FBall Recruiting: State Updates -- Kentucky

The latest on each player the Wildcats have offered from each respective state, starting at home with Kentucky.

Brandon Deaderick DE 6'4 245 Elizabethtown
Stars:
Offers: Kentucky, Louisville, Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan State, Cincinnati, North Carolina and N.C. State.

Rob's Take: "Deadericks' recruitment has been pretty quiet for the most part. He took an unofficial visit to UK this summer and looked to have really enjoyed his time in Lexington and with the coaches. He has been known to have always wanted to go to UK and having them be so close to home will definitely be a factor in his decision. My gut feeling here says Kentucky, but if the Cats cannot come up with at least 6-7 wins and a bowl game appearence, UK will be treading water till the end."

Mike Donoghue OL 6'2 293 Covington
Stars:
Offers: Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, Boston College and Cincinnati

Rob's Take: Donoghue's recruitment is an extremely big mystery at this point. The rumbles are that he wants to wait on an offer from Tennessee, but if that does not fall through, he'll most likely end up being a Cardinal or Wildcat, but he continues to talk a lot about Indiana. At this point the Covington Catholic star will more then likely wait out the process if he wants that Volunteer offer, but until then its anyone's guess at this point where he'll end up. What once was considered a lock for a UK commitment has now become a downright battle for his services among the local schools."

Earl Heyman DL 6'4 240 Louisville
Stars:
Offers: Kentucky, Louisville, Boston College, Michigan State, Purdue, Miami of Ohio, Akron, Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky

Rob's Take: "Another in-state battle seems to be brewing for Heyman's services. He currently has a top five that contains only Louisville and UK as teams that have offered. From what we understand, Heyman is a UofL fan and has wanted to attend school there since he was little. He has, however, taken two unofficial visits to UK and has spoken highly of the coaching staff and UK's fan support when he went to Commonwealth Stadium last year for a game. Much like Donoghue this will be an outright battle till the end."

Brandon Logan LB 6'0 200 Lexington
Stars:
Offers: Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Tennessee and Florida

Rob's Take: "The Lexington Catholic star is taking a very long look at Michigan where he could allegedly end up playing along side his cousin James McKinney when all is said and done. One of the top players in the country, Logan's servies will be decided after his visits are done. The Wildcats have a very nice advantage in John Logan, but also familiarity with the program, which he has been apart of the last five years. If Logan does not end up a Wildcat, it would be a very big surprise and a huge disappointment for the staff."

James McKinney DL 6'4 255 Louisville
Stars:
Offers: 40 Offers - Top 14: Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, USC, LSU, Florida, Oregon, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Clemson, Boston College and Cincinnati.

Rob's Take: "The cousin of Brandon Logan is taking his time after committing to Michigan early in the process last summer. McKinney currently has over 40 offers to choose from and could end up anywhere in the country, but word is he wants to stay close to home. Of the 14 schools he has narrowed his choices too, UK and UofL have remained towards the top. While it is still apparent the Cats have some ground to make, the Central High School star's chances of becoming a Wildcat will be determined by his official visit."

Jordan Nevels S/DB 6'0 180 Fort Thomas
Stars:
Offers: Kentucky

Rob's Take: "The overwelming favorite to land Nevels, the Wildcats are currently the only school to offer Nevels and a commitment could come as early as next month. While I don't expect the Fort Thomas Highlands star to not get anymore offers, I do believe that UK will be his biggest school to choose from."

Curtis Pulley ATH 6'4 195 Hopkinsville
Stars:
Offers: Kentucky, Wake Forest, Marshall, Indiana and Louisville

Rob's Take: "Pulley is down to two in Wake Forest and Kentucky. He has friends at UK, including some family members. He is very good friends with current Wildcat Ricky Abren and now that it appears Ricky will play this season and is free of all charges against him, he'll still be on campus if Pulley arrives in the fall of 2005. Contrary to the vibes being given out about his wanting to head to North Carolina and be closer to his family there, I would have to say UK is still the team to beat."

Mike Schwindel DB 6'4 205 Lewisport
Stars:
Offers: Kentucky

Rob's Take: "Yet another mystery in the recruiting world has been the lack of commitment from Michael Schwindel. Nobody really knows why he hasn't committed, but it appears it could be because he is waiting on Louisville and what they want to do. The Lewisport native could lose out with the recent offer to Jordan Nevels and the two newest offers to Alabama safeties Aubrey Bell and Earl Bennett."

Alfonso Smith DB 6'1 180 Louisville
Stars:
Offers: Kentucky, Louisville, Boston College, EKU, Indiana, Miami (OH)

Rob's Take: "It is reportedly a two horse race, much like Curtis Pulley as Boston College and UK will fight it out for his services. Smith likes UK's staff and says they hold a large lead at this point, but he wants to take a look at Boston College and their team before making a decision. "


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