Justin Day became the 8th commitment for Kentucky’s 2013 football recruiting class on Friday when he made his decision official. Day is a 6-8, 290 pound offensive tackle from Aiken, South Carolina. He is rated as the 124th best offensive lineman in the class. Day made no secret of his excitement, proclaiming “This is the best day ever.” Day went on about being eager to join the Wildcats following the time he spent in Lexington for camp a few weeks ago. Day said he can see himself growing up to be a man in Lexington after spending time around the program, coaches and players. Day’s awareness of the Kentucky program was in part fueled by his stepdad, who was born in Bardstown and has always loved Kentucky.
Day’s journey from Aiken, South Carolina to Lexington, Kentucky has covered more than just miles. Prompted by his high school coaches, Day made the move from the defensive line to the offensive line this off-season, though he probably will still play some on the defensive side for his high school team. The off-season move seemed to pay off, as the move culminated in a commitment to Kentucky after a strong showing at camp.
Day spoke with the Augusta Chronicle about his move, “I didn’t argue or make it a big deal. I just listened. I found out I was naturally good at it.” According to Day’s coaches, he may even add up to 20-pounds without sacrificing his abilities.
Day’s coaches had positive words to say about the move as well, “We just saw how athletic he was and how long he was too. He’s a team player, a coachable kid.”
The Kentucky staff offered Day in May, but he needed some time before settling on Lexington as his new home. He held offers from Charlotte and Southern Miss as well. As with many recruits, the appeal of playing in the SEC was a major draw and plus for Kentucky. Day also said he enjoyed the size and feel of the city.
“It’s not a big city, it’s more homey. You see people walking around the streets, going to stores, going outside. It’s more relaxed. I thought it was going to be a big city. Honestly, I never thought I would be playing in the SEC. I never thought of it. Now that it’s here, it’s like, ‘Wow.’ I love the SEC.”
Shoutout to all the people in May who were walking around the streets, going into stores and in general being outside. Who knew we were all part of Joker’s recruiting strategy? Way to go, guys.
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