UK Football Recruiting Notebook - May 25

UK Football Recruiting Notebook - May 25

This AllWildcats feature includes notes and tidbits surrounding UK on the football recruiting trail, including the latest on a recent West Virginia decommitment looking at the Cats, a Virginia safety planning to visit Lexington and the latest info on several other BBN targets.

WVU Decommitment talks Cats: 2015 Miami Killian (Fla.) High School standout Sheldrick Redwine decided to decommit from West Virginia a few days ago. The three-star defensive back was offered by the Cats before his commitment to the Mountaineers, but now seems to be more interested in Big Blue. Redwine (6-1, 185) said his family thought his original decision was premature and that he should continue to look into other programs. "The Kentucky offer before my commitment showed the staff at UK was really interested in me, so they were always high on my list before the commitment and now," he said. Redwine added that the UK staff did not contact him after his WVU commitment, a move that he respected, but he likes how Derrick Ansley and Tommy Mainord have been aggressive in getting back in touch with him since he re-opened his recruitment. "I definitely liked what those two were saying about Kentucky," he said. Redwine mentions he wants to visit UK in July. He also wants to visit Pittsburgh and West Virginia. The Sunshine State defensive back said it's unlikely he'll make another verbal until he's completely through with the process.

Virginia Saftey Wants to Visit: Ocean Lakes (Va.) High School standout Jahque Alleyne has received nine offers, but is getting major interest from Penn State, Illinois, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Notre Dame and North Carolina. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior safety discusses his plans for this summer and his interest in Kentucky: "I'm trying to work out some visits this summer. However, one school I'm trying to visit as the main visit of the summer is Kentucky." Asked why UK has stood out, Alleyne said: "Just heard a lot good things about the place. Heard it was pretty nice and it's also the SEC. I just want to check it out myself." He said UK receivers coach Mainord is recruiting him and making a strong impression, even though he may be on the other side of the ball. "Coach Mainord told me the Cats want me play saftey at Kentucky. At my school I play cornerback, but it doesn't really matter to me because I know I can play either positions very well. I've built a really good relationship with Coach Mainord. It has grown over a couple of months." He's currently looking at a November decision.

Virginia DE Delays Decision: Three-star Salem (Va.) High School junior Trevon Hill recently told us he has decided to delay his college decision. About a week ago he planned to announce before June, but felt like he was rushing things. The Cats were on the outside looking in at that time. Now, UK may have a shot at the 6-4, 212-pound defensive end. He tells AllWildcats he wants to visit Lexington before making any college decision. Mainord is handling his recruitment.

2016 Maryland DT Drawing Interest: Gilman High School (Md.) defensive tackle standout Ellison Jordan is now getting some interest from Kentucky. The four-star sophomore already holds offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Marshall, Michigan State and UNC Charlotte. Penn State and North Carolina are showing interest in him. Jordan (6-4, 250) discusses his new interest from the Cats: "Coach (Tommy) Mainord visited my school couple of weeks ago. We just introduced ourselves, nothing major in our short conversation. Since then, Kentucky sent me some questionnaires and mail. Jordan is unsure if he will visit UK this summer, but look for the Cats to start a major push with him. They are getting favorable reception from many players in the Maryland-Virginia-North Carolina region that has seldom produced many Big Blue signees. He has no favorite at this time, but of interesting note in his key factors, he cited "spirituality" at the school he eventually chooses.

2016 Texas DE Talks UK Offer: Late this week, Manor High School (Texas) standout Erick Fowler received an offer from Kentucky. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore already held an offer from UCLA, but the Cats have made him think about expanding his focus. "I was in shock when I was told about getting the Kentucky offer," he said. "I was not expecting an offer from them. Coach (Craig) Naivar watched me play during our spring game and told my coach how he liked the way I played." Fowler was unable to talk to Coach Naivar after the offer, but is planning on calling him soon to get familiar with the Cats. The Lone Star defensive end said he doesn't know much about UK, but knew the program was on the upswing. He has no favorites at this time.

2017 Florida ATH Wants To See UK: Cocoa (Fla.) High School freshmen standout Bruce Judson recently received an offer from Kentucky. The Cats join Temple, Clemson and Ohio State who have already offered the young prospect. Judson (5-10, 171) already had a connection to the Cats before the offer in the form of fellow Sunshine State native and friend Jeff Badet, a sophomore receiver on UK's roster. He's looking forward to catching up with his friend during a visit to Lexington sometime this summer. Kentucky joined Clemson, Ohio State and Florida in his top four schools, and he doesn't rule out an early decision: "If my visit to Kentucky goes well, I might commit to UK before I leave the campus."

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