As noted in our members section and to our local media, Brandon Landry has left the UK Football team after enrolling and walking on in January. The 5-foot-8 junior college transfer was expected to add speed to the backfield in 2004. Unfortunately, Landry never fit into UK's plans of the future, as his height and frame was not what UK was looking for in a quarterback. Word is, Landry underestimated the ability of current back up Andre Woodson and had a change of heart about whether or not he would get a chance to play.
While we probably wouldn't have seen Landry on the field for more then 5 plays, he would have at least provided a little spark when he came into the game with his lightning fast speed and quickness.
Kentucky is apparently still digging for a junior college quarterback. Word is the staff made a phone call to Joseph Ayoob and hope he might re-consider his commitment, considering the fact California just picked up a verbal commitment from Kyle Reed, whom is the number two quarterback in the country and was recently named to the Elite 11 squad.
Quietly Guy Morriss has put together a very nice start to his recruiting class of 2005. Morriss and his staff have a total of nine commitments and are expecting two more junior college additions to honor their previous commitments. Not bad for the former UK coach and certainly very badly needed after two disappointing recruiting classes in a row.
The best news for Kentucky fans involving Tray Blackmon and Brandon Logan is that all indications seem to point to Georgia being out of there hair sooner rather then later. Having already secured a verbal from linebacker Marcus Washington, the Dawgs will only take at the most, two more verbal commitments at linebacker and appear poised to receive those commitments within the next month or so. Dan Foster and Darius Dewberry, both Georgia natives, look to be the next linebackers to pledge to the SEC East giant. Regardless, unless things go completely sour for Coach Richt, it appears to be a long shot at best for UGA to offer Brandon Logan, whom has long been rumored to be a Georgia Bulldog fan. The longer it plays out, the better for UK and Tray Blackmon
No team is a better example of what UK could become in the future then Maryland. The Terps have seen their football team go from a perennial dormat to one of the premier programs of the future. Recruits appear to have taken notice, as Maryland has realed in 15 commitments for the class of 2005 and have all but covered the Atlantic Coast with commitments as high as Connecticut and as low as Georgia.
As if that run was impressive, Virginia is just 7 commits short of finishing their class off, having already secured 18 verbal commitments by July. An amazing feat for Al Groh and his staff, whom have magically worked their way to the top of the standings of best recruiting staffs in the country.
Speaking of Virginia, running back prospect Shane Brooks could very well be the Cavs next commitment as he has openly expressed his love affair with the ACC school. The Pittsburgh running back loves the fact that UVA is bringing in a lot of lineman and sees himself running behind them for years to come. UK appears to be a longshot at this point, but the good news is Pitt received a commitment from another running back, causing many to speculate they were now out of the running for the talented back.
Billy Stull continues to be more and more interested in UK according to our sources. Apparently Stull has always fancied UK since they were one of the first to offer a scholarship and is excited to see the school for the first time on Monday. The Pittsburgh (PA) native is a four star rated quarterback in TheInsiders' new ratings that recently came out. In an email from his father, he listed UK #1 on his list of favorites.
I have been told that BJ Travers (UK's latest reported scholarship) has geniune interest in UK and actually according to a source close to the situation, says UK is second or third right now in the race, because some of his other favorites haven't offered. Iowa remains the favorite and could get a commitment from Travers when he visits next week.
The most intriguing part about Josh Portis is the fact that the young man would enroll in January after graduating a semester early. Having a freshmen quarterback get the benefit of a spring practice under his belt would be an exceptional opportunity for any school and it makes him an even more highly thought of quarterback. UK's biggest competition will be Washington, for they have made him not only the number one priority, but also the ONLY priority. After Matt Tuiasosopo signed with the Mariners, Washington was late on the recruiting scene with quarterbacks after thinking they didn't need to sign one. They offered Portis early and have decided to put their chips on the young gun-slinger from California.
The best player in the class of 2006 is junior-to-be Jeffrey Adams from Trigg Co. At 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Adams is considered better then his teammate and recent commitment Kenny Ray Turner. Together they form perhaps the best offensive line in the state.
Most of the talk surrounding high school junior quarterbacks in the state revolves around Lexington Catholic junior Justin Burke. Henderson County, however, has a nice quarterback prospect themselves in Will Fiddler. After watching him tear up the Hancock County defense in a recent 7-on-7, I am convinced more then ever that he has the skills to be a player in the future. He has a hitch in his throw and sometimes it costs him, but he definitely has the size and the touch to be a decent division 1A quarterback.
Another guy that caught my eye during the 7-on-7 at Owensboro High School was Tim Wimsatt from Daviess County. Wimsatt is a left hander and sometimes resorts to his natural baseball throw, but is very comparable to Curtis Pulley in a lot of ways with his playmaking ability. He's still very raw and has a lot to learn, but he already has good size to go along with an excellent arm. He just needs to learn the quarterback position better.
You can all but write down that the race for Brandan Wright will be decided between UofL and UK. Wright wants to lead on the media that his affinity for UK when he was younger, won't matter in his decision process, but make no mistake about it, the youngster from Brentwood Academy definitely has favoritism towards the Cats and Cards. Wright's love for Pitino will be tested against his love for the school of Kentucky in the end. There is no telling at this point which way he is leaning.
Of course the NBA seems to be the most likely destination, but it will still make for one heck of a recruiting battle and story.
Kentucky made a huge mistake in not allowing Charles Jackson to play both sports. Jackson, a 6'7 prospect, has played some very good basketball of late in some of the camps this summer and has impressed a lot of scouts with his work ethic and mobility for his size. He is a four star recruit in football and apparently Georgia's number one priority for basketball. He's definitely proved himself in basketball and the fact UK did not offer him a chance to play with Tubby's Cats turned him off after UK offered so early in the process. Jackson is reportedly a UK basketball fan and would have considered heading to UK if they would have given him some attention in both sports and not just football.
Incoming freshmen Collin Cowgill from Henry Clay High School was named Mr. Baseball in the state of Kentucky. Cowgill will enroll in the fall and attempt to help bring UK to the forefront in baseball.