Kentucky Inks Another Four-Star Recruit in Michael Drennen II

Kentucky Inks Another Four-Star Recruit in Michael Drennen II

by Susan Lax

Kentucky’s 2020 recruiting class welcomes another impressive recruit with the signing of four-star all-purpose back Michael Drennen II, head coach Mark Stoops announced today. The highly regarded Ohio prospect received over 40 scholarship offers and ultimately chose the Wildcats over Florida, Michigan and Southern California.
“We are so excited to add Michael to our already strong 2020 recruiting class,” head coach Mark Stoops said. “We’ve known him since he was an eighth-grader and he’s become an extremely versatile and dynamic player with big-time play-making ability. He can help us in so many ways and he’s a great addition to our Wildcat family.”
Michael Drennen II, Athlete, 5-11, 196, Fr.-HS, Dublin, Ohio (Coffman) – Consensus four-star prospect … Considered the No. 6 all-purpose back in the nation by 247Sports … No. 3 overall recruit in Ohio by Rivals and 247Sports … Four-year starter for head coach Mark Crabtree … Helped lead the Rocks to the state playoffs all four years of his prep career, including two straight regional title games … Was limited as a senior due to injury … Earned a spot on the All-America Future 50 game roster … Earned second-team All-Ohio honors as a junior in 2018 after rushing for 801 yards on 162 carries, making 30 receptions for 464 yards, and scoring 16 touchdowns in helping the Shamrocks (11-2) to a regional final … Earned the 2019 Buckeye Blue Chip Award, given by the Touchdown Club of Columbus … Excels in the classroom with a 3.7 grade point average … Had over 40 scholarship offers but ultimately chose Kentucky over Southern California, Alabama, Arizona State Auburn, LSU, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and Tennessee … Nickname is “Donut.”
The signing further bolsters a class rated in the Top 25 nationally by Rivals and includes several of the highest-rated players to sign with UK since the recruiting services began evaluating and ranking players. The Cats now have 11 signees who have been rated as four- or five-star players by Rivals. Prospective student-athletes have until April 1, 2020 to sign national letters of intent.
Here is a list of Kentucky’s 2020 recruiting class.

Reuben “R.J.” Adams OL 6-3 325 Woodbridge, Va. Senior
*Beau Allen QB 6-2 200 Lexington, Ky. Lexington Catholic
*Sam Anaele OLB 6-4 250 Deefield Beach, Fla. McDougle Technical Institute
*Kalil Branham WR 6-1 210 Columbus, Ohio Northland
*Deondre Buford OL 6-5 285 Detroit, Mich. Martin Luther King
Izayah Cummings WR 6-3 215 Louisville, Ky. Male
Michael Drennen II DB 5-11 196 Dublin, Ohio Coffman
Jeremy Flax OL 6-6 315 Detroit, Mich. Robichaud
*Joey Gatewood QB 6-5 230 Jacksonville, Fla. Bartram Trail
Josaih Hayes DL 6-3 285 Horn Lake, Miss. Horn Lake
Rickey Hyatt DB 6-2 187 Westerville, Ohio Central
*D’Eryk Jackson LB 6-1 250 Dublin, Ga. West Laurens
Josh Jones OL 6-6 300 Phenix City, Ala. Central-Phenix City
*JuTahn McClain RB 5-10 180 Fairfield, Ohio Fairfield
*Octavious Oxendine DL 6-3 296 Radcliff, Ky. North Hardin
*Andru Phillips DB 6-0 180 Mauldin, S.C. Mauldin
Justin Rogers DL 6-3 315 Oak Park, Mich. Oak Park
Tre’Vonn Rybka DL 6-4 300 Dickson, Tenn. Dickson County
Earnest Sanders IV WR 6-1 205 Flint, Mich. Beecher
Vito Tisdale S 6-1 201 Bowling Green, Ky. Bowling Green
Carrington Valentine DB 6-0 178 Cincinnati, Ohio Moeller
*Joel Williams DB 6-1 190 Baton Rouge, La. Madison Prep Academy
*John Young OL 6-6 280 Louisville, Ky. Christian Academy

*Early Enrollees
Class is eligibility for the 2020 season
Pronunciation Guide
Sam Anaele – “ah-NEL-lee”
D’Eryk Jackson – “dee-ERIC”
JuTahn McClain – “ja-TAWN”
Tre’Vonn Rybka – “TREY-vaughn”
Josaih Hayes – “joe-SIGH-uh”

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