2022 three-star defensive end Tomiwa Durojaiye is ready to make his college decision, choosing between Georgia Tech, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and West Virginia on Saturday, among 22 total scholarship offers.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive lineman out of Middletown High School (DE) tells KSR that he has his mind made up and is ready to make his commitment known to the public, adding that he has no time to waste with camp for his senior season set to begin on Monday.
“I start camp August 16 so just want to have my commitment over with and focus on my senior year and focus on the next chapter because I plan on enrolling in January,” Durojaiye told KSR. “I know I don’t have too much time to waste, too much time to play around.”
Some of the key factors he accounted for in the decision-making process? Early playing time and player development.
“One of the main things football-wise is early playing time,” Durojaiye said. “For me, I want to come in and have that spring ball, prove myself as a freshman, and at least play some meaningful reps, at least be that first sub-in guy. … Player development in terms of a coach that is going to take my game to the next level, that’s going to make my strengths weapons and anything I’m weak at–before I leave that university I want to be great at it before I go to the next level. Just taking my game to the next level. I would say the biggest thing for me is a staff that is going to help me separate myself from everybody else in the country because I know I’ll be willing to put in that work.”
Durojaiye has made trips to all five schools on his final list, with his most recent being an official visit to Kentucky at the end of July. Looking at his recruiting predictions, there are two consecutive Crystal Balls in favor of the Wildcats over at 247Sports and three consecutive FutureCasts on Rivals.
The three-star defensive end tells KSR that his announcement will be made on social media at some point between 5-6 p.m. ET on Saturday. Will the choice be Kentucky? It certainly appears we’re trending that direction.
Dekel Crowdus will not require surgery
Looking for more positive news for the Wildcats to get your Saturday morning started?
After a brief scare during practice Thursday, Kentucky freshman receiver Dekel Crowdus will not need surgery on his injured knee, KSR’s Ryan Lemond reported Friday. Various tests Thursday afternoon and Friday morning came back clean, with only a “minor setback” expected for the in-state standout.
“Great news from my man (Dekel Crowdus) this afternoon,” Lemond reported. “No surgery on his knee. Prayers answered. He’s a great kid who has worked his ass off. This is just a minor setback, and he’ll be back better and faster than ever!”
Great news from my man @CrowdusDekel this afternoon. No surgery on his knee. Prayers answered. He’s a great kid who has worked his ass off. This is just a minor setback, and he’ll be back better and faster than ever!!!
— Ryan Lemond (@ryanlemond) August 13, 2021
Kentucky’s had a tough run of luck this offseason with WR Clevan Thomas, LB D’Eryk Jackson and TE Keaton Upshaw all suffering season-ending injuries. Luckily for the program, Crowdus will not be the fourth.
NFL Preseason continues
- Bud Dupree – Tennessee Titans (23-3 win vs. Falcons)
- DNP (Rest)
- Logan Stenberg – Detroit Lions (16-15 loss vs. Bills)
- Earned second-team reps at LG, “the best (he) has looked” since arriving in Detroit
- Quinton Bohanna – Dallas Cowboys (19-16 loss vs. Cardinals)
- One solo tackle, impressed as a “penetrator”
- Kelvin Joseph – Dallas Cowboys (19-16 loss vs. Cardinals)
- One pass breakup, but had “welcome to the NFL” moments
- Corey Peters – Arizona Cardinals (19-16 win vs. Cowboys)
- DNP (Rest)
Saturday’s NFL Preseason Schedule
- Josh Allen – Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Browns – Sat. Aug. 14, 7 p.m. ET)
- Lynn Bowden – Miami Dolphins (vs. Bears – Sat. Aug. 14, 1 p.m. ET)
- Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers (vs. Texans – Sat. Aug. 14, 8 p.m. ET)
- Brandin Echols – New York Jets (vs. Giants – Sat. Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. ET)
- Mike Edwards – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Bengals – Sat. Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. ET)
- Drake Jackson – Houston Texans (vs. Packers – Sat. Aug. 14, 8 p.m. ET)
- Lonnie Johnson – Houston Texans (vs. Packers – Sat. Aug. 14, 8 p.m. ET)
- Phil Hoskins – Carolina Panthers (vs. Colts – Sat. Aug. 15, 1 p.m. ET)
- Austin MacGinnis – Los Angeles Rams (vs. Chargers – Sat. Aug. 14, 10 p.m. ET)
- A.J. Rose – Minnesota Vikings – (vs. Broncos – Sat. Aug. 14, 4 p.m. ET)
- Za’Darius Smith – Green Bay Packers – (vs. Texans – Sat. Aug. 14, 8 p.m. ET)
- Danny Trevathan – Chicago Bears (vs. Dolphins – Sat. Aug. 14, 1 p.m. ET)
- Landon Young – New Orleans Saints (vs. Ravens – Sat. Aug. 14, 7 p.m. ET)
- Chris Westry – Baltimore Ravens (vs. Saints – Sat. Aug. 14, 7 p.m. ET)
BJ Boston comes on strong in the NBA Summer League
Two former Wildcats stood out from the pack on Friday night, with BJ Boston leading the Los Angeles Clippers in scoring with an efficient 17 points, along with Olivier Sarr finishing with a near double-double with ten points and eight rebounds for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Check out the complete list of former Kentucky players in action:
Minnesota Timberwolves def. Milwaukee Bucks 91-64
- EJ Montgomery (Bucks) – Zero points (0-0 FG), zero rebounds in 2:41
Utah Jazz def. Miami Heat 84-65
- Nate Sestina (Jazz) – Two points (1-3 FG), five rebounds, one steal in 18:11
New Orleans Pelicans def. Cleveland Cavaliers 87-74
Golden State Warriors def. Oklahoma City Thunder 94-84
- Kahlil Whitney (Warriors) – DNP (Coach’s Decision)
Detroit Pistons def. New York Knicks 93-87
- Immanuel Quickley (Knicks) – 15 points (4-18 FG, 2-7 3PT), nine assists, four rebounds, two steals in 33:43
Sacramento Kings def. Memphis Grizzlies 90-75
- Olivier Sarr (Grizzlies) – 10 points (4-6 FG), eight rebounds, four turnovers in 17:28
Los Angeles Lakers def. Los Angeles Clippers 86-84
- BJ Boston (Clippers) – 17 points (7-13 FG, 2-8 3PT), five rebounds, one assist, one turnover in 26:42
Saturday’s Summer League schedule
Denver Nuggets vs. Dallas Mavericks (3 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat (4 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (5 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
- Tyrese Maxey (76ers)
Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
- Isaiah Jackson (Pacers)
Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors (7 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
- Nick Richards (Hornets)
- Ashton Hagans (Raptors) – Injured ankle
New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
- Immanuel Quickley (Knicks)
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns (9 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2)