Mark Stoops and company continues its hot streak on in-state prospects. On Wednesday, UK earned the commitment of North Hardin’s Jordan Lovett. Lovett is a versatile defensive back that can play a plethora of secondary positions. For example, he can line up as a strong or free safety, nickel, or at dime. This multiplicity fits the mold of recent signings, such as Dru Phillips and Vito Tisdale.
Lovett chose Kentucky over Louisville, Missouri, West Virginia, Boston College, and Cincinnati. Listed as a 3-star prospect, he’s rated as the number 5 player in Kentucky and a top-50 safety in the nation. This slotting could be on the rise if actual game-film is a part of the equation. Vince Marrow was Lovett’s primary recruiter. The North Hardin product will join Trojan teammates Octavious Oxendine and fellow 2021 commit La’Vell Wright in Lexington.
What does all this mean?
Vince Marrow has done a tremendous job keeping the state’s top talent at home. The more quality in-state players that sign with the Cats, the better. With The Big Dog on the hunt, there’s another Big Dog still out there and he plays for Frederick Douglass High School. Offensive guard Jager Burton recently announced on Twitter that he’s intending to be an early enrollee. That’s a positive indication for Kentucky. Burton’s decision will be vital for the Wildcats.
At 6’2, 195-pounds, Lovett has the potential to be special. I mean really special. He intercepted 15 passes in 2019. That’s just an incredible number. This is a big one folks.