By LARRY VAUGHT
Now Kentucky football fans know how numerous college basketball coaches feel when they spend enormous time recruiting a player only to see UK coach John Calipari come in late and sometimes take a player away.
Kentucky looked in great shape to get a commitment from five-star Michigan offensive lineman Justin Rogers when he set a decision date for May 20 and had UK on his final five along with Michigan, LSU, Tennessee and Georgia.
But now suddenly a new finalist — Alabama — has emerged. Rogers posted on social media that he had an “amazing conversation with Coach (Nick) Sabama. I officially have a new top 6. Roll Tide!!”
Rogers — who got his first scholarship offer from Kentucky three years ago — is scheduled to visit Georgia before his commitment date. No word on when or if he’ll visit Alabama, but it sure seems that was after his social media post.
Rivals.com ranks Rogers at the nation’s 10th best player at any position in the 2020 recruiting class and he would be UK’s highest ranked recruit since Tim Couch and first five-star recruit since Matt Elam. However, that seems like a much more difficult task now that Saban reached out to Rogers and he obviously liked what he heard.