By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports
ENGLEWOOD — Lemon Bay quarterback Hayden Wolff will have at least one collegiate offer — if not more — when he begins his junior season next month.
Wolff received his first scholarship offer from Kentucky on Wednesday after he competed in the school’s Friday Night Lights camp on July 14. Kentucky quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw was impressed with Wolff, who competed against four and five-star quarterbacks from the 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes with multiple Division I offers.
Josh Clark of Gain Sports, who is Wolff’s 7-on-7 coach, called the gunslinger on Wednesday to deliver the good news. Wolff attended another camp at Kentucky back in June and made it an effort to attend the school’s most recent camp to show his interest in being a Wildcat.
Wolff says there were about 40 quarterbacks in all at the camp, but six in particular that Hinshaw took an eye to.
One of those was Wolff.
“I was at the camp in early June and I love the campus and I love the coaches and I decided that I was going to come back to this camp and try and build a better relationship with them,” Wolff said. “I just competed as hard as I could and showed (Hinshaw) that I got better since June when he last saw me. He really liked that about me — how I was competitive.”
Kentucky also liked Wolff’s dedication. To make the trip to the camp, Wolff flew by himself to Lexington, took an Uber to his aunt’s house, and then later took another Uber to the field because she was working late and was unable to drive him.
Wolff even took an Uber back to the house. He wasn’t going to miss this camp.
“He really liked that part about how I was kind of independent and was able to kind of take leadership of myself, just be able to do my own thing,” Wolff said.
The solo trip to Lexington, Kentucky was certainly worthwhile, even more so now that Wolff has his first official offer under his belt. But Wolff also spoke of the experience having a big impact on him as a player.
“It was a really cool experience. They had music blasting, they had all their recruits there so it was just a really good experience to compete and see where I was against other kids from around the country,” Wolff said.
In 10 games as a sophomore, Wolff threw for 883 yards and four touchdowns but he expects those numbers to rise this season. So does Kentucky, and Wolff plans to make it happen.
“They really like my competitiveness. They said I was very fundamentally sound. They liked how I was able to take leadership of the group. They had their four and five-star recruits there and I didn’t shy down from those. I kind of stood out in drills and really just did my best to show them I worked hard to get the offer so I’m looking forward to continuing to show him that throughout the season with my team,” Wolff said.