Monday, May 10, 2010

Which recruit is a must for either program?

With the Bluegrass State loaded with talent for 2011, who is the "must have" recruit? Currently Kentucky has two of the top in-state prospects committed in Jon Davis (ATH) and Darrian Miller (OL). The Cards have five commits with Jamon Brown (DT), Devante Parker (WR), DaMarcus Smith (QB), Jalen Harrington (LB) and Jerrell Moore (WR/RB) committed for 2011.

Lets assume all commitments are "soft commits" as any could still opt to sign with another school. Who is the must have recruit for 2011? Some feel Lamar Dawson (LB) from Boyle County is the must have recruit while many others feel Jon Davis, Darrian Miller, Devante Parker and Jamon Brown are the difference maker in-state.


  1. 1 Lamar Dawson
    2 Devante Parker
    3 Jamon Brown

  2. Those three would be hard to argue with. I really like Dawson and Brown. With Brown having two other teammates committed to UofL, it's going to be tough to flip his commitment.

  3. D.'s difficult to sign talented O-linemen from out of state so when we have a 4* in state...he is a must get.

  4. Darrian Miller and Jon Davis have already verballed to UK, and both have indicated their commitments are solid.

    With that said, there is no doubt that Lamar Dawson is the most important instate prospect on Joker Phillps' 2011 recruiting board. IMO, Dawson is currently the best D-1 football prospect in the Commonwealth. Furthermore, MLB is a "need position" on UK's roster. Joker needs Dawson badly, and UK's recruiting credibility would take a hit if Dawson signs elsewehere. Dawson won't commit before October or November, and it could drag out until January. His recruitment will be difficult, but UK is currently better-positioned than anyone else to sign him.

    I rank Miller (already a UK verbal) as the second-most important instate prospect for UK.

    Jon Davis is another tremendous prospect, but I still question what position he will end up playing in the SEC. If Alex Smith develops well, Davis could end up on the defensive unit, where his value to UK would ultimately increase IMO.

    If UK could turn just one of the five current instate UL verbals, DeVante Parker is the one Joker needs most. But I doubt Parker switches unless something changes with the kid in the fall.