By LARRY VAUGHT
Okay it has been almost two weeks since Kentucky pulled a football shocker when Justin Rogers, the top-ranked recruit in Michigan in the 2020 recruiting class, verbally committed to UK over Georgia (the school his mother favored), Tennessee, home-state Michigan, LSU and Alabama (a late addition to his list of finalists).
However, Saturday he tweeted that he was going to take another official visit — something he indicated he might do when he committed — and set off a panic with many UK fans.
Rogers did not indicate where he might visit. Alabama would seem the likely top choice since coach Nick Saban made a late pitch to Rogers just a few days before he visited Georgia and then committed to UK. Rogers never made an official visit to Alabama — or LSU or Michigan. He can take five official visits, so he has two more he could make.
Rogers, a top 10 player nationally in some recruiting rankings, has a former high school teammate — Marquan McCall — playing at Kentucky. Another current teammate, Enzo Jennings, is being recruited by UK now.
Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow couldn’t mention Rogers’ Twitter announcement. Instead, Marrow posted this tweet not long after Rogers announced he would take another visit:
“It’s ashamed some schools who are supposed to be traditional football schools are starting to recruit negative against us lol it’s not going to work and you know who you are. Go Big Blue.’
Ouch! Maybe double ouch!
But even without knowing who Marrow was directing his remarks at, anyone who is surprised that Rogers might take another visit or that other schools are going to keep recruiting him until he signs with UK or someone else in December just does not understand the reality of college football recruiting today.