The Big Blue did take a positive step in the 2018 recruiting cycle with one of their top targets in three-star Dayton (Ohio) Wayne defensive end Alex Reigelsperger.
One of the staff's major targets in the junior class, Reigelsperger was among a handful of prospects who were on hand at Commonwealth Stadium.
“I love it there. I love the campus, facilities, and environment so much - I really do,” Reigelsperger said. “I talked to all the coaches on the staff before the game. I didn't stay to talk to them after the loss. My visit was an 8. Would be a 10, but they lost.”
Reigelsperger plans to visit many schools this fall, including Penn State, Temple, Florida, Minnesota, Michigan, Stanford, Texas A&M, among others. But his first visit to Kentucky was a major success and the Wildcats still hold the lead within his recruitment by a large margin.
“Kentucky does stand very high with me, but my recruitment is still open to any and many schools," he said. "They are my leader as of now just because the coaches and the new training facility. With a solid season and a bowl game would make them much higher on my board, but the coaches and new facilities and everything really helps."
One of the factors that made Reigelsperger’s visit such a home run was his prior contact with Kentucky’s coaching staff, mainly tight ends coach Vince Marrow and head coach Mark Stoops. On Thursday morning when 2018 prospects were able to start hearing from college coaches. Reigelsperger says that Kentucky was one of the first to reach out to him.
“Coach Marrow, Coach (Jimmy) Brumbaugh and Coach Stoops contacted me," he said. "We mostly talk about how I could help the program in the future, along with helping recruiting in the 2018 class and what position I would play there. Our relationship is really good, we talk every week and there always real with me, a real good coach to player relationship.”
A return visit to Lexington has been discussed as a possibility for the Wayne High School standout on September 17th when the Wildcats take on New Mexico State.