In the last three recruiting classes, Kentucky has signed 16 football prospects from in-state. That is not slowing down in the class of 2022.
Currently, the Wildcats have four in-state prospects currently pledged to play for the home state school — Kiyaunta Goodwin, Grant Bingham, Treyveon Longmire, and Jackson Smith. That is a good foundation for a class that currently includes 11 total verbal commitments. Both Goodwin and Bingham are blue-chip prospects who will be factors on the Big Blue Wall. However, the coaching staff is not done raiding the state for talent just yet.
The Wildcats missed out on Owensboro (Ky.) High quarterback Gavin Wimsatt when the top-100 prospect committed to Rutgers, but there are still some targets available. As the season quickly approaches, there are three top prospects to keep an eye on as the Wildcats look to complete their next recruiting class.
There are only three top-250 prospects in the class of 2022 that call Kentucky home, and Key is one of them. The Lexington (Ky.) Frederick Douglass wide receiver is a legacy recruit at the state’s current top producer of high school talent. Kentucky was able to break into Douglass last year to grab blue-chippers Jager Burton and Dekel Crowdus. Now Kentucky is looking to scoop up this 6-foot-2 outside receiver who recorded 37 receptions for 625 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games last season.
Key visited Kentucky’s campus multiple times in June which culminated in an official visit on the weekend of June 11. The star receiver also made trips to Michigan, Oregon, and South Carolina. Kentucky must show this new offense can feature wide receivers in the passing game.
There is no denying that this is the program’s top target on the recruiting board.
The linebacker out of Georgetown (Ky.) Great Crossing was offered by the Kentucky staff after a visit for camp in June. While in Lexington, Perry worked closely with defensive coordinator Brad White and inside linebackers coach Jon Sumrall. This is a player who could play edge, but it appears that Kentucky likes him as an off-ball linebacker.
Perry visited Cincinnati, Purdue, and Tennessee last month while holding offers for all three schools. The Wildcats were late to the party and have ground to make up, but there is plenty to sell the linebacker. Last season, Perry led his team in tackles (140) and rushing yards (510).
At 6-foot-4, Perry has great positional size and could help a linebacker position that needs to add bodies sooner rather than later.
Kentucky has not landed a football player from Louisville (Ky.) DuPont Manual in quite some time, but the Wildcats may be about to end that streak. Northington earned an offer from the Kentucky staff following a camp visit where the running back showed some good speed on a solid frame.
In just five games last season, Northington rushed for 589 yards and scored nine touchdowns while averaging 8.18 yards per rush. After going a long while without an in-state tailback, Kentucky scooped up La’Vell Wright out of Radcliff (Ky.) North Hardin last year. The Wildcats may just pick up another mid three-star running back from the state in this cycle.
Northington currently has Power Five offers from Boston College and Indiana. Louisville has not yet extended an offer.