Lentz-crafting: 'Cats Eye Next QB

The Kentucky coaching staff got out of the gates quickly by offering two standout quarterbacks out-of-state in hopes of possibly garnering improbable pick-ups in Charlie Russell and Nick Fanuzzi.

Russell, who played at nearby Morgantown (WVa.) HS, was offered by Kentucky at the earliest possible time allowed by NCAA rules in October of 2005 but chose the hometown Mountaineers over the Wildcats last month.

Fanuzzi, the son of former Kentucky great Mike Fanuzzi, chose Miami (Fla.) after taking an unofficial visit there in late March.

With the two prospects off the board, the Kentucky staff has shifted their attention to their other options; mainly 6-foot-3, 205 pound Matt Lentz from Greenville HS in Greenville (SC).

Although that UK has 'technically' offered two quarterbacks to date - 6-foot-3, 195 pound Danny Dembry from Herford County in Ahoskie (NC) is projected as an athlete at the next level - the Palmetto state gunslinger is the only one that is penciled in at quarterback.

Lentz, whom Kentucky has been recruiting the longest and the hardest to date, is arguably the Wildcats top target for the summer months.

"He's very, very mobile," Greenville coach Jim Sosebee said. "He has very good arm strength and makes good decisions."

Rating comparably to former Greenville gunslinger Jordan Sorrells, whom the Wildcats recruited heavily two years ago, Lentz is an accurate thrower who can get outside on the bootleg and 'spin it' on the run. Unlike his former counterpart in Sorrells, however, Lentz possesses an attractive build at 6-foot-3, but even more impressive athleticism.

"(Kentucky) offered sometime in March when they called my coach," Lentz said, "and he is the one that told me they offered."

Last season in his first year at quarterback, the senior-to-be threw for 3,642 yards and 44 touchdowns in helping lead Greenville to another successful season under head coach Sosebee. He also rushed for 785 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Among the favorite targets of Lentz was national record breaking wide receiver and Kentucky signee, Lamarckus Boswell.Although the Wildcats are anticipating that Boswell probably won't make it to campus because of academics, the relationship could help pave the way to Lexington.

UK will have the first opportunity to pull in Lentz this summer, as Greenville HS and coach Sosebee will be heading to Lexington for the annual passing tournament in June.

The 205 pound, Lentz, was recently offered by Nebraska and is expected to see more offers come his way once the quarterback commitment floodgates open up sometime this summer.

"I just want to see the other options I have," Lentz told Scout.com. "I am hearing from Nebraska, Penn State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and a lot of the ACC and SEC schools."

Kentucky has also offered teammate David Smith, who has verbally committed to Clemson after garnering an early offer from coach Tommy Bowden and his staff in early October.

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