Kentucky has officially offered one of the most productive wide receivers in the transfer portal thus far a scholarship to be a Wildcat.
Ja'Mori Maclin is a 5'11" wideout from Saint Louis, Missouri where he played high school football for Kirkwood High School. Even though the transfer portal doesn't officially open until next Monday, Maclin announced yesterday that he has the intention of entering his name into the portal. Mark Stoops and company wasted no time on offering this former 3-star prospect so they must see something in the kid.
He had several offers from some top Division 1 schools which include Kentucky, Arizona State, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, and Missouri. Originally, Ja'Mori Maclin committed to the Missouri Tigers back in April of 2019 and was a part of the 2020 recruiting class. He didn't see the field of play very often in his time as a Tiger so he decided to enter the transfer portal back in 2021 where he landed at North Texas University.
It wasn't until the 2022 season that Maclin got significant playing time, but once he did, he displayed his talents as a top receiver in the Conference USA. Between 2022 and 2023 Ja'Mori combined for 73 receptions and 1,384 receiving yards, totaling 13 touchdowns.
I don't blame the Wildcats coaching staff for going after more prospects at the wide receiver position because that is a position that you want to have covered in excess, in case of injuries and things of that nature. You can never have enough players who can catch the ball. One does have to wonder though with the coaching staff reaching out to wide receivers in the portal so early if they might have at least some concern that they may lose some players themselves to the transfer portal as well. The biggest two names would be Barion Brown and Dane Key. I am not saying that they are going to the transfer portal, but I do remember last offseason there was a little bit of a concern that Kentucky could potentially lose them for NIL reasons and they are two pieces that Kentucky needs to desperately try to keep here. The portal has created kind of a free agency and there is just always that chance that a player could choose to go to another school, especially if a big enough paycheck is offered. I'd be shocked if those two winded up leaving at all, but it is always a possibility.