Recruiting truly never stops.
Kentucky is still in the process of building its 2022 recruiting class as the 2021 season approaches, but that doesn’t mean future recruiting isn’t occurring. On Saturday, Kentucky made the cut for one of their top targets on the 2023 recruiting board.
— Mega Barnwell (@mega_barnwell) July 10, 2021
Mega Barnwell released his top seven schools via his own personal Twitter account. Kentucky made the list and is joined by Ohio State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. This is good news as the Wildcats chase a big-time prospect in the DMV out of Fredericksburg (Va.) Riverbend.
Kentucky has had success in this area before by landing four-star Josh Paschal in the class of 2017. However, this has been a region that the Wildcats have used on occasion. Most recently, class of 2020 offensive guard R.J. Adams hailed from the region. The DMV is a very fertile recruiting ground and Barnwell will be one of the best prospects in the 2023 class.
The 6-foot-5 and 240-pound tight end already has great size for the tight end position and should arrive in college ready for the physicality of the next level. In the 247 Sports Composite, Barnwell is ranked as the No. 184 overall prospect and a top-15 player at the tight end position. Kentucky is swimming in the right waters.
Last month, Barnwell made a stop in Lexington during the open recruiting period. While on campus, Kentucky was able to make a positive impression on the blue-chip prospect. The Wildcats issued an offer to the rising junior on April 29.
Heading into the 2021 season, Kentucky enters the year with three quality veteran players — Brenden Bates, Justin Rigg, and Keaton Upshaw — at tight end. However, eligibility can quickly run out. The Wildcats addressed this spot in the class of 2021 by adding Jordan Dingle out of Bowling Green (Ky.) High and have a verbal commitment from Cincinnati Moeller tight end Josh Kattus in the class of 2022. The program needs to continue to build for the future at the position in Liam Coen’s pro-style attack.
The 2022 class has work to be completed, but the steps are in place to land players in the 2023 haul. Kentucky has now given itself a shot to land this star tight end. Recruiting truly never stops.