By LARRY VAUGHT
Since the early national signing day in December Kentucky had seen its recruiting class drop from 15th nationally to 22nd in the Rivals.com rankings.
Somehow four-star offensive lineman R.J. Adams dropped to a three-star player after signing with UK and defensive end Samuel Anaele dropped about 100 spots in the national rankings for a reason or reasons I do not know.
Then Louisiana defensive back Joel Williams went from a four-star recruit to a three-star player.
But that overall UK ranking figures to pop back up a bit now that Ohio running back Michael Drennen has signed with Kentucky over a late push by USC.
Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow had been recruiting Drennen for four years and that won out over Drennen’s family connections in Los Angeles.
Drennen is a rare talent much like Lynn Bowden was when UK got him out of Ohio three years ago. He is ranked as the No. 6 all-purpose back by the 247Sports composite rankings and 246th player nationally. The only player in UK’s 2020 recruiting class ranked higher is Michigan five-star lineman Justin Rogers.
Marrow was obviously elated and posted a message on twitter “not to doubt him” after Drennen’s announcement. Kentucky has yet to officially comment on his signing but should Thursday when his paperwork arrives.