Updated: Jul 19
Liam Coen has added yet another weapon to the wide receiver room, this time landing four-star WR David Washington Jr. out of Philadelphia. Washington held offers from Penn State, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Ole Miss among many others. He had visited Kentucky in early June with his teammate Brandon Rehmann who is now committed to West Virginia. After his visit, his recruitment got extremely quiet and seemed like his UK interest had faded. Coen and Woodward ultimately dug their heels in and finished the deal, landing an official commitment.
The newest Cat is listed at 6'0" and 180lbs, hailing in from Pennsylvania powerhouse, St. Joseph's Prep. In his junior season, he had 46 catches for 699 total yards (15.2 YPC) and paired that with 6 touchdowns. In the 6A state championship game, Washington caught 4 passes for 123 yards and helped his team secure a state title. He played a little bit of everything for St. Joseph's. In his junior year film, he was lined up in the slot, was used in motion, outside at the "X" position, and even a little wildcat QB. He caught multiple screen passes and made defenders miss and got big yardage out of each one. He looked super comfortable in action and had great field vision to gain extra yardage. The screens St. Joseph's ran looked identical to the ones Coen ran in 2021 so it's easy to see why our offensive staff really wanted this guy.
His route running was also super impressive. His footwork really allows him to break down and sit in the soft spots of zones and create separation to get easy catches and more yardage. In his film, you can see him break off his original route to sit down in those soft spots for an easy 5-10 yard gain which is hard to do for a lot of receivers out of high school. That's something Wandale Robinson was very good at and it really takes high football IQ and execution to perfect it. His speed is what really helps him get the yards after catch. He earned a 4.38 at a camp which is probably closer to a true 4.4, which is more than good enough with all the other skills and traits he has to compliment it.
As an added bonus, BBN should be able to watch Washington on TV this fall. St. Joseph's typically plays on ESPN since they play a national schedule that includes Don Bosco Prep (NJ) and Florida powerhouses IMG Academy and Lakeland.
Kentucky is not done adding studs to the WR room either. Hardley Gilmore, a top-200 player in the 2024 class, is receiving crystal balls, RPM picks, and futurecasts for UK and is very close to setting a commitment date. In the end, this is a big pickup for Kentucky and it gives Cutter Boley, Coach Woodward, and Coach Coen another stud to work with.