By LARRY VAUGHT
Shawnkel Knight-Goff is a Kentucky Wildcat — for the second time.
After originally making his verbal commitment to UK in May and then changing his mind a few weeks later, the 6-4, 210-pound Louisville Doss defensive end announced during halftime of his high school game Friday that he was again committed to Kentucky.
Kentucky now has 19 commitments in its 2019 recruiting class. More importantly, he gives UK a third in-state commit to go along with Butler receiver Demontae Crumes and West Jessamine offensive lineman Eli Cox. All three Kentuckians are three-star recruits.
Knight-Goff, who has nine quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles this year, is the fifth highest rated recruit in Kentucky’s 2019 class. He’s the ninth ranked player in Kentucky.
He had offers from Purdue, Louisville, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Austin Peay, Miami (Ohio) and Western Kentucky.
Louisville commit Adian Robbins, a Manual running back who also considered UK, praised Knight-Goff’s skills in an earlier interview with me.
“That is my buddy. He is a freak of nature,” Robbins said. “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.”
Kentucky is also still pursuing three other highly ranked in-state players — Western Hills athlete Wandale Robinson, Louisville Moore linebacker J.J. Weaver and Louisville Christian Academy receiver Milton Wright.