By LARRY VAUGHT
Not only has new receivers coach Lamar Thomas made an impact on Kentucky’s returning players, but he might be having an impact with future players.
Highly-regarded Ohio receiver JaVonte Richardson verbally committed to UK Sunday after visiting Kentucky over the weekend. Recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, an Ohio native, was again the lead recruiter with Richardson.
While Ohio State and Michigan had shown interest but not yet offered Richardson, the 6-4 receiver did have offers from Michigan, Syracuse, Illinois, Purdue and Bowling Green. Miami (FL) and Florida have also shown interest in him.
He’s ranked anywhere from the No. 2 player in Ohio to No. 10 and anywhere from No. 84 in the country to No. 250.
ESPN’s recruiting breakdown says he lacks “elite top-end speed or explosive first step” and cannot consistently make defenders miss. However, on the plus side ESPn says he has “good foot quickness and is a very good route runner” with good body control. ESPN also calls him “fearless over the middle” and calls him a possession receiver, something UK certainly has lacked in recent years.
Redshirt freshman receiver Jabari Greenwood is sold on Thomas after two weeks of spring practice.
“I like coach Thomas’ coaching style. Honestly, that is kind of what I come from and am used to,” said redshirt freshman receiver Jabari Greenwood. “He’s more of a hands on coach that will get on you and everything but also has a good relationship with you. I like his style. He pushes us.
“I definitely like the swagger part he has, too. That is what wide receiver is all about. It’s the position that has the most swag, the most juice. I definitely like that side of him.”