Couple of quick football-related notes and links for this draft eve:
–According to this report from the Dallas Morning News, Kentucky has received a verbal commitment for 2011 from Blake Terry (pictured) of Denton (TX) Guyer High School. Terry is a natural linebacker who will shift to the line out of necessity for his high school team in the fall. He is projected to play linebacker at the next level and is a two-star prospect according to Scout and unranked on Rivals. He chose the Cats over offers from Louisiana-Monroe, UT-San Antonio, Sam Houston State and Colorado State.
Terry said the opportunity to play in the SEC was what drove him to choose Kentucky:
“Going to play in the SEC was big,” said the 6-foot, 235-pound senior-to-be. “That’s my type of ball game. I like smash-mouth style and a lot of running [the ball]. That’s what led me to Kentucky. I’ve always wanted to play in the SEC. I thought it was awesome that Kentucky showed interest in me, and I took it.”
—Good writeup from Larry Vaught on Kentucky receiver Chris Matthews. He’ll need to step up this season to make things easier for whichever quarterback is throwing him the ball and it seems like he is ready to do it.
–ESPN’s SEC blogger Chris Low takes a look at strength coaches around the conference. If you don’t know Rock Oliver, count yourself lucky because his intensity will melt you, but also read the article to learn about the man behind the bench press for Kentucky’s football Cats.
–The last note is one that isn’t quite as exciting. Micah Johnson was released by the Giants earlier this week, along with four other players. It’s a tough break for Micah, who will certainly get another shot at playing on Sundays. Here’s to hoping the next stop will be the one where he can make it happen for good.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned and Go America!