By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky might be establishing a football recruiting pipeline in Michigan and starting to dominate in-state recruiting. But the Wildcats also have quite an Australian punting pipeline going too.
It started with Columbia transfer Matt Panton in 2017 and continued with All-American Max Duffy the last two years — and he’s expected to be the nation’s top punter in 2020.
Now another Australian, Wilson Berry, has announced his verbal commitment in UK’s 2021 recruiting class. He made that announcement on Twitter Monday night — the first tweet he has posted.
“Indebted to the outstanding tutelage and guidance by Nathan Chapman and John Smith of Prokick Australia. Grateful to Coach Louie Matsakis for the opportunity to be a Kentucky Wildcat!” Berry posted on Twitter.
Prokick is the same agency that helped place Duffy at Kentucky. Before the 2019 season Duffy explained to me that part of his agreement was that he would accept the first Division I scholarship offer he got and that was from Kentucky even though he visited a number of other schools, too.
Berry credited Duffy for helping him during his recruitment.
“Thanks to Max Duffy and Jordan Berry for their help and local knowledge. Impossible without the support of my family, friends and everyone that has impacted my development along the journey,” Berry tweeted.
If you don’t recognize Jordan Berry, not only is he the brother of the new UK commit but he’s also the punter for the Pittsburgh Steelers after he came from just north of Melbourne, Australia, to punt for Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond where he earned all-Ohio Valley Conference first-team honors in 2011
And get this — former UK special teams/tight end coach Steve Ortmayer is the one who helped Jordan Berry get his NFL tryout. He got a three-year deal with the Steelers in 2015, got another one-year contract in 2018 and then signed a two-year extension in March of 2019.