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.