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What Alex Reigelsperger’s Decommitment Means for UK


If you are worried that Mark Stoops has lost his recruiting ways after Alex Reigelsperger’s decommitment, don’t.  If you are worried about Kentucky’s class after losing a four-star “class leader,” don’t.

The Cats will be just fine.

First, from a talent and depth perspective the Cats are LOADED on the edge.  Even if Josh Allen and Denzil Ware enter the NFL Draft, Josh Paschal is one of just three elite edge talents from the ’17 class.  Jordan Bonner, Boogie Watson and Jaylin Bannerman can also factor into the equation, but there’s so much talent at Jack and Sam the latter two players changed positions.

It also should be noted that the class of 2018 has another edge rusher committed, Davoan Hawkins.  From Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Florida, a school that will send four players to UK next year, Hawkins was one of the first to commit in the 2018 class.

When Reigelsperger initially committed to Kentucky, many said the defensive end would be a “leader” in the 2018 class.  That term gets easily confused for “recruiter.”  In Reigelsperger’s case, being teammates with Blue Smith only accentuated that misconception.  When a recruit makes a lot of chatter on social media, fans take that for more than what it is.  Reigelsperger had a presence in “UK Recruiting Twitter,” but that doesn’t necessarily translate to “on the field leader.”

As the dust settles, fans should be reminded that the Kentucky football team lost a four-star recruit and it’s not a big deal.  The Cats still have a Top 25 class that features two All-Americans, a stud inside linebacker, the highest-ranked recruit in the state of Michigan (an O-lineman at that) and Kentucky’s quarterback of the future.

The Cats will be just fine.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

16 responses to “What Alex Reigelsperger’s Decommitment Means for UK”

  1. Bill Selfs Hair Piece

    Our 2 best players are Josh Allen, a former 2-star, and Stephen Johnson, a guy who never saw the field at Grambling. We always freak out when we lose a 4-star but it seems to be the guys with the chip on their shoulders that turn out the best.

  2. BLUEVADER

    Sugar coat it however this decommit sucks and hurts!!

  3. Rembrandt

    Bottom line is Reigelsperger didn’t want to compete with Josh Paschal, Jordan Wright, and Alex King. Like the column said, Kentucky is already loaded on the edges of the defense. This story will be as dead as fried chicken once the next commit happens.

  4. runningunnin.454

    WHO?

    1. AGSlater

      Ridiculous. I bet when he committed you wet your pants. You agree with anything on here

    2. runningunnin.454

      Don’t you get tired of being a moron?

  5. AGSlater

    He was probably a consensus 3 star. Ksr takes the highest recruiting ranking from every source. Get out and get some lineman. We have 10 qbs

    1. runningunnin.454

      He’ not a quarterback, moron; if you can’t keep up…go away.

  6. Bluebloodtoo

    Sounds to me like an indicator of something good (being overstocked on quality depth) moreso than an indicator of something bad (UK not the place he wanted to be). I could understand picking Alabama, Auburn, OK, etc over UK, but Minnesota? That really suggested to me that it wasn’t related to the quality of the school.

  7. Cokey_2

    All he said was that he was reopening his commitment.

    1. Cokey_2

      Recruitment*

  8. Twick39

    He probably got tired of Dawson bugging the piss out of him

  9. jccuk

    Thought the same – Minnesota? Probably wants to be rebuilder versus a player in the SEC.

  10. MericaJake

    Dawson will be whining tomorrow.

  11. notFromhere

    It’s too bad, but in the end we want people that want to be here, and that is the bottom line. Wish him well and on his way.

    Better now than getting him on campus and finding out he didn’t want to compete, and have him transfer.

  12. chris43

    “Commitment” in college football means NOTHING until they sign. However I do find it EXTREMELY funny that he was trying so hard to get others to come to UK but ends up jumping ship himself. I swear if I was Stoops and after looking around he decides the grass isn’t greener on the other side…..I’d say too bad buddy! You made your bed now lay in it.