Kentucky has another highly recruited player enter his name into the transfer portal. Michael Drennen II, a former 4-star recruit from Dublin, Ohio just announced that he will put his name in the transfer portal. Drennen played high school ball at Dublin Coffman High School. Drennen was a part of Kentucky's 2020 recruiting class and was ranked in the top 250 recruits, as well as the sixth-best all-purpose back and the fourth-best player in the entire state of Ohio.
Besides Kentucky, Drennen had offers from several schools such as USC, Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Ole Miss and Tennessee, among many others. The 5'11" 220 pound junior will have two seasons of eligibility left wherever he chooses to go.
It was a struggle to find playing time for Drennen when you had running backs such as Chris Rodriguez, Kavosiey Smoke and JuTahn McClain ahead of him on the depth chart. Drennen did not see the field in 2022 and in his two years before that, 2020 and 2021, he only had a combined seven rushing attempts for seventeen yards and one touchdown. He also brought in five receptions in that time as well for a combined thirty yards.
With the news of Drennen's decision to enter the transfer portal, it makes it that much more crucial that Mark Stoops and company go out and get a transfer running back through the portal to help replace both Chris Rodriguez, assuming he goes to the draft, and Kavosiey Smoke who entered his name into the transfer portal as well.