UK Recruiting Roundup

The Wildcats go Junior College shopping and land Defensive End; Georgia OL sets visit date to UK; Moncell Allen's teammate gaining interest from Wildcats at two different positions; Another QB garners an offer from Brooks & Co.

Cats add Junior College DE

A report in the Ukiah Daily Journal, indicates the Wildcats have landed a junior college transfer in 24-year old J.D. Craigman (6'4 245) from Miami (Fla.).

Jo'Dane Craigman
"He's a tremendously coachable athlete," said Mendocino head coach Thomas Gang to the Ukiah Daily Journal. "He'll do whatever you tell him to do. Kentucky believes they'll be able to produce something really good from him."

Craigman, whom has only been playing organized football for 1.5 years, is currently one of the state's top defensive lineman, recording 12 sacks in six games.

"J.D.'s 6-4 and as strong as anything," he said in the report. "Since he's been here, he's worked daily on getting bigger and stronger and faster. When he goes to the next level, he has a lot of work to do. He's a raw, untapped athlete."

Cats offer new QB prospect

Scott Tolzien (Toll-Zeen), a 6-foot-2, 185-pound, quarterback, from Palatine (Ill.) Fremd, landed an offer from the Wildcats recently.

Tolzien threw for 1,998 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, helping him to garner three additional scholarships to date from Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Toledo. Wisconsin and Purdue are calling according to his latest report.

"I don't have any of my official visits set. I know I'm going to visit Kentucky for sure. I don't much about Kentucky but I heard it's very nice down there. I've been to most of my favorites on unofficial visits and I still can't name a leader."

LaCoste Finds New Home

Lance LaCoste (6'2 185) has been adjusting to his newfound location since Hurricane Katrina forced his family to move.

"I'm at St. Mary's now in Natchitoches (La.) along wiht some of my old teammates," LaCoste stated. "Moncell (Allen) is in North Carolina and is doing well."

As for his recruitment, LaCoste has seen more teams come into the picture and even more decisions to come about where he'll want to play in college.

"I still have offers from Northwestern and Vanderbilt," LaCoste said. "Louisiana-Monroe has come into the picture; they are looking at me for quarterback. Memphis has started recruiting me at quarterback. Kentucky and Indiana are recruiting me as an athlete, both receiver and quarterback."

ATH Lance LaCoste
The Cats have been non-committal about a scholarship offer still, hoping to see more highlights from his senior year.

"They all said, ‘finish up highlight tape from this year,' and send it out," LaCoste answered. "Most are sayin' that they'll offer once they get to see the tape."

LaCoste previously said that he would be open to playing any position at college, but the recent move to quarterback has made him desire playing under center in the future. LaCoste had 48 catches for 1,017 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior at wide receiver.

"I wanna see what happens with quarterback," LaCoste added. "I wanna play Quarterback at the next level."

LaCoste intends on visiting Kentucky, as well as Indiana, Northwestern and Vanderbilt.

Ga. OL Sets Visit Date to UK

The Wildcats offered Temple (Ga.) prospect John George a scholarship in September and have been in close contact with his coach, according to the 6-foot-4, 280 pounder.

"They've been calling school a bunch and talking with my coach," George said. "He told me that they have offered and that they are looking forward to me visiting in November for the Tennessee game."

George is undecided as to if he wants to make it an official visit or not, but says regardless, he'll be making a trip to Lexington. George has recently traveled across the Southeast each passing week taking in games. From Alabama to Georgia, George has seen a few games.

"I'm just waiting on some of those schools to get involved before I get serious about recruiting. I wanna see what my options are."

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