By LARRY VAUGHT
After not signing an in-state player in the 2018 recruiting class, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops vowed in-state recruiting was a priority for him.
“I definitely want to continue to make Kentucky our priority. Some years there’s going to be more than others. There’s always a good quality in Kentucky. The quantity is not maybe the same as other states, but there’s always some very good players in here,” Stoops said in February.
Based on what the top 2019 recruits in Kentucky are doing, it doesn’t look that way with UK’s in-state recruiting.
Scott County offensive guard Bryan Hudson is the latest in-state player to decide to play out of state. He verbally committed to Virginia Tech Monday. He’s the top offensive lineman in the state and was offered a scholarship by UK two years ago.
He’s a four-start player and among the top 225 players in the nation. He’s made several unofficial visits to UK, including one in January.
Hudson had scholarship offers from 24 schools, including Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Notre Dame and Florida. However, he said on Twitter he “found a HOME” at Virginia Tech.
South Warren defensive tackle Jacob Lacey has verbally committed to Notre Dame and Trinity defensive end Stephen Herron has done the same with Michigan. Wide receiver Domontae Crumes has committed to Louisville.
Stoops does not have in-state commitment for 2019. Kentucky does have commitments from Ohio defensive back Moses Douglas, Georgia linebacker K.D. McDaniel and Florida defensive back Keonta Smith.