First Down Kentucky: Chris Collins is getting some big targets on campus


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Defensive coach ChrisCollins was recently promoted to fourth grade in Kentucky. The former recruiting coordinator at Georgia State is now co-defensive coordinator in Lexington. Part of the reason for this promotion is the successes Collins has achieved in recruiting.

Collins plays an important role in recruiting traditional Southeastern Conference members to Kentucky. The North Carolina native was the lead recruiter for Jaremiah Anglin Jr. (Central Florida), Tavion Gadson (Southeast Georgia), Devin Smith (Southeast Georgia), Quavo Marshall (South Georgia) and Quay'sheed Scott (South Carolina). Collins is playing a big role in Kentucky's talent acquisition and is currently building some strong relationships with 2025 prospects.

For the past few days, Kentucky has hosted the top 300 defensive backs Graceson Littleton And Cortez Thomas for unofficial visits. Collins is once again eyeing Kentucky as a candidate for several prospects in the South. After a groundbreaking recruiting campaign in the 2024 cycle, Collins could have more good wins on the trail following his latest raise from Kentucky.

On Wednesday's edition of First Down Kentucky, KSR takes a closer look at a major blue-chip recruit in Ohio and why Florida made its recent homecoming decision.

Kentucky is firmly in the market for Marquise Davis

Since then, Kentucky hasn't signed a top-250 high school prospect at tailback Boom Williams in the 2014 cycle. That could change in 2025. The Wildcats got some good news on one of those this week Vince MarrowThe top destinations on the trail.

A day after the news was leaked Marquise Davis would take an official visit to Kentucky in June, the top-200 recruit has trimmed his list. Kentucky has made a breakthrough. The Wildcats are poised to make a splash in the Buckeye State.

After rushing for over 2,000 yards as a junior for Cleveland (Ohio) Heights, Davis has developed into one of the top running backs in the 2025 class. Kentucky has a great chance in this recruiting battle.

Kentucky will be Florida's homecoming opponent

Kentucky is currently on a three-game winning streak against Florida. The Wildcats have beaten the Gators in four of the last six meetings. Three of those wins were by double digits. Despite the recent surge in the series, Florida was poised to make Kentucky its home opponent in 2024.

A big weekend awaits the Wildcats at The Swamp Billy NapierGainesville's third team hosts Kentucky on October 19th. Why should Florida take this step? Probably because their schedule is ridiculous.

The Gators will play 11 key conference opponents in 2024. In non-conference, Florida hosts Miami (August 31) and UCF (October 5) before ending the season on the road against Florida State (November 30). The home conference list is a gauntlet: Texas A&M (September 14), Kentucky (October 19), LSU (November 16) and Ole Miss (November 23) each make the trip to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. There are also road games against Mississippi State (September 21), Tennessee (October 12), Georgia (November 2) and Texas (November 9). Napier's seat is warm and could get even hotter in 2024.

With the elimination, Kentucky will be Florida's homecoming opponent. If you ignore the COVID-19 season, Florida hasn't beaten the Cats in Gainesville since 2016. Will the Gators end that trend this fall?

Kentucky's Drip

Which Kentucky coach has the most drip at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility? Let the players tell you. Drake JacksonVince Marrow, Dakiel Shorts Jr.And Mark Stoops Some of the coaches receive votes.

Is Drippiest a word? Well, now it's time.