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Cats could land Florida running back and Florida receiver both on Friday


Friday could be a big day for Kentucky football recruiting again as two Florida prep standouts — running back JoJo Kemp and receiver Jeff Badet — both will make their college choices and it looks like both could pick Kentucky.

Here is what Scout.com’s evaluation of Kemp says:  “At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, he has enough size already to grow into a potential 210+ pound running back who will be able to carry the rock 20 times a game and get the tough yards inside. He’s a tremendous athlete who can make a lot of people miss in short space, too. He changes directions well. He can catch the ball very well out of the backfield. He’s just a good football player with plus athleticism.”

Kemp seems down to Kentucky, Pittsburgh, South Florida and West Virginia. He made his official visit to Pittsburgh in early December and has been to UK and South Florida in recent weeks. One interesting note here is that Jaleel Hytchye and Blake McClain both visited Pitt the same weekend as Kemp and both have now committed to Kentucky.

The 5-11, 190-pound Kemp rushed for over 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

The 5-11, 170-pound Badet also has 4.5 speed. He has received late interest from UCLA and Wisconsin, but turned down a chance to visit UCLA this weekend.

Here is the Scout.com evaluation of Badet: “Badet has good speed but is quicker than fast. He’s elusive and displays good change of direction. Badet can sneak behind a secondary, will go over the middle and catch a short pass and make something happen. He really does a nice job of creating separation and getting open. Badet has good hands and concentration. He can go up and get the ball and can make the acrobatic grab. Look for him to play in the slot at the next level.”

Badet would give new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown another potential go-to receiver to go along with recent commit Alex Montgomery, another Florida prep standout.



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  1. grant

    Onward and upward for UK football. This coach is a shot of adrenaline Uk has sorely needed. And I mean sorely.

  2. Shinny

    If it comes to pass it will be another example of what can be done with the right staff. We have the right fans in the BBN and Larry I just might get my wish with the “Air Raid Sirens” being turned “back on”! When we have a night game it would be cool to turn those babies on for the tailgaters about every hour on the hour say 6 hours before game time! Man can we start this action before Aug? Ha Ha

    1. alex J

      Shinny let me know what game, it will be fun to hear the the air raid again.

    2. Old Cat

      Not only the siren but we also want the fighters on the screen launching the missiles to blow up the opponent.

    3. larryvaught

      Shinny, if you get them to do that, I will make sure Alex takes care of dinner for everybody

  3. Larry Pup

    These are two good football players. Just the kind needed to run Brown’s offense. This is shaping up to be a pretty good class if they all sign.

    1. Love SEC F-Ball

      I agree. And it’s great to read Football recruiting news on a daily basis.

      1. RJ

        About time as well!!!!

  4. Larry Pup

    Looks like Jason Hatcher is sticking with USC per a report in The C-J today. Too bad if true. Looks like UK will have to just get a better one. I hope he is happy with Kiffin.

    1. Love SEC F-Ball

      I agree about Kiffin – I can’t imagine anyone wanting to play for him.
      As far as getting a better one, We already have a couple of good DE’s on the list. (Smith & Bell)

  5. Love SEC F-Ball

    What time will they announce today?

    1. larryvaught

      around 7 p.m,

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