How will UK close out Recruiting?

Central's Tim Patterson

New head coach Joker Phillips is looking to close out Kentucky's 2010 recruiting with a bang. In order to do that, there will have to be some solid additions to the current class. Here's a look at some of the players still considering the Cats.

New head coach Joker Phillips is looking to close out Kentucky's 2010 recruiting with a bang. In order to do that, there will have to be some solid additions to the current class. Here's a look at some of the players still considering the Cats.

D.J. Howard - Howard may still visit Kentucky this weekend after visiting Auburn last weekend. He's been a commitment to Auburn for several months now, but both Kentucky and Clemson have worked hard to change his thinking. Howard is thought to be Joker Phillips's top target at running back and also Clemson's top target at running back. Auburn has promised him the opportunity to compete at running back, but it's likely that he'll be playing in the defensive backfield for the Tigers.

Maudrecus Humphrey - Humphrey visited Kentucky two weekends ago and had a great time. He visited Arkansas last weekend and will follow up that visit with trips to Mississippi State this weekend and Louisville next weekend. Humphrey has always been high on Kentucky and Kentucky loves his speed and length on the field at receiver. Should Humphrey choose Kentucky, he'll likely be an immediate contributor to the passing game.

Dyjuan Lewis - After committing to Cincinnati a few months ago, Dyjuan Lewis supposedly reopened his recruitment. But he's struggled making a solid decision and has set up visits with Kentucky on a couple of occasions. Unfortunately he hasn't made those visits. While there is still time for him to make the trip to Lexington, it may not be in Lewis's plans. He's considering Oregon and Notre Dame for his final visits along with Kentucky. Lewis has already been to Cincy and Purdue.

Miles Simpson - Simpson has cut his list to three schools, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. The top running back prospect in Kentucky, Simpson has been high on Kentucky's list for over a year. He's expected to make a decision this week, but things have been pretty quiet for the Simon Kenton running back.

Tim Patterson - It has come down to Kentucky and Louisville for the top rated prospect in Kentucky. Prior to Charlie Strong being named head coach at Louisville, Kentucky was thought to be leader for Patterson. Patterson hasn't made his commitment yet and the pressure to stay in Louisville and play for the Cardinals is immense.

Asian Ruff - Ruff is a long rangy safety prospect from Mississippi. The three-star defensive back has offer from Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech. He was previously favoring Arkansas, but things may have changed in that regard. With the addition of coach Turner to the Kentucky staff, Ruff may take a longer look at the Wildcats before signing day.

Michael Thornton - The top rated prospect left for the Wildcats is defensive tackle Michael Thornton. Thornton has been recruited by several of the bigger name schools such as Georgia, Penn State, Tennessee and Auburn. Kentucky has now slipped into the mix after three of his teammates have decided to come to Kentucky as well (Raymond Sanders, Jabari Johnson, Ronnie Shields). Thornton is debating on whether to visit Kentucky, Miami or Georgia Tech. Southern California has also entered the mix.

Sam Gibson - An LSU commit, he visited Kentucky two weeks ago. LSU had been recruiting him as a safety prospect, but they have decided to give him a shot at wide receiver as well. Kentucky wants him purely as a ball carrier in the mold of a bigger Randall Cobb. Gibson is still committed to LSU, but there's a chance Kentucky could sneak him away from the Bayou Bengals.

Rajaan Bennett - Bennett recently added offers from Tennessee and Western Kentucky. One of the top running backs on Kentucky's recruiting board finally took his official visit to Kentucky last weekend, but now will visit Vanderbilt and may visit Tennessee the following week. It appears that Bennett may be leaning towards taking the Volunteers up on their offer.


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