By LARRY VAUGHT
Two of the state’s top-ranked high school football players in the 2020 recruiting class — Michael Mayer (Notre Dame) and Walker Douglas (Clemson) — said no thanks to Kentucky and coach Mark Stoops.
Mayer is a 6-5, 240-pound defensive end from Covington Catholic (Rivals.com has him only No. 6 on its state rankings). Parks is a 6-5, 275-pound offensive lineman at Frederick Douglas in Lexington. That made his early decision to commit to Clemson hard enough because he’s one of the nation’s top offensive tackles. However, it hurt even more because his father, David Parks, played at Kentucky.
Kentucky’s in-state recruiting got a boost last week when Louisville offensive lineman John Young, the state’s No. 4 prospect according to 247Sports, committed to UK and then this week Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen, the No. 8 player, did the same.
The state’s No. 2 player, Bowling Green safety Vito Tisdale, has offers from top schools like Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Florida State and more. However, he seems to have the most interest in Kentucky and Louisville. He got his Kentucky offer when he was a freshman. Rivals.com has Tisdale as the state’s No. 1 player.
The state’s No. 5 player, Boyle County defensive back Landon Bartleson, seems to be favoring Notre Dame. Louisville receiver Izayah Cummings is seen as a Louisville lean by most.
However, never underestimate Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow. He went into Louisville last year and pulled our more players — four — than ever in UK’s recruiting class. He’s recruiting now and posted this on social media: “Man I was on the road recruiting and I heard some great news. Boom.”
Boom? When Marrow uses that word, look for more good recruiting news to come soon.