UK Football Recruiting Notebook

Year Two of the Mark Stoops Era at Kentucky is only hours away. And while the Wildcats’ focus has been squarely on their season opener against UT-Martin this week, the staff has also been keeping tabs on dozens of recruiting targets they hope to see at some point in Commonwealth Stadium this season.

Here’s an update on a few of them:

2015 CLASS:

Florence (Ala.) HS linebacker Darius "Dee" Smith (pictured above) tells me he is not entirely certain a commitment could be coming in the next few weeks. The Cats and Cards are the top two choices. 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior talks very highly of the Cats coaching staff. "I really like the coaching staff at UK. They all really talented and know exactly what they're doing to help players reach to the next level." Smith is considered as a three-star on the Scout network.

Kentucky safety commit and Lake Wales (Fla.) defensive back Marcus Walker suffered a broken wrist last week during practice. The staff has told him his offer is still there and to follow what the doctor tells him to do. Walker mentioned he may be ready to play in five weeks. 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior defensive back is actively recruiting his close friend and teammate Josh Dunn to UK. Lake Wales standout is hearing from the Indiana coaches, but is not interested as he is focused on his senior year and coming to Kentucky. Walker is considered as a three-star on the Scout network.

UK offensive line commit George Asafo-Adjei hails from Lakota West HS (OH) is getting significant interest from SEC foe Florida. Does that mean UK fans should be concerned? Asafo-Adjei tells me that he is in the process of signing his financial aid agreement to Kentucky and will be sticking his commitment to UK despite the interest from the Gators. 6-foot-4, 290 pound offensive guard is considered as a three-star on the Scout network.

Yet another Ohio product, UK commit Larry Wells, has decided not to enroll early. He mentions that he only gets one senior year in life and that he wanted to enjoy it. The Kenton HS massive (6'8, 310) offensive lineman is consider as a three-star on the Scout network.

The lone Kentucky cornerback commit in the Cats 2015 class Kei Beckham also will not be enrolling early at UK. 5-foot-11, 172 pound defensive back mentions it was too late for him to become a early enrollee as he would needed to take summer classes this past summer to become early enrollee in this recruiting class. Trotwood Madison HS (OH) senior is looking forward to becoming officially a Kentucky Wildcat. Beckham is considered as a three-star on the Scout network.

2016 RECRUITING CLASS:

Lake Wales (Fla.) cornerback Josh Dunn has become very interested in Kentucky since having talks with his teammate and UK commit Marcus Walker. Dunn only offer comes from FAU, but mentioned the Cats are already in his top three with N.C. State and FAU. 6-foot-0, 190 pound junior prospect hopes to visit Kentucky this season for a game and if offered UK may be in the driver seat in his recruitment. He is currently not rated on the Scout network.

Farmington (Mich.) HS stud wide out Desmond Fitzpatrick is high on Kentucky recruiting board. Fitzpatrick was one of the standouts this summer during one of UK's June camps. Coach Mark Stoops personally greeted Fitzpatrick at the camp. This left a huge impression on the four-star prospect, but also left a lasting impression on his father who is the wide receiver coach at Farmington HS. The impression was so huge the father and son will be joined by Fitzpatrick mother this time as the three plan to visit Kentucky potentially soon after the Notre Dame visit on September 6th. The electric 6-foot-1, 187 pound wide out is in no rush on making his commitment.

Bradenton (Fla.) stud cornerback Saivion Smith recruitment is about to explode after his stellar performance this past week when IMG Academy hosted the uber-talented Godby HS. Smith father gave us some insight on his son interest in Kentucky. "I think Coach (Derrick) Ansley is one the best coaches in the business. UK is up and coming program in a tough conference. They play a top notch competition every week." Smith father also mentions his son reminds him of a current cat. "UK always have a nice size defensive back. J.D. Harmon reminds me of my son (Saivion). I like Harmon a lot." Smith recruitment is in early process, but him and his father are looking forward to their visit to UK.


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