By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky’s 2019 football recruiting class took a bit of a hit Sunday when four-star defensive back Keontra Smith of Florida flipped his commitment from UK to Miami. He was considered one of the top 15 players in Florida in the 2019 recruiting class.
The top 15 safety in the 2019 recruiting rankings announced on Twitter he was now committed to Miami as many had been speculating for several weeks that he would be.
“This journey has not been easy for me at all,” Smith posted on Twitter.
Smith was UK’s first commitment in the 2019 class back in June of 2017. Since then UK has added Ohio four-star safety Moses Douglas to its recruiting class.
Chaminade Madonna High School in Hollywood, Fla., had three players — receivers Marvin Alexander and Akeem Hayes and defensive lineman Davoan Hawkins — in UK’s 2018 recruiting class and two signees in 2017 —receiver Josh Ali and linebacker Chris Whitakker.
Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, never one to mince words, made it clear on Twitter that UK fans should not overreact to Smith’s decision.
“We only want guys that want to be here. Trust me BBN, we are going to get it done. I believe in @UKCoachStoops and our team. Let’s go,” Marrow posted.