Joker Phillips has always been known as a recruiter, so there's no secret that he's going to pull out all the stops and work hard to get the best possible players on campus. Here are a few players who visited Lexington over the last several weeks.
Bob Jones High (Al.) wide receiver Collins Moore has already been on campus for a visit this spring. Moore is 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. He is an expert at going up and getting the jump ball and is a deep threat at the next level. Moore is high on Kentucky, Ole Miss, Auburn and LSU.
Saginaw (Mi.) receiver DeAnthony Arnett is one of the top rated receivers in the country, possibly the best. Arnett visited Kentucky this spring and has listed Kentucky pretty high among his overall list. There's nothing that Arnett doesn't excel at on the field and he will be a sought after prospect.
Eilar Hardy, from Pickering Ohio, is one of the top defensive backs regionally and in the nation. Hardy covers well and he knows how to come up and make the hit. Hardy visited Kentucky late in the winter and enjoyed a good visit with Wildcats. The Wildcats rate fairly high on Hardy's list, but an Ohio State type offer could swing him in that direction.
Arguably the best player in Kentucky is Boyle County's Lamar Dawson. Dawson has visited Kentucky in the past and will likely visit Kentucky more in the future. Dawson is the best linebacker prospect from the state since Micah Johnson. He has offers from several schools including Kentucky, Cincinnati, Louisville, Michigan and others.
Cincinnati defensive lineman Jesse Hayes is one of the top players in Ohio and is a strong candidate to come in and become a contributor in Lexington if he picks the Wildcats. Hayes has quickness and a good frame to build on coming to the next level. He's already visited Kentucky previously and his father and Rock Oliver are former colleagues with the Bengals.
Zach West, a Lexington Christian Academy (Ky.) prospect, has been on campus several times. On one of these visits this spring, West actually received his official offer from the Wildcats. West is a strong, aggressive player with offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati and Penn State. He could make his final decision sometime this summer.
Milan, Tennessee was good to Kentucky last year as they received a commitment from linebacker Avery Williamson. One of his teammates also holds a UK offer. Christian Coleman, a 6-foot-3, 260 pound lineman, could be close to making a commitment to the Wildcats. He visited Kentucky for Jr. Day. His only other offer right now is from Memphis.
Zack Templin from East Jessamine High (Ky.) is one of the top offensive linemen in the state. Should he receive a Wildcat offer, he's likely going to become a Wildcat. He's visited UK several times. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound tackle is a bit of a sleeper, but his offers will come in the coming months.
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