YAHTZEE! UK Football lands three 4-star recruits in one day
07/29/2015 12:14 AM
LEXINGTON — The University of Kentucky hit the recruiting jackpot when four highly rated recruits all committed to the Wildcats’ 2017 class in less than 48 hours.
It all started on Monday when 3-star quarterback Mac Jones announced his UK commitment on Twitter:
The 6-foot-2 Florida native was the first player to commit to Kentucky’s 2017 class, and Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 17 pro-style quarterback in the nation.
But what’s a quarterback without a good wide receiver?
Less than 24 hours later, the Wildcats got one in four-star talent Craig “Russ” Yeast II:
Russ is of course the son of UK wide receiver legend Craig Yeast, and ESPN ranks him as the No. 9 football prospect from the state of Ohio. Yeast turned down scholarship offers from Iowa, Maryland, and rival Louisville to instead play at his father’s alma mater.
But what can a quarterback and wide receiver do without the support of the a good run game?
Say hello to four-star running back Michael Warren:
The 5-10 all-purpose back also announced his UK commitment on Tuesday afternoon, adding an explosive ground-game component to the Wildcats’ 2017 class.
Warren rushed for 2,246 yards and 28 touchdowns as a sophomore last season at Toledo Central Catholic and spurned Iowa, Wisconsin, and Ohio State to instead commit to Kentucky.
But how good can an offense be without the support of a complimentary defense?
Mere minutes later, four-star defensive end James Hudson III capped off the UK recruiting avalanche, becoming the third four-star commitment for Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow in just one day.
That’s more than Joker Phillips had in three seasons in Lexington, FYI.
Rivals ranks the 6-foot-5, 271-lbs prospect as the No. 12 strongside defensive end in the entire nation.
Like Yeast and Warren, Hudson also hails from the state of Ohio and held other scholarship offers from Iowa, Toledo, and West Virginia while receiving attention from Big Ten powers Michigan State and Ohio State, too.
The trio of four-star Ohioans are three of the Buckeye State’s the top 11 recruits for 2017, and when added to Jones’ initial commitment, Kentucky’s class vaults all the way to No. 9 in the nation in less than 48 hours.
Not a bad two days for the Wildcats, and the UK coaching staff seems to be pretty pleased with all the breaking news:
Big YAHTZEE Day at the office! #ALLIN— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) July 28, 2015
Triple #Yahtzee And we are still rolling.— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) July 28, 2015
There are dice just flying around Nutter right now. No one's safe. #Yahtzee— Clay Bollinger (@ClayBollinger) July 28, 2015
KSTV discussed the Jones and Yeast commitments on Tuesday’s show (before Warren and Hudson had announced their decisions), explaining how Kentucky football has officially become a destination location for top-tier talent.
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