LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mark Stoops and his staff are taking one last run at 4-star cornerback Russ Yeast, the son of former Kentucky star wide receiver Craig Yeast.
Russ Yeast initially looked like he’d follow his father and play at Kentucky, but the younger Yeast de-committed in June and committed to rival Louisville four months later. But Kentucky isn’t giving up hope with National Signing Day less than two weeks away.
Good in home with @UKCoachStoops yesterday
— Russ Yeast™ (@russ_yeast03) January 20, 2017
It came as a surprise that Stoops had an in-home visit with Yeast, but he wasn’t the only one. Yeast also tweeted Thursday night that he had in-home visits with Louisville and Notre Dame.
Kentucky looks like a long shot to flip Yeast back to Lexington, but if it happens, Yeast would be the fourth-ranked prospect in UK’s 2017 class.
His dad was the most decorated Kentucky receiver of all time. Craig Yeast, who played at UK from 1995-98, is the school’s all-time leader in receptions (208), receiving yards (2,899) and touchdown receptions (28).
Yeast news aside, here’s a look at this week’s edition of the Kentucky recruiting snapshot:
Where Kentucky’s class is ranked
Rivals ranks the Wildcats’ 2017 class No. 18 and 247Sports has UK 22nd. Rivals and 247Sports rank Kentucky No. 8 in the conference, ahead of Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Missouri, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
Who are Kentucky’s top 2017 commitments?
Lynn Bowden, Kentucky’s most recent commitment, is at the top of the class. Bowden is the No. 4 ATH in the country and the No. 3 prospect from Ohio. He’s expected to primarily play as a slot receiver but could be a dynamic playmaker for the Cats wherever they line him up.
JaVonte Richardson was lone the gem of Kentucky’s class before Bowden’s commitment. Richardson is a 4-star receiver prospect from Maple Heights, Ohio — one of many Ohio prospects recruited by tight ends coach Vince Marrow. Richardson is a big target for quarterbacks at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds.
Joshua Paschal, a 4-star defensive end prospect from Olney, Md., is Kentucky’s No. 3 commit in the class. He had official visits to Oklahoma and Notre Dame, but Kentucky beat out those prestigious programs. Paschal is a top-300 prospect and one of the biggest gets for Kentucky.
Who de-committed from Kentucky this week?
The Cats kept all of their commitments.
Class breakdown (23 commits)
Geography of Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class
All rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.