Varsity Preps’ Bluegrass State Report Edition III
- Updated: July 26, 2013
Welcome to the third edition of Varsity Preps’ Bluegrass State Report. In this edition, I’ll discuss the underrated players in the state of Kentucky, and UK top targets in the 2014 class and 2015 class.
There are several players in the state of Kentucky that are underrated. In my opinion, the following players are: Davion Jackson, Dajuan Kincade, Houston Sparkman, Cannon Jackson, Dalton Frasure, and Lamarius Kinslow.
Davion Jackson (5’11, 180, 2014) plays at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky. He is projected to be a running back on the college level. He’ll be camping at West Virginia this weekend. Jackson mentioned his frontrunner. “My favorite is Kentucky because I like their fast paced offense.” No timetable on his college decision.
Dajuan Kincade (5’9, 165, 2014) plays at Fern Creek Traditional High School in Louisville, Kentucky. He is projected as a cornerback at the college level. He did mentioned the programs he would like to visit. “I would like to visit Louisville, Western Kentucky, and Kentucky.”
Houston Sparkman ( 6’0, 250, 2015) plays at Louisville Male High School. He recently attended Kentucky’s Friday Night Lights camp. He was told by the coaching staff to send them game film after the season starts. He was invited to see a game or visit next year’s spring game. Sparkman has no Top 5 or favorites and would like to have his decision made by the end of his junior year.
Cannon Jackson (6’2, 205, 2015) plays at Louisville Trinity High School. He will be projected as a safety at the college level. Western Kentucky and Kentucky are the two programs recruiting him the hardest, but he has no favorites. His Top 4 is Louisville, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Kentucky, in no particular order. He would like to take in games at Louisville, Ohio State, and Tennessee. No timetable on making his college decision.
Dalton Frasure (6’3, 210, 2016) plays at Prestonburgh High School in Prestonburgh, Kentucky. He has attended Western Kentucky, Kentucky and was invited to Georgia camp. Frasure is being recruited hardest by Princeton and Kentucky. Kentucky is his favorite and would like to make his college decision at the end of his senior year.
Lamarius Kinslow (6’1, 216, 2016) plays at Fern Creek Traditional High School. He plays running back, wide receiver and linebacker. Kinslow hasn’t heard from any schools yet.
Kentucky 2014 Targets in Offensive Line, Wide Reciever, Defensive Line
— Nick Richardson plays at Westerville Central in Westerville, Ohio. His finalists are Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Vanderbilt recently landed an offensive lineman and many believe his recruitment should end very soon. I believe Richardson will be a Kentucky Wildcat.
— Brady Taylor plays at Bishop Ready in Columbus, Ohio. He will make his decision Monday night at 7 pm. His finalists are West Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Kentucky. He was hanging out with the Kentucky commits this past weekend. I have felt confident before and now that Taylor will be a Kentucky Wildcat.
— Garrett Johnson plays at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida. He was at Kentucky’s FNL camp this past weekend. According to reports, Garrett did not impress the coaching staff during camp. With the emergence of Dorian Baker and likelihood of adding Moral Stephens, Johnson is considered a back up plan if Kentucky loses out on Braxton Berrios, Moral Stephens, Dorian Baker, or Josh Malone.
— Braxton Berrios plays at Leesville High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Berrios is Kentucky’s main target at the wide receiver position. He’s highly regarded and has offers from Ohio State, Miami and Notre Dame. Berrios stayed roughly four days in Lexington this past weekend and the visit went very well. He’s going to Ohio State’s FNL camp this weekend. Kentucky is still in great shape to gain his commitment.
— Blake Bone plays at Woodruff High School in Woodruff, South Carolina. Bone is a tall receiver that Kentucky wants, but him not visiting with the other WR targets this past weekend may have cost himself a scholarship offer. I believe Kentucky will take either him or Moral Stephens, whoever commits first. Kentucky will not take both recruits because the staff is being selective to fill the need of a tall receiver. A couple of weeks ago I felt good about Kentucky’s chances landing Bone, but now I’m not so sure. He plans to make a decision next month and I expect he’ll select South Carolina.
— Moral Stephens plays at Taylor County High School in Perry, Florida. He was in attendance at Kentucky’s FNL camp. He was able to talk to the coaches and everything he was told, he liked. Stephens likes Kentucky’s Air Raid offense and likes the idea of being used as a wide receiver or tight end. He left Kentucky’s campus close to committing, but wanted to talk to his parents. In the end, I believe he will take Blake Bone’s spot and commit to Kentucky.
— Dorian Baker plays at Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Baker impressed the coaches at Kentucky’s Friday Night Lights Camp, earning an offer. Kentucky is now the favorite and I fully expect him commit to UK in the near future.
— Matt Elam plays at John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Elam is Kentucky No. 1 target on the defensive line. New schools have entered his recruitment: Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Tennessee. His favorites are Alabama and Kentucky,with UK having a slight edge. He was on Kentucky’s campus last weekend hanging out with other Kentucky commits. I believe he will be a Kentucky Wildcat.
Kentucky 2015 Targets in Safety, Running Back, Quarterback, Tight End, Offensive Line
— JarMarkus Sims plays at Dothan High School in Dothan, Alabama. He camped at Kentucky in April and thought of committing. After the visit he, backed off and wanted to wait to see what other schools enter his recruitment. Sims only has the lone offer from Kentucky, but he’s garnering interest from Auburn, Alabama, and Florida State. Kentucky is still his favorite at this time.
— Damien Harris plays at Madison Southern High School in Berea, Kentucky. Harris camped at Kentucky’s FNL camp last weekend. This is one of several trips he’s made to Lexington since the new staff was hired. He tweeted recently “Ohio State and Michigan are my leaders.” However with his renewed interest in Kentucky, I believe they’re moving up on his list and should be considered as one of his leaders.
— Elijah Sindelar plays at Caldwell County High School in Princeton, Kentucky. Sindelar is considered the best quarterback in the state of Kentucky in the 2015 class. Sindelar was at Kentucky’s FNL camp this past weekend. Kentucky offered him, but I feel he is not leaning towards the Cats. His dream school is Ohio State, but they have yet to offer him. He’s planning on camping at Ohio State this weekend.
— Jarrett Stidham plays at Stephenville High School in Stephenville, Texas. He was born in Kentucky and lived in Corbin where he still has family. He moved from Richmond, Kentucky to Texas at the age of eight. Kentucky offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Neal Brown was the first coach to start recruiting him while he was coach at Texas Tech. Stidham has built a close relationship with Coach Brown and was at Kentucky’s FNL camp this past weekend. He grew up a Kentucky Wildcats fan and currently owns an offer from UK. Kentucky has slight edge here and in the end I feel confident he will be signing with the Cats.
— Kalen Whitlow plays at Prattville High School in Pratville, Alabama. He is the younger brother of current quarterback at Kentucky Jalen Whitlow. He has yet to be offered by Kentucky, but if he were, he would commit on the spot. He has visited Kentucky multiple times and loves what they have to offer.
— Jalen Harris plays at St. James School in Montgomery, Alabama. Harris camped at Kentucky’s Friday Night Lights camp last weekend and earned himself a scholarship offer from the staff. This was his second offer, Southern Mississippi being his first. He is garnering interest from Auburn, Georgia Tech, and Alabama. I believe Kentucky has a slight edge in his recruitment at this time.
— George Brown plays at Winton Woods in Cincinnati, Ohio. Brown is one of the more sought after recruits in the entire nation with 25+ offers. He is the cousin of Kentucky verbal commit Mike Edwards. Kentucky will have to battle the big boys to land him, but I think in the end he will want to play with his cousin and will be a Kentucky Wildcat.