By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky added a preferred walk-on to its 2019 recruiting class Wednesday when 6-4, 195-pound Kalon Howard of Louisville Moore — a teammate of Kentucky commit J.J. Weaver — announced he would play for the Wildcats.
He had 87 tackles in 12 games, many probably because teams were not wanting to run at Weaver. But he had eight quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions — with one going for a touchdown return.
“Proves that hard work does pay off,” Moore assistant principal Traci Byrd said. “So proud of his eight-point ACT increase and becoming college read. Now he is taking his football talents to the next level with J.J. and (UK recruiting coordinator) Vince Marrow.”
Howard transferred to Moore from Iroquois and led the team in tackles.
“Kalon is a kid that knows the struggle. He didn’t even consider a walk-on situation until a few weeks ago and told him about his options,” Byrd said.
He had some scholarship options but decided having a chance to be part of Kentucky football in the SEC was what he wanted.
“He’s been busting his tail in the classroom. He has a 3.4 GPA (grade-point average) and I am really proud of him,” Morris said.