Lamar Dawson, the state's top player and Mr. Football, was believed to be down to Tennessee and Kentucky, though Dawson never stated himself that was the case. Dawson also considered Oregon, USC and Central Florida in his top five schools. Most rumors over the weekend stated he would pick Tennessee, but Kentucky seemed quietly confident they would land the four-star linebacker.
Unfortunately for those SEC schools, Dawson went another direction and picked the Southern California Trojans. The decision was rather surprising, but Lane Kiffin and his staff made a great pitch and it appeared that Dawson just wanted out of the state of Kentucky.
Another player who's leaving the state is Jon Davis. Davis, a four-star tight end committed to Kentucky well over a year ago, but there was question about how solid that commitment was for months. In the end, Davis appeared to be leaning towards the Louisville Cardinals. But there was another school involved.
Ron Zook's Illinois Fighting Illini picked up the Eastern prospect in somewhat a surprising decision, but Davis had no significant ties to the state of Kentucky and felt like he was better off in Champaign, continuing his education and his football career.
Three other players are mulling over options as well before making decisions soon.
Former Louisville commit Jerrell Moore is considering the Cardinals and the Central Florida as well. Moore had his offer pulled last month, but now the offer is back on the table. Moore is expected to make his announcement on Friday.
Also expected to make a decision on Friday is Seneca quarterback DaMarcus Smith. Smith is making a decision between Louisville, who he remains softly committed to and also Central Florida. It's unknown what Smith will do, but his addition will be a big pickup for either team.
Darrian Miller – 6-6 275 OT – signed with Kentucky
DeVante Parker – 6-3 190 WR – signed with Louisville
Zach West – 6-5 290 OL – signed with Kentucky
Jamon Brown – 6-4 300 DT – signed with Louisville
Jalen Harrington – 6-3 215 ATH – signed with Louisville
Forisse Hardin – 6-1 195 ATH – signed with Indiana
Daylen Hall – 5-9 190 DB – signed with Kentucky
Marcoreyon Tandy – 6-0 190 ATH – signed with Kentucky
John Wallace – 5-10 185 K – signed with Louisville
Mitchell Henry – 6-5 240 TE – signed with Western Kentucky
Treran Brown – 6-4 270 OL – signed with Miami University (Oh.)
Troy Timmerman – 6-4 240 DE – signed with Air Force
Josh Forrest – 6-4 200 WR – signed with Kentucky
Nick Bennett – 6-2 276 OL - signed with Army
Ryan Smith – 6-1 310 DL – signed with Navy
Matt Green – 6-2 225 K – signed with Oklahoma State
Conner Hempel - 6-3 190 QB – signed with Harvard
Kal Prince – 6-3 190 QB – signed with Columbia
LaMont McMurry – 5-9 187 RB – signed with Tennessee-Martin
Branden Cresap – 6-1 180 QB – signed with Lindsey-Wilson
Zack Templin – 6-5 300 OL – signed with Lindsey-Wilson
Christian Duncan – 5-11 180 RB – signed with Murray State
Robert Olive – 6-4 290 OL – signed with Murray State
Tre Powell - 5-9 170 ATH - Murray State
Deno Montgomery - 5-11 185 ATH - Eastern Kentucky
Erico Smith - 6-1 200 ATH - Lindsey-Wilson
Andrew Polson - 6-6 240 DE - Georgetown College