking closely at both academic and athletic programs at the school, as well as the overall campus environment and the offensive system.

Peach State Sophomore Talks Cats: Archer (Ga.) High School wide receiver Kyle Davis is another 2016 prospect getting early interest from the Cats. He has a nice list of offers already, including Miami, Illinois, Mississippi State, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Wisconsin, Louisville and UK. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound wideout said the offer from the Cats made a strong impression. "I was very excited and grateful of the offer coming from Kentucky," he said. My coach told me about the offer, but didn't say which coach had offered me. I do plan to visit their campus this summer, though. I'm just not sure what date yet." Davis has yet to put together a top five list or name a favorite. He says he's looking for a program that "feels like home" and where he can compete for a starting job as a freshman.

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