All you need to know about the last week in UK football recruiting (3/28)

Justin Rowland, Publisher
Cats Illustrated

Wondering what's been going on in the world of Kentucky football recruiting?

This exhaustive rundown should catch you up to speed on everything that's happened recently.

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Jarren Williams visited Florida and landed an offer from the Gators.

Kentucky's Class of 2018 quarterback commitment is still a red-hot prospect in the recruiting world. He's landed offers from South Carolina, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, LSU and now Florida. The offer from the Gators coincided with Williams' trip to Gainesville.

Williams is still saying he's solid with the Cats but he has also said that the Gators have an appealing situation. We had more on the strength of Williams' commitment and the impact of Florida's offer in our Monday football recruiting notes. And if you missed what Williams said following his earlier trip to LSU and the Tigers' offer, click here for a slightly more dated but still-relevant update.

UK hosted California recruits Michael Wilson and Parks Gissinger on unofficial visits on Saturday.

Michael Wilson is a Rivals250 prospect and one of the west coast's top wide receivers. His teammate at West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, three-star defensive end Parks Gissinger, is also a coveted prospect in his own right.

Why did they visit Kentucky over the weekend? Rehash your memory or learn more about that by reading what we wrote about their connection to Kentucky last week. One player has a family connection to a Kentucky assistant while the other is originally from the Midwest.

We spoke with Gissinger following his visit to Kentucky and you can read the full update here. Gissinger thought it was interesting, and fascinating, to be in the middle of the Big Blue Nation during the spectacle of March Madness, even as a football prospect.


West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West prospects and Kentucky targets Tyler Bentley and Xavier Peters both landed offers from Alabama.

Lakota West has been a reliable pipeline for Kentucky's football program in recent years, sending players like Kyle Meadows, Mikel Horton, George Asafo-Adjei and Kayaune Ross to Lexington. So if you've been optimistic about Kentucky's chances with Bentley, a defensive lineman, and Peters, a linebacker, you can be forgiven.

All signs are that Kentucky's in good shape with both players, but they also both just picked up offers from Alabama. That could be an interesting variable. Time will tell how much impact the Tide's offer makes on both players, and they'll both likely need to visit Tuscaloosa at some point. It's not clear how much of a priority both players, or either player, is for Nick Saban yet.

Kentucky also hosted Xenia (Ohio) wide receiver Meechi Harris on an unofficial visit.

Harris is one of the Midwest's top receivers and one of the most explosive players in the Buckeye State. His rise in the recruiting world started a little later than it did for some, but he's quickly become regarded as a very good prospect. Kentucky offered later than some but not too late.

Vince Marrow convinced Harris to visit over the weekend. While Harris was in Lexington, Marrow made the case that he can fill a valuable need area for the Cats.

Also: More on visitors from the weekend.


Brian Asamoah postponed his decision, which had been planned for April.

The timing of Asamoah's postponement is interesting. Optimists will point to the fact that Asamoah had put together a list of six favorites and had set an April decision date before his trip to Kentucky this month. Furthermore, Asamoah told Cats Illustrated, after that trip, that the visit would probably prompt him to shake up his leaderboard and that he was less sure of his plans for an April decision.

Is Asamoah's postponement and change of plans all about Kentucky? Probably not, but it's good news for Kentucky that those earlier plans are changing. Even if this was expected, it means that Kentucky is much more of a viable contender for one of Ohio's top athletes and linebackers than before.

Kentucky offered three-generation program legacy Zeke Correll.

Kentucky football is a family tradition to the Corrells and he's a third-generation legacy with a mother who attended UK and a brother, a father and a grandfather who played football for the Cats. He's only a 2019 prospect, so the immediate significance of this isn't as great, but given those family ties UK's offer to the 2019 offensive guard is a major development.

Read our full update on Correll following his offer from Kentucky and his most recent trip to Lexington.

The Cats also offered D'Andre Ragin and Deuntra Hyman.

Ragin is a sleeper outside linebacker from Miami, Fla., and Hyman is more of a well-known prospect as a top defensive end from Mississippi. Eddie Gran and Derrick LeBlanc draw the primary recruiting assignments here.

Read today's update on Kentucky's most recent football offers.

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