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UK commit Shawnkel Knight-Goff is “freak of nature”

Shawnkel Knight-Goff


It has been a good week for Kentucky football.

Louisville Doss defensive end Shawnkel Knight-Goff became the fourth player to verbally commit to UK this week when he made his decision Friday. He joins three-star lineman Jake Pope, three-star cornerback Jalen Geiger and three-star quarterback Nick Scalzo in the 2019 recruiting class after they made their decisions earlier this week.

Last week Kentucky also added lineman Eli Cox of West Jessamine after not signing any in-state players in its 2018 recruiting class.

Knight-Goff also played running back at Doss last year and had scholarship offers from Louisville, Purdue, Cincinnati, Indiana and others.

Knight-Goff was recruited by UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, who has recently taken over as the lead recruiter in Kentucky just like he is in Ohio. Knight-Goff was at UK’s Blue-White Game in April and had also made other visits to Kentucky.

Marrow is also making a big push in Louisville with running back Aidan Robbins of Manual, defensive end J.J. Weaver of Moore and athlete Milton Wright of Louisville Christian. All are big-time players — Wright has an offer from Alabama among his list of big-time schools while Weaver has Georgia, Miami and many others as well. Robbins has over 20 offers, including four in the Southeastern Conference.

“That is my buddy. He is a freak of nature,” Robbins said about Knight-Goff. “Kentucky got a good one in him. He’s 6-4, 210 and can move. He plays basketball and runs track. He’s fast, big and strong. He’s really good.
“I have known him since about sixth grade. We have been talking about this for months. It doesn’t surprise me he did it. I just didn’t think he was going to commit this soon.”

Robbins said Marrow has made it clear to him that he’s a recruiting priority just like Weaver and Wright also are.

“I grew up with all these guys,” Robbins said. “Coach Marrow really likes us all a lot.”


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  1. This kid seems to be a little on the slight side to play defensive end or even linebacker at the college level, especially in the SEC, but I think he would have the makings for a great strong safety.

  2. Great news. Keep the good ones at home in Kentucky is the key. This is a good football player who will put on weight, and at 6-4 has the height. I am glad he has made a big step in becoming a “Wildcat.”

  3. Once you get them, you still have to develop them. Stoops has a lot of improvement to do in that area.

  4. OF…..development has been a problem since Stoop’s arrival…maybe this year will be different

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