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Kentucky Mr. Football D’Mauriae VanCleave Commits to Wofford


This year’s Mr. Football for the state of Kentucky has committed to play college football at the next level. Danville receiver D’Mauriae VanCleave has decided to continue his career at Wofford College in South Carolina.

After leading his team to a Class 2A State Title VanCleave held a preferred walk on offer to play at Kentucky but the speedy receiver has decided to take a scholarship offer from Wofford.

VanCleave had quite the career at Danville finishing his four years with 220 receptions for 3,012 yards and 73 touchdowns to go along with 112 tackles and 16 interceptions.

VanCleave will join fellow Kentuckians Mason Alstatt, Kent Phelps, and RJ Taylor at Wofford.

Congrats to VanCleave for an impressive high school career, best of luck on the next level!


Article written by Eli Mitchell

University of Kentucky Class of 2020

31 responses to “Kentucky Mr. Football D’Mauriae VanCleave Commits to Wofford”

  1. Robert

    Meanwhile, QB from Covington Catholic puts up unprecedented stats, wins the State championship, holds multiple DI scholarships, headed to Miami University doesn’t get a sniff? Makes no sense to me. His younger brother is a beast TE, that UK would love to sign. Already has all the majors offering. Too bad most in the state pay no attention to teams in NKY.

    1. unbridled

      Aj is a special player. I could see an argument for Mayer or Rondale Moore to win Mr football. I don’t understand how neither of those players won? Baffling!

  2. RexRox

    Mr. Football of Kentucky should be an automatic offer from UK. Same in basketball.

    1. BBNDan7

      No, no it shouldn’t.

  3. Cletis75

    I think this kid looks like a Darren Sproles type back. Stoops should definitely be interested in him. He looks faster than anyone on our team. You can’t teach that. Big mistake if we can’t flip him.

  4. chardun20

    It might be his size keeping him from getting big time offers.

  5. RajonTheDon9

    Done with QBs from NKY. JLo ain’t walking thru that door.

    1. unbridled

      Aj Mayer is arguably better than J Lo

  6. natertatter


    1. BBNDan7

      His best offer is Wofford, so you want us to compete in the SEC with players like that? Lol

    2. bigbluehank

      You truly believe UK couldn’t use a guy with 4.3 speed?

  7. satcheluk

    Lol, you knuckleheads want us to offer a guy who’s best offer is from Wofford? Glad you aren’t in charge of recruiting.

    1. unbridled

      Which makes winning the Mr football award more perplexing.

    2. bigbluehank

      Yes, because the staff has never made a mistake when evaluating talent :/

  8. Kat4Life

    Any state player of the year that goes to a place like Wofford makes me question the selection

    1. unbridled

      Thank you. Rondale Moore played in Kentucky. How didn’t he win?

    2. Kat4Life

      That is a damned good question

  9. ClutchCargo

    I believe I will leave it up to the coaching staff to decide who to offer a scholarship. Pretty sure they have earned that.

    1. notFromhere


  10. Robert

    Here are AJ Mayer’s stats to think about: 3,200 yards passing for 40 TDS. Runs for 550 and another 11 touchdowns. Team goes not only undefeated and wins a state championship, but accumulates all of the above when they institute a running clock during 12 out of 15 games. And does not Win Mr Football? The voters should be ashamed!

    1. unbridled

      Trust me, I would have been ecstatic if aj would have won and he would have definitely been deserving. Mayer is ultra competitive, tough as nails, extremely intelligent, makes BIG time throws, huge arm, deadly accurate, and phenomenal kid. But I do think Rondale Moore might have had a slight advantage. Regardless, the fact that neither moore nor Mayer won Mr football is indicative of a non-catholic school bias in my estimation.

    2. Kat4Life

      I absolutely agree……Trinity has guys sitting on its bench that would be superstars if they played Bell County and Frog Lick every Friday night. Agree Moore and Mayer are both better candidates than the next big thing at Wofford…….

    3. catsbyahunnit

      Danville also beat 6A Frederick Douglas (who finished 10-3) 36-0 and beat 6A Tates Creek (who finished 9-3), 4A Knox Central (who finished 8-4), and 3A state champs Boyle County. They also beat multiple other 5A and 3A schools, and won all but 3 games by double digits, including the state championship.

    4. unbridled

      Trinity played various schools from around the country that are perennially good. It’s not really a comparison from where I’m sitting. Trinity was nationally ranked. It’s just different

    5. catsbyahunnit

      I hear you, but it’s not as if Danville was playing KSD every week. Of course Trinity played a tougher schedule, but Danville punched up early and often and won every game. The kid put up video game stats over the course of the season, and not just against the weaker 2A teams they played. His stats against the best teams Danville played:
      Frederick Douglas (won 36-0): 5 carries for 32 yards, 2 TDs. 4 catches for 27 yards, 1 pick-six, 1 2PC.
      Boyle (won 10-7): 3 carries for 40 yards, 2 catches for 10 yards
      Tates Creek (won 27-24): 5 carries for 30 yards, 7 catches for 76 yards, 1 TD.
      LCA (game 1, won 44-28): 5 carries for 31 yards, 8 catches for 206 yards, 3 TDs
      LCA (game 2, won 49-7): 5 carries for 20 yards, 7 catches for 128 yards, 2 TDs, pick-six
      Glasgow (state semi, won 43-0): 4 carries for 98 yards, 2 TDs, 6 catches for 96 yards, TD
      Mayfield (state champ, won 35-21): 10 carries for 103 yards, 2 TDs, 5 catches for 42 yards, TD

    6. unbridled

      I understand but look at Rondale Moore’s season stats. Very similar…if not better. Rondale Moore had 20 catches in a game…against Cincinnati Moeller. I don’t care if they were all bubble screens. That’s just stupid.

  11. catsbyahunnit

    I hope UK does turn the heat up on him… the kid averaged a first down every time he touched the ball this year (more yards per catch and yards per carry than Damien Harris, which was blogged about constantly on this site when UK was actively recruiting him). He likely didn’t get a ton of D1 offers due to his small frame and the fact that he played for a school with 500 total students (even though they were undefeated state champs). I’m sure the staff knows what they’re doing, but he’s supposedly a class act. And you can’t teach 4.3 speed.

    1. catsbyahunnit

      He also scored 29 total touchdowns in 15 games, which is pretty good.

    2. unbridled

      Kid is great no doubt but stats don’t tell the entire story. I do not think he is the best player in the state.

  12. bigbluehank

    I’m sure the staff knows what they’re doing, as catsbyahunnit mentioned. But what is the downside of taking a flyer on this kind of talent? If I recall, the Cats had a player in the late 90’s from a small in-state school with similar measurables…ended up being the SEC’s career receptions leader for some time. This team doesn’t have the luxury of passing on this kind of talent.

  13. bigbluehank

    If in-state stalwarts like Elam and Barker are considered talented enough to wear the blue and white, there’s no reason this guy shouldn’t be extended the same opportunity.