By LARRY VAUGHT
Saturday was a double Yahtzee day for Kentucky.
Coach Mark Stoops got verbal commitments from Alabama offensive lineman Joshua Jones after he had made a campus visit last week and a few hours later Louisville Butler receiver Jordan Watkins did the same to give UK’s 2020 recruiting class a big bump.
Here’s what Watkins posted on social media:
“First I would like to thank God for the abilities he has given me! I want to give my most appreciation to my parents. Y’all have gave up more than I could ever ask for to make my dream turn into a reality and I will always be grateful for that!
“Next, I would like to give a huge shoutout to any coach who has ever helped me get to where I am now. Whether it’s a baseball, basketball or football coach y’all have helped me become a better athlete and a better man. I would also like to give a shoutout to the Butler High School community for welcoming me with open arms and making me apart of the family.
“Thank you for all the coaches that took the time to build a relationship with me and gave me the opportunity to play for their program during this process. With that being said I am blessed to announce that I am 110% committed to the University of Kentucky. BBN here I come!!!”
Watkins has been timed under 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and is among the state’s top 10 prospects — but don’t be surprised to see him a lot higher than that when the 2019 season ends. The 6-0, 180-pound Watkins has been fairly lightly recruited but Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow had made him a priority in recent weeks.
Jones is a three-star offensive lineman out of Phenix City was obviously impressed with his first visit to Kentucky and decided to pick the Cats over LSU, Tennessee and Florida State. He said Saturday he had told UK coaches several days earlier he was committing. He also said there would be no de-commitment out of him.
Kentucky already had commitments from running backs Torrance Davis and JuTahn McClain, linebacker D’Eryk Jackson, defensive lineman Justin Rogers, cornerback Andru Phillips, quarterback Beau Allen and offensive lineman John Young.