Heading into Spring Practice, offers have already been extended and confirmed to in-state prospects Brandon Logan, Earl Heyman, James McKinney, Michael Schwindel, Maurice Grinter, Cory Zirbel, and Curtis Pulley.
Logan, from Lexington, seems to be the Cats #1 priority as far as in-state prospects are concerned. His tremendous speed has brought many top schools to Lexington Catholic to see the young man in person. Prior to his sophomore season, Logan won the "Smokehouse Award" at Michigan's summer camp for being the fastest linebacker. That credential has led to early scholarship offers from Kentucky, Michigan, Louisville, and Tennessee. Although early speculation has Logan linked with out-of-state schools, Kentucky should remain a player till the end because of his close relationship with brother John Logan, a freshmen wide reciever at UK.
McKinney, from Central High School in Louisville, has recieved many early offers from the elite schools across the country because of how well he moves with his 6'4 255 pound frame. McKinney, who could be slated for a variety of positions, is a college recruiters dream Defensive Tackle prospect and should continue to attract some top offers heading into the fall. Once a Michigan verbal, McKinney holds early offers from Kentucky, Michigan, Louisville, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.
Schwindel, from Hancock County in Lewisville, recieved a surprise offer from Coach Brooks and staff a couple weeks ago. The talented safety/wide reciever prospect moves very well for his tall 6'5 frame. Kentucky coaches hope that the early offer will help to sway him towards playing college football instead of college basketball, where he is a solid prospect.
Grinter, from Fairdale High School in Louisville, is a talented athlete that can play a variety of positions at the collegiate level. He moved to running back his final five games of the year and scampered for 1,200 yards. College coaches love his size and his quickness, but also his flexibility to play anywhere on the field. Kentucky is his first and only offer, but after a summer camping across the country, the secret should be out on Fairdale's finest.
Zirbel, is a talented offensive line prospect from Murray. The 6'7 305 prospect has often been compared to UK's 2004 commitment in Micah Jones. With offensive line, a need-area again for Kentucky, his early commitment will be extremely important.
Earl Heyman is from Ballard High School in Louisville. Heyman was a First Team AP All-State honoree as a junior and 2nd Team All-State by the Louisville Courier-Journal. He moves very well at his 6'4 240 pound body and has the frame to put on a lot of weight and become a defensive tackle prospect. Kentucky is his first and only offer at this point, but more are to come for the talented athlete.
Curtis Pulley, an athlete from Hopkinsville, has been offered according to a source close to the situation. Although nothing has been confirmed by Pulley himself, the Cats have apparently decided to give Pulley a chance to play linebacker in Archer's defensive schemes. The 6'4 200 pound prospect has the intangibles to play quarterback or safety at his current size, but the staff feels they can add the weight to move him to linebacker. Without a doubt, Pulley is Kentucky's finest prospect and perhaps the best athlete to come out of the state since Michael Bush.