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BREAKING: Two Kentucky football players transfer, one more expected to leave

PHOTO: Dolcine (247 Sports), Pierre (UK Athletics), and King (KSR)

Lost in the news of Jordan Jones being declared ineligible for the bowl game is the transfer of two other Wildcats, with a third departure being likely.

This afternoon, a University of Kentucky spokeswoman confirmed that offensive tackle Sebastien Dolcine and linebacker Ashtan Pierre will transfer from the program.

Dolcine, a redshirt freshman out of Miramar High School (FL), chose Kentucky out of high school over Central Florida, FAU, Wake Forest, and Temple, among others. 247 Sports rated the 6-foot-4, 300-pound tackle as the No. 555 recruit in the nation. He played in just one game this season.

Pierre, a true freshman at Kentucky, was a three-star linebacker in the class of 2018 out of Deerfield Beach (FL). The 6-foot-2, 195-pound outside linebacker chose Kentucky over Baylor, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, among others out of high school. Going into the year, Pierre nearly failed to qualify due to academic issues, but found a way to get things figured out before making his way to campus in late August.

Beyond Dolcine and Pierre, sources tell KSR that Kentucky running back Sihiem King has also requested transfer paperwork and is expected to leave the program. Unlike the other announced transfers, nothing is official for the senior back as of yet, but the move is expected to happen sooner rather than later.

Back in September, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops announced King would be redshirting this season.

“He’s going to redshirt, and that makes sense,” Stoops said. “I’m in full support of that, that (new redshirt) rule, to me, that’s zero controversy at all.”

When asked if King was expected to transfer at the time, Stoops said he “would address that later.”

If the senior running back graduates in May, he would be eligible to play immediately at another school in 2019.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 Comments for BREAKING: Two Kentucky football players transfer, one more expected to leave

  1. maximumscott
    7:10 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

    LB gone. Xavier Peters coming

    • ClutchCargo
      7:42 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

      Now that would be something!

    • cats646
      8:12 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

      It sure would

  2. zoupman
    7:35 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

    It happens. Sometimes after a year of practice, guys realize they can’t play at this level.

    • hartlines left arm
      7:41 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

      Breaking news three players that had been recruited over and wouldn’t see the field again decided to go to other schools where they might get playing time. Nothing Burger here.

  3. Han
    7:46 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

    I actually thought it was already confirmed King was gone a while back, which is why discussions of next year without Benny always started with Rose but never mentioned King.

  4. ClutchCargo
    8:30 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

    No offense to any of those guys, but they were going to get recruited over every year. Hate to lose any OL depth, though.

    • JASUN74
      10:27 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

      I hear ya Clutch, we will try to recruit over every player, for better ones, of course, and sometimes they’ve got to leave if they ever want to play.

      But , man I hate to see any O-line players leave, . Especially one that’s already over 300 that we’ve been training and developed for a year already.

      Just can’t find athletic 300 pounders everyday. Lol. If he’s not good enough is one thing, but this guy would play eventually, and you’re spot on about having depth on the line. I’m sure he say that he probably wouldn’t play until his junior or senior year and decided it was best.

      It does show how much our staff is adding better and better talent though. We’re going to have some really nice guys the next few years.

      I have so much respect for Coach Stoops and the whole staff, and tomorrow is killing me looking at the clock. Hahah. I’m sure they wanted Sebastian to stay, but I’m also sure we’re going to fantastic , and only getting better.

      I have never been as excited as I am about Kentucky Football, as a whole!!! I know I say it all the time , but I’m really just so Proud of what we’re doing, and where we’re headed. When we can get into the top ten recruiting classes, year in and year out, with the way we develop, we’ll be in contention for the playoffs every year.

      Stoops is finally getting it as a Head Coach in the SEC , and he’s done it pretty quick really. He’s building us to a National Contender, and putting us in the thoughts of the National landscape. I couldn’t have asked for a better Coach and staff.

      Sorry bud. I get started, and can’t quit writing. Lol. This started over losing a player, and went to This. Hahaha. Anyway thanks, and you’re right again. GO CATS!!!!

      Final Score= 32 — 3 KENTUCKY over PENN ST.

    • My Dixie Wrecked
      7:08 am December 19, 2018 Permalink

      Where does Kentucky stand in SEC recruiting rankings?

  5. Wildfelinebeeline
    8:56 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

    It’s all that damned Penny Hardtopay’s fault!

  6. truBLU
    9:06 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

    King is a very good scatback type of RB. Unfortunately for him, our offense has evolved to phase out the scatback. Same thing has happened to the true pocket passer.

  7. notFromhere
    10:09 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

    Disappointed to hear but wish the best for all of them. Really thought they would try to use King like they do Bowden. Must not have been enough interest on his part.

    Dolcine surprises me. Losing lots of players on the oline. Could the transfer be a big time lineman? That would be way too shocking, but welcome even if it sends some into nonfatal cardiac arrest.

    Pierre is disappointing because they seemed to really think he had potential. Stars don’t mean a kid can’t or won’t be great. I think he’ll do well long term if he can stay eligible

  8. bcvfd626
    10:22 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

    I hope the cryptic tweets Lynn Bowden is putting out isn’t a sign he is leaving. Bowden will be a special player next year. Really hope it’s for the Cats…

    • JASUN74
      10:34 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

      What tweet would that be? Sorry bud! I don’t do Twitter.

    • bcvfd626
      10:42 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

      In the past day, “gotta take a step back and think for a sec” “can’t be out here letting folks hold you back” “some decisions are harder than others” “could be a all American” “if I ain’t happy, I ain’t happy”. Those are tweets just from the past day.

  9. Bluebloodtoo
    10:49 pm December 18, 2018 Permalink

    I hear a lot of ” recruiting over” talk on here, but that puts the blame on the coaches. Last time i checked, a 2 star recruit just won a bunch of national level defensive awards. Good thing the coaches didn’t recruit over him.

    • My Dixie Wrecked
      7:11 am December 19, 2018 Permalink

      What % of 2-stars win awards compared with 5-stars? Maybe Saban is doing it all wrong. Maybe he should fill his team with 2-stars…