Mike Dyer reports:
Lakota West football coach Larry Cox hasn’t seen such a significant recruiting push from the University of Kentucky in Southwest Ohio in his 26 years of coaching as he has this year.
UK has three Cincinnati-area verbal commits from the 2014 class including Lakota West running back Mikel Horton, Lakota East offensive lineman Jarrett LaRubbio and Winton Woods safety Mike Edwards.
A fourth area commitment, quarterback Drew Barker, plays at Conner High School in Hebron, Ky. Barker is committed to playing in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
- Cincinnati Enquirer’s recruiting blog
- UK coach talks about Kyle Meadows
- Horton commits to UK
- LaRubbio commits to UK
UK has offered multiple other area players including Mariemont 2014 defensive lineman/tight end Jon Bezney, Winton Woods 2014 defensive lineman Daniel Cage, Winton Woods 2015 lineman/tight end George Brown, St. Xavier 2015 linebacker Justin Hilliard and Lakota West 2015 linebacker C.J. Stalker, according to Rivals.com and Enquirer research.
Cage is ranked the state’s No. 20 player overall in Ohio in the 2014 class by Rivals.com this week. Hilliard has been invited to the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
UK received its first verbal commitment this spring from Horton on April 20. Horton, who rushed for 1,003 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, also had offers from UC, Boston College, Florida State, Indiana, Louisville and others.
Barker verbally committed May 10 after he also considered finalists South Carolina and Tennessee among his 22 total offers. The UK staff once sent him 115 letters in one day to exhibit their interest in securing his commitment, according to the Courier-Journal.
“Drew was a key pickup for Kentucky, but what that commitment did was basically keep the momentum going that they had already established,” said Josh Helmholdt, who is Rivals.com Midwest Analyst. “…The Barker commitment was big because it was at a key position and he has the ability to attract more prospects to Lexington, but this class was developing well even before he officially committed.” (more…)