By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky picked up its 11th verbal commitment for the 2019 recruiting class Sunday when Louisville Butler receiver Demontae Crumes picked the Wildcats.
What makes this commitment even more interesting is that Crumes was a one-time Louisville commit. He stayed committed to Louisville for about two months before reopening his recruitment.
The 6-1, 170-pound Crumes was timed in 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash during a camp in Nashville.
His other offers included Oregon, Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Memphis and Western Kentucky.
He’s regarded as one of the top 10 recruits in Kentucky in a loaded 2019 recruiting class and is a major recruiting win for coach Mark Stoops and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow in Louisville.
Kentucky had an edge because Crumes grew up a UK fan. But he also connected well with new Kentucky receivers coach Michael Smith and made four unofficial visits to UK. He will take an official visit to Kentucky in July.
Crumes had 30 receptions for 770 yards — an average of 25 yards per catch — last season. Fourteen of his 30 catches went for touchdowns, including one for 84 yards.