Madison Southern running back Damien Harris, the nation’s No. 1 running back in the 2015 recruiting class, tweeted Monday that he’ll announce a top five Aug. 1 and then make his college choice Dec. 13 with plans to enroll at the school he picks in January.
Alabama and Ohio State seem to be the projected leaders for Harris with Kentucky, Michigan and Oregon other potential top five schools.
Harris just called off recruiting trips to Ohio State for its Friday Night Lights and to Michigan for its big BBQ Weekend because of conflicts with his team’s practice schedule.
Kentucky could get a boost with Harris if Cincinnati offensive tackle George Brown picks the Cats over Florida Friday as recent UK commit Kei Beckham of Ohio thinks he will.
Young honored: Lafayette junior offensive lineman Landon Young has been named the Gatorade Kentucky Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
The 6-7, 265-pound Young, a four-star prospect, won the Class AAA shot put with a throw of 55 feet, 3.5 inches and threw the discus 169-5 to also take the state championship.
He was the 2013 USATF National Junior Olympics Track & Field Championships runner-up in both the shot and the discus
Young is such a versatile athlete that he also finished fourth at this year’s state wrestling meet in the 285-pound class.
Young shine off the field as well as he is a Future Farmers of America chapter officer and belongs to the Beta Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also has volunteered as an assistant to an autistic child at his church.
Tryouts: Thirty-three players, including several that are Kentucky targets, are scheduled to take the court Thursday in Colorado Springs to vie for a roster spot on the USA Men’s Under 17 World Championship Team. Finalists for the team are expected to be announced on Saturday and the 12-member squad will be named prior to Aug. 1.
The World Championship, hosted Aug. 8-16 by Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will feature 16 national teams that qualified through their FIBA zone tournaments.
The only Kentuckian on the roster is junior guard Quentin Goodin of Taylor County.
Other players on the tryout list who are on Kentucky’s recruiting radar are Tyus Battle of New Jersey, Harry Giles of North Carolina, Malik Monk of Arkansas, Malik Newman of Mississippi, Ivan Rabb of California, Diamond Stone of Wisconsin and Jayson Tatum of St. Louis.
Prior to traveling to Dubai on Aug. 6, the U.S. squad will spend Aug. 3-5 training in Doha, Qatar. The USA will open play on Aug. 8 against Greece, followed by an Aug. 9 contest versus Angola and a final preliminary-round game against the Philippines on Aug. 11. The round of 16 will be contested Aug. 12, quarterfinals are slated for Aug. 14, semifinals on Aug. 15 and the finals will take place Aug. 16.