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Varsity Preps’ Bluegrass State Report Edition IV

Welcome to the fourth edition of Varsity Preps’ Bluegrass State Report. In this edition, I’ll discuss several underrated players in the state of Kentucky, what I think the 2014 class will look like, and UK targets in the 2015 class.

There are numerous players in the state of Kentucky that are underrated. In my opinion, a handful of those players are: Emory Thompson, Jmaurion Dunn, Yomajesty Warfield, Marcellis Means, and Nick Morris.

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Emory Thompson (5’10, 165, 2014) plays at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky. He plays CB/QB for his team and led the entire state last season in interceptions at CB. Thompson holds 2 offers from Centre and Georgetown College, but has no favorites. He’ll make his college decision next spring.

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Jmaurion Dunn (6’0, 198, 2014) plays at Paul Laurence Dunbar in Lexington, Kentucky. Dunn plays FB & OLB. He is garnering interest from Lindsey Wilson and he also named his Top 4, in no particular order: Lindsey Wilson, Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, and Georgetown. He’ll make his decision after this upcoming season.

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Yomajesty Warfield (5’9, 180, 2015) plays at Fern Creek Tradition High School in Louisville, Kentucky. He lines up at ILB & OLB at Fern Creek. The entire Fern Creek Traditional team will be camping at Kentucky Wesleyan for a four-day camp. No schools have contacted him as of yet.

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Marcellis Means (6’1, 165, 2015) plays at Paul Laurence Dunbar in Lexington, Kentucky. He is considered plays WR/CB at his Paul Laurence Dunbar. His favorites are Ohio State and Oregon. He’ll make his decision mid-season.

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Nick Morris (5’5, 155, 2015) plays at Fern Creek Traditional High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Morris plays defensive back. His favorites are Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville, Western Kentucky, Miami Ohio, and Ohio State in no particular order.

UK Recruiting

The Kentucky class is nearly full at this moment with 22 commits. Kentucky can take at least 27 players in this class, maybe even 28. The staff will take two more WR’s, one  OL, one DL, one CB, and one safety. This is what I think the class will look like on NSD next February.

Kentucky 2014 class

Drew Barker (QB)

Mikel Horton (RB)

Stanley Williams (RB)

TV Williams (WR)

Moral Stephens (WR)

Dorian Baker (WR)

Garrett Johnson (WR)

Thaddeus Snodgrass (WR)

Darryl Long (TE)

Nick Richardson (OL)

Marcelys Jones (OL)

Derrick Kelly (OL)

Jarrett LaRubbio (OL)

Tymere Dubose (DE)

Denzel Ware (DE)

Matt Elam (DT)

Adrian Middleton (DT)

Cory Johnson (DT)

Kobie Walker (LB)

Ryan Flannigan (LB)

Dorian Hendrix (LB)

Nico Firios (LB)

Marshon Lattimore (CB)

Shyquawn Pullium (CB)

Jared Tucker (CB)

Mike Edwards (CB/S)

Darius West (S)

T.J. Harrell (S/LB)

Wonder why I think Moral Stephens, Dorian Baker, T.J. Harrell, and the Glenville, Ohio recruits will be joining this class?

Moral Stephens camped at his Top 2, South Carolina and Kentucky recently. Ironically, Blake Bone finalists are South Carolina and Kentucky as well. Bone is expected to announce this month and some say he is leaning towards Kentucky. I don’t believe that at all, I think he’s going to South Carolina. Reason being, Kentucky isn’t going to take both Stephens and Bone. Stephens is more attractive in this offense because he’s a hybrid WR/TE who can create matchup issues for opposing LBs. Bone is a great player, just not as much of a difference maker as Stephens is. In the end, I believe the staff would rather have Stephens than Bone. Stephens likes the idea of being used as a WR/TE in the Air Raid at Kentucky. I’ve been told by a source he could verbally commit any day and I fully expect him to choose Kentucky.

Dorian Baker  also camped at Kentucky recently and earned an offer after his stellar performance. He mentioned Kentucky being on the top when I talked to him later in the week. I would be shocked if he doesn’t become a Kentucky Wildcat when NSD rolls around.

T.J. Harrell , who I recently interviewed, mentioned Kentucky in his Top 3. He has family on the coaching staff and that can only help Kentucky’s chances with him. Playing in the NFL is appealing to him, and I quote from the interview from him, “Coach Stoops puts a lot of DB’s in the league. He made his mark at Florida State with putting kids in the league. I like that a lot.” I believe this will put Kentucky in a great position to land him. Don’t be shocked if he chooses Kentucky.

Marshon Lattimore and Marcelys Jones  are tougher to read mainly because it’s a touchy subject. Jones is committed to Ohio State while Lattimore remains uncommitted. The Glenville recruits took a bus tour and visited the Kentucky campus. I’ve been told by another source the two loved the visit. Now that doesn’t mean either one is coming, but I believe them being on campus for one is a plus for Kentucky. Second, now that they’ve seen what Kentucky has to offer academically and athletically. With Coach Marrow hitting the Buckeye state hard, I think he will reel this two studs into Kentucky’s class.

Kentucky Targets in the 2015 class

Richard McBryde plays at Henderson High School in Troy, Alabama as a linebacker. He’s close friends with JarMarkus Sims, who I mentioned last week. McBryde has been offered and has interest in Kentucky. It’s too early to predict where he’ll commit to, but I do expect Kentucky be in contention for his commitment.

Sean Hammonds plays at Louisville Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky as a linebacker. He attended two separate camps at  Kentucky recently. He grew up a UK fan and his current favorite is Kentucky. He’s been contacted by the staff, but no offer has been made. If he does get the offer, he will be a Kentucky Wildcat.

Alex Ofodile plays at Rock Bridge High School in Columbus, Missouri as a wide receiver . When I interviewed him, he told me Kentucky was in second place in his recruitment, with Memphis in the lead. Ofodile mentioned that if the Kentucky visit went well, they could move into first place. He did have a good visit when he camped at Kentucky. Kentucky will have to fight off Missouri, Northwestern, and Memphis to get his commitment.

CeCe Jefferson plays for Baker County High School in Glen St. Mary, Florida and is considered one of the best defensive ends in the nation. Despite rumors of him favoring Alabama, Florida, or Florida State, he tells Varsity Preps he has no leaders. Kentucky has offered him and is in good position with him, mentioning Kentucky is high on his list and a visit to Kentucky is not of the question.

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