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Top 10 Running Back, Jamarion Wilcox, Commits to Kentucky

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At the end of November, Kentucky football’s recruiting class looked bleak and it looked as if the program may take a step back after losing several key veterans. However, in the month of December, Mark Stoops and Co completely changed that.

Signing several talented players from high school and the portal, Kentucky has a top-30 recruiting class via 247Sports and it just got better. On Friday, Jamarion Wilcox, one of the best available runnings backs in the 2023 class, announced his commitment to Kentucky.

Wilcox committed to the Wildcats over his other three finalists which include Auburn, Clemson, and Ohio State.

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With a stout 5-foot-10, 195-pound frame, Wilcox has elite speed and is a great playmaker, who also has the ability to catch passes out of the backfield if necessary on pass plays. With his versatility, he will be a fantastic weapon for the coming years out of the Kentucky backfield.

Wilcox ran for 2,059 yards and 29 TDs in his senior season at South Paulding in Georgia, averaging a ridiculous 9 yards per carry. It is also promising that he was named Running Back MVP of the Under Armour All-America Camp last February in Atlanta.

An impressive senior season propelled Wilcox’s recruiting ranking going from unranked to top ten running back according to Rivals, which coincided with the aforementioned offers from Clemson and Ohio State. It would not be out of the question for a player of Wilcox’s caliber to take significant snaps as a true freshman.

Stoops and Kentucky have made a fantastic push in the last month to improve this recruiting class and Wilcox is the latest player to add to this success.

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Take a look at Wilcox’s senior highlight tape below.

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Kentucky Transfer’s Father Speaks Out Against Kentucky Football Staff

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Destin Wade and Keaten Wade are transferring from Kentucky football.
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Now two days after the the transfer portal has opened, the Kentucky Wildcats have had a dozen players enter. Two of those players are the Wade twins, Destin and Keaten, who committed to Kentucky as a three-star quarterback and 4-star edge in the 2022 class.

The Wade twin’s father, Steve Wade, recently spoke to Maurice Patton of the Main Street Muary, a local Newspaper in Maury County, Tennessee about his sons’ decision to enter the portal.

As for why? “They (Kentucky) didn’t keep their promises up there. We’re not going to go for that,” Steve said. “I’m mainly talking about Destin, not Keaten.”

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Two seasons into each of their collegiate career, one was on a path to success, while the other was not, unfortunately.

Keaten Wade, listed as a 6-foot-5, 250-pound sophomore outside linebacker, collected a total of 51 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a pass deflection in two seasons as a promising piece on the Kentucky defense. Destin Wade (6-3, 223) appeared in just one game at quarterback during his time at Kentucky, going up against Iowa in the Music City Bowl. In the game, he was 16-30 for just 98 yards, threw two pick-sixes, and only advanced in Iowa territory twice on 13 drives, going as far as the 36-yard line.

“They (Kentucky) threw him in that bowl game and never did give him a chance to redeem himself, under circumstances that nobody could have really did anything with, Iowa being the No. 2, No. 3 defense in the country,” Steve said. “We were promised by (Kentucky offensive coordinator Liam) Coen that Destin ‘was too good an athlete to just be sitting on the bench’. We did our part, we trusted in Kentucky to do theirs.”

Bringing in NC State transfer Devin Leary this season, Steve claims that Destin could have been just as good if he was given an opportunity to compete.

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“Destin could have been just as good as that quarterback (Leary) we had this year,” Steve Wade said. “There’s nothing any of those guys sitting in that quarterback room couldn’t have done (that Leary did). They didn’t give him an opportunity to even compete. So we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do. He’s got to get on the field somewhere.”

As far as Keaten, Steve was satisfied that he played, but not satisfied that he was not a starter. “They let Keaten play, but he still didn’t get the reps he should have gotten as being a starter,” Steve said.

One reason Steve gives as to why his sons didn’t play as much as they deserved was because of NIL, allowing “worthless” players to get more playing time just because they were paid.

“It makes it that much more difficult for kids that are on scholarship because they’re paying these other guys money to come in — They’re looking for those players to play,” he said. “The school’s going to play those guys, whether they’re worthless or not.

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All the best to the Wade twins and their family, but this is simply some parental delusion as Steve Wade overestimates his sons’ talent.

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Kentucky Receives Commitment from Georgia Transfer QB Brock Vandagriff

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The Kentucky Wildcats have found their quarterback for next season, and potentially the next two seasons. On Thursday morning, Georgia transfer quarterback Brock Vandagriff announced his commitment to Kentucky, with the caption “Ready to get to work.”

Vandagriff has been a name silently floated around since the end of the season as his sister plays volleyball at Eastern Kentucky and his father has a relationship with Liam Coen.

At Georgia the last three seasons, Vandagriff was a backup and saw limited action. However, he was a backup to some pretty good talent, first to Stetson Bennett who won back-to-back national titles with the Bulldogs, and Carson Beck this season who finished this season fourth nationally in passing yards.

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Before his time at Georgia, Vandagriff was a five-star quarterback in the 2021 class, ranked as the 4th ranked QB overall by 247Sports’ Composite rankings. Holding offers from the top names in college football including Alabama and LSU, Vandagriff had his choice and originally committed to play for Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma before flipping to Georgia.

The talent is clearly there and there are not many better ways to gain preparation than by practicing against one of the best defenses in college football the last three seasons.

Kentucky will also add 2024 four-star Cutter Boley to the QB room for next season and another transfer for depth whom the staff is still searching for. That said, just two days after the portal opened, Kentucky has filled one of their biggest needs, if not the biggest, of this offseason.

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BREAKING: Kentucky Football Flips Running Back from Cincinnati

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Kentucky football has received a commitment from three-star running back Jason Patterson.
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Hours ahead of when five-star basketball prospect Jayden Quaintance is supposed to announce his decision, which is expected to be Kentucky, the Kentucky football program received a commitment of their own.

Three-star running back prospect, Jason Patterson, flipped his commitment from Cincinnati to Kentucky on Tuesday morning, citing “I’m home.”

Patterson is a prospect that Kentucky has wanted for a while and for good reason. He led Florida in rushing last season with 2,721 yards and 35 TD. Kentucky certainly put a lot of effort in and was thought the be the leader for Patterson for a long time. That is why it was a surprise when he committed to Cincinnati in early August. Since then the Kentucky staff and some commits have put the pressure on, ultimately leading to the flip.

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One such commit UK quarterback commitment is Cutter Boley. Patterson and Boley have been close friends for a long time and have maintained their friendship through their respective recruitments.

With the addition of Patterson, Kentucky’s class ranking has jumped from 21st to 20th nationally, and still ranks 11th in the SEC (including Oklahoma and Texas).

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