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UK's coaches made their pitch to Izayah Cummings at junior day

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Izayah Cummings already knows he's one of Kentucky's most important 2020 recruits, and he knows it with greater certainty than ever before following Saturday's junior day in Lexington.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver, a junior at Male High School, is rated a high three-star (5.7 RR) prospect and has a number of Power Five offers already. Given Kentucky's ongoing effort to bolster the receiver position to make the offense more balanced, UK's interest in Cummings makes perfect sense.

The junior day was just Cummings' latest opportunity to spend time around the program.

"I had a great time there. You could feel the energy even before the game started," the three-star receiver from Louisville told Cats Illustrated after the conclusion of the junior day event.

Cummings received plenty of attention from UK's coaching staff. It was a team effort in terms of making him feel welcome and wanted.

Vince Marrow, Eddie Gran, Michael Smith and "the man himself," in Cummings' words (meaning Mark Stoops) all spoke with him at length.

And their message?

"That they want me on the team. They need playmakers and someone who's gonna make that spectacular play. They need that game changer," Cummings said.

Cummings said UK's need on the outside is a factor he will consider but he doesn't just want to be thought of as a traditional wide out.

"That's where I mainly play but I would also like to be utilized other places as well, just to find mismatches and give the opponents a hard time," Cummings said.

Cummings said he will visit Louisville next weekend but that is the only other trip on his calendar.