Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips and linebacker coach Chuck Smith were both visible — and busy — Saturday in Louisville watching the Scout.com combine that attracted 240 players from Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Michigan and Missouri.
The players got to show off their speed, strength and agility for various college coaches, including head coaches Bobby Petrino of Louisville and John L. Smith of Michigan State, at the three-hour workout on the University of Louisville campus.
One player who has verbally committed to Kentucky, Indiana defensive lineman Jeff Boyd, was among those at the combine. Boyd, who plays at powerhouse Indianapolis Warren Central, also had several of his teammates there who drew the attention of many coaches, including Smith and Phillips. Boyd continues to draw more and more attention since making his commitment to UK, but he said Saturday that he still intended to sign with the Cats. His coach, Steve Tutsie, also said Boyd has made "amazing" academic progress recently.
Running back Darren Evans of Warren Central had his "best day running" according to Tutsie and could soon find a scholarship offer from Kentucky to go with others he also has. And remember the name Edward Hazelett. He's a 6-8 sophomore-to-be from Warren Central who already has a scholarship offer from Arkansas. The tight end looks more like a junior now and his size and speed certainly could make him a Kentucky target soon.
Offensive linemen Brad Durham of Rockcastle County and Chase Dumphord of Paris both got scrutiny from the Kentucky and Louisville coaches. Durham ran the 40-yard dash in 5.66 seconds and Dumphord in 5.81. However, both were running into a strong head wind when I watched them that was increasing everyone's time.
Receiver Wes Caldwell of Lexington Catholic, who has offers from New Mexico State and Troy, seemed to run well and could have improved his stock with UK as did Henderson County running back-cornerback Antoine Lightfoot who had a best time of 4.45 in the 40.
One player Kentucky hopes to stay involved with is St. Xavier running back Victor Anderson. He's given a verbal commitment to West Virginia but attended UK's spring game after that. He ran the 40 in 4.47 seconds — into the wind as did Lightfoot — and looked superb.
Two big linemen from Chicago Hubbard High School — Jordan Brown and Keith Otis — also got a lot of attention and are on UK's recruiting list.
Scout.com should have plenty of photos and workout results to share as the full Scout.com national staff was out early and working to get information from every player. Various high school coaches at the combine praised the organization of the workout and the facilities at Louisville are superb.
KSR's Rob Gidel was shaking hands and making contacts that should result in more of those recruiting insights, too. And never question how well Gidel knows the state's coaches and recruits. He seemed to know them all as well as most of the Scout. com database.
Myself, I just enjoyed watching the young talent on display thanks to Scout.com's effort.