In June, Kentucky was able to get Birmingham (Ala.) Briarwood Christian quarterback on campus for an unofficial visit. That was good news as the 6-foot-4 pocket passer received an offer from Mike Leach and Mississippi State after a camp visit just days before.
— Christopher Vizzina (@vizzina2) June 18, 2021
Vizzina made many stops this summer going to Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia, Auburn, Mississippi State, and Notre Dame. Currently, the 2023 prospect has Power Five offers from Kentucky, Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Michigan State, and Mississippi State.
Now add another big one to the list.
— Christopher Vizzina (@vizzina2) July 9, 2021
Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State have entered the chat. The Pokes have been to 15 consecutive bowl games and have eight top 25 finishes since 2008. Under Gundy’s watch, Oklahoma State’s spread offense has typically been ahead of the curve and has consistently put up big numbers in the Big XII. This has been a QB-friendly operation at Boone Pickens Stadium, and this could big some big competition for Kentucky as offensive coordinator Liam Coen pursues Vizzina.
The Cowboys have issued six quarterback offers in the class of 2023, but the top targets appear to be off the board. Five-star Malachi Nelson is likely committing to Oklahoma soon while four-star Eli Holstein has pledged to Texas A&M. Meanwhile, Austin (Texas) Lake Travis quarterback Bo Edmundson also has an offer from Kentucky and visited Stillwater in June. He could be a guy to watch as the quarterback dominoes start to fall in 2023.
Why is this important? Well, Kentucky seems to have two clear top quarterbacks right now. Brentwood (Tenn.) Ravenwood’s Chris Parson released a top eight earlier this week and now plans to announce his decision on July 22. Florida State appears to be the significant favorite. That decision could cause Kentucky to treat the Vizzina recruitment even more seriously as time moves on.
Vizzina is a rising prospect who could compete for four-star status if he delivers a strong junior season on the field. The right-hander has impressed in camp settings over the summer after throwing for 1,969 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore. Kentucky must get him to Kroger Field a time or two for an unofficial visit this season.
There is a lot of time until 2023 prospects have to sign, but quarterback recruiting moves very fast. These players are always the first domino to fall. Commitments are beginning to happen, and Power Five teams are adjusting once prospects are removed from the board. Kentucky is on the hunt, and the Wildcats are set to have some stiff competition for this Alabama prospect.