LEXINGTON, Ky. — Lynn Bowden is Kentucky’s top 2017 commitment from Ohio and top overall prospect in the class, but Bowden isn’t the only high-profile player from the Buckeye State who is committed to the Wildcats.
4-star WR JaVonte Richardson (Maple Heights, Ohio)
Richardson had long been Kentucky’s No. 1 commitment before Bowden announced. At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Richardson could develop into a big target for the Wildcats, but Greene says he needs college-level coaching.
“He hasn’t really put it all together yet as a player like I thought he would when he was a sophomore,” Greene said. “I think he needs to be coached and I think he needs a year to develop. Lynn (Bowden) is developed right now where JaVonte would be behind Lynn in terms of development. He can jump, he can run. It just all hasn’t translated to the field yet but I think it will once he gets in a college program where he’s really being coached.”
It sounds like Richardson could be a project for receivers coach Lamar Thomas. But like Thomas, Greene believes the Ohio prospect could ultimately be playing on Sundays.
“If he’ll listen to what they’re telling him and do all the things they want him to do, he’s got a chance to be an NFL player,” Greene said. “The body is out of this world. He’s a perfect camp or a combine kid. You look at him and it’s just stunning to see his physical gifts.”
3-star QB Danny Clark (Akron, Ohio)
Clark is the top-ranked signee among Kentucky’s seven early enrollees. The former Ohio State commit is a pro-style quarterback, but like Richardson, Greene says there’s still time needed for Clark to develop into the player he wants to be.
“He can throw the ball through a wall,” Greene said. “He just has to learn the position more, become more of a cerebral quarterback where he learns reads, where he learns going through his progressions. He’s got a ton of physical skills and he’s a really good kid. Very hard worker. I think he needs to redshirt this year and learn that offense, learn what they want him to do, and he’s another kid who’s best football is two or three years down the road.”
Clark looks like a lock to redshirt with quarterbacks Stephen Johnson, Drew Barker and Gunnar Hoak on the roster.
“He’s got the physical ability,” Greene said of Clark. “The game just needs to slow down a little bit for him and he just needs to mature. All kids develop at different levels. His best football is ahead. I think Danny has a chance to be really good.”
National Signing Day is Feb. 1.