On Thursday night, it was announced that Kentucky football’s co-defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach, Jon Sumrall, would be taking the head coaching position at Troy University.
Prior to his departure, Sumrall helped develop Jamin Davis into a first-round NFL draft pick and was one of the best recruiters on the Kentucky staff. In his three seasons at Kentucky, Sumrall was able to bring in eight recruits, three of which being four-star recruits.
Most recently, Sumrall was the lead recruiter for Anthony Jordan, a three-star athlete and one of the world’s fastest high school sprinters.
In a past interview with Larry Vaught, Anthony mentioned the recent passing of his father and called Sumrall a “father figure”. With that being said, it would be understandable if he wanted to follow Sumrall to Troy or reopen his recruitment.
I reached out to Anthony himself to see where his head was, and he is not wavering from his commitment to Kentucky, saying, “I respect the decision coach Sumrall made, but also I’m still with BBN. Just a hard thing to process, but yeah tune in.”
While we wish Jon Sumrall our best wishes in his new journey at Troy, it is important that the Cats are able to keep Anthony to add as a wide receiver, a position that has been in much need for nearly the entire Stoops tenure.
If you haven’t seen or heard of Anthony yet, know that Kentucky is getting a very talented athlete.
Anthony’s speed is no exaggeration. As a junior at the Nike Outdoor Nationals, he placed first in the 100m dash with a time of 10.21 seconds and runner-up in the 200m dash with a time of 20.57. According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, Anthony’s 100m time of 10.21 ranks 2nd, and 200m time of 20.57 ranks 4th, in the world in the under 18 category.
As a fringe four-star and top-500 recruit, Anthony’s abilities are just impressive on the football field, and with his speed, he has the potential to be a big playmaker.
Prior to choosing Kentucky, Anthony’s impressive abilities earned him scholarship offers from elite track and field programs such as LSU, Alabama, and Florida State. These were in addition to his football offers from programs such as Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.
Liam Coen’s offensive system puts an emphasis on speed, and Anthony has the perfect skillset to succeed. Not to mention, Anthony plans to continue his track and field career at Kentucky.
Check out Anthony’s senior highlight reel below!