Just one day after the announcement officially naming Liam Coen the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for UK football, the team racked up 18 signatures in the 2020-21 recruiting early-signing period.
Included in that list are Frederick Douglass High School alums and four-star talents Jager Burton (OL) and Dekel Crowdus (WR) who are the highest rated players yet to sign with Kentucky this recruiting season. UK Head Coach Mark Stoops sees them as “difference makers,” specifically praising Burton’s mobility as a 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman.
“He runs and moves as well as any offensive lineman I’ve ever been around,” he said.
The Frederick Douglass alums are two of five players signing with UK that are from the state of Kentucky. Bowling Green High School’s Jordan Dingle (TE), his brother Justice Dingle (DE, transfer from Georgia Tech) and Somerset High School’s Kaiya Sheron (QB) joined them in the class.
Seeing that talent in the Bluegrass State has grown, Stoops praised high school coaches in the state for how much they have improved since he arrived in Lexington, and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, who said he spent more time on the phone with kids recruiting than a telemarketer in the past few months, is finding it to be an advantage for the Cats.
“Kentucky high school football is really getting good,” Marrow said.
The Cats currently rank 40th in the country and 12th in the SEC in the ESPN 2021 recruiting rankings, but Stoops hinted that a “few more” spots are going to be left open for potential transfers and more recruits.
“I purposely left some spots open for transfers,” he said.
We shall see who is next to join what will be a different looking Kentucky football team offensively in 2021.