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UK football takes recruiting hit when Louisville Butler receiver Jordan Watkins decommits

Louisville receiver Jordan Watkins gave his verbal commitment to UK earlier but announced Thursday he had changed his mind.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Earlier this week Kentucky coach Mark Stoops talked about how the open week gave him and his staff a “chance to spend time recruiting and get in front of the prospects that we have committed, to continue to recruit and put the finishing touches on this class.”

The Kentucky coach said he thought UK had an “opportunity to have one of the most significant (recruiting) classes” during his time at Kentucky.

Kentucky’s 2020 recruiting class has been ranked in the top 25 but likely will fall below that with the de-commitment of Louisville Butler receiver Jordan Watkins, who visited Louisville last week when the Cardinals beat Boston College. He’s rated as one of the top 10 seniors in Kentucky.

“I want to thank all of Big Blue Nation for supporting me throughout these several months,” Watkins posted on Twitter. “One of the best fan bases in college football. I also want to thank all of the coaches at the University of Kentucky for recruiting me and making me and my family feel at home! With that being said, I will be decommitting from the University of Kentucky. I think it is best for me to open my recruitment back up and continue on my journey.”

The three-star receiver asked for no interview requests to explain why he was backing off his commitment to Kentucky but one would have to think UK’s stagnant offense the last nine quarters certainly influenced him.

Watkins has 27 catches for 509 yards and six touchdowns in seven games this year and has returned one punt for a touchdown.

Kentucky has lost three straight games, all in SEC play, and takes a 2-3 mark into Saturday night’s game with Arkansas.

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  1. Funny how he did not want to come to a team in a downward spiral?

  2. He saw that mess last week at South Carolina would be my guess. UK football is always up and down, no consistency. Been that way since the “Bear” left in the 50’s. If the UK talent is really as good as advertised, it has to be the Coach/coaching. It pains me to say it, but no good athlete wants to go there and languish on the bench. Stoops’ team took a big step backward last week. This is proof. I hope they can right the ship come Sat. night.

    This kid will wind up at Louisville IMO, just watch. Their new head coach, in his first year, has the Cards winning right now, a team that couldn’t get out of their own way last year. He will be a load for UK if Stoops don’t get this team headed in the right direction, and quick. When Louisville comes calling later this year, Stoops will amazingly proclaim at his pre game “presser” “it is just another game, no more important than any other. UK football fans will gasp, and say “really Coach?” Then his team will go out and play like that. Prove me wrong UK, starting with Ark..

  3. It is very difficult to control my emotions at this point in the season…..I know…that is a shock in itself. I have to stick with my thoughts last couple of years that Stoops and staff is not of SEC quality. I really don’t care what they did last year because I still think talent trumped coaching. UL will possibly even be favorite at end of the season if we don’t get this ship righted. Their coach has done an excellent job so far with what he has inherited. We need both lines to man up and wake up and play to the level they have shown at times and we need Stoops/Gran to show some fight, leadership, and ability to coach this team.

  4. I am not the least bit concerned about losing a 3 star receiver.

    1. Norman maybe so, but this decommit put this UK class out of the top 25. Plus, I hate to lose any kid from the state of Kentucky, and especially from Louisville. He was a good one too.

  5. Did I just read that Stoops had a new commit from the no. 8 RB. The shy has not fallen.

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