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Cats Stay Hot In-State by Landing a ‘Big One’



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. 

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

9 Comments for Cats Stay Hot In-State by Landing a ‘Big One’

  1. BigBogee
    1:08 pm May 20, 2020 Permalink

    Gotta land the big boys in state. The BIG DAWG is keeping them home!

  2. WildcatCam
    1:33 pm May 20, 2020 Permalink

    This kid is a real deal athlete. Coached him as a freshman, his athleticism is off the charts, and has the intellect to match. Comes from a military background like the other North Hardin kids committed, which I believed contributed to how hard working and respectful they are – through their parents. There’s many more young studs at North Hardin.

  3. ukkatzfan
    1:48 pm May 20, 2020 Permalink

    Sic ‘em Big Dog

  4. meeksfor3
    2:00 pm May 20, 2020 Permalink

    I was hoping they would land the kid down in Wayne Co that led the state in rushing. Seems to be a legit player and a good kid too but I guess they are looking in a different direction. Sadly he may end up at U of L before it’s over.

  5. jaws2
    3:49 pm May 20, 2020 Permalink

    It’s great we got this kid. Having said that. it’s also am indictment on KY high school football when a 3 star kid is top 5 in the STATE. Darn good thing we can recruit Ohio.

    • 2andToodleLoo
      5:08 pm May 20, 2020 Permalink

      I think it’s been proven star ranking in high school football is bogus. Or at least has a WIDE margin of error. If you don’t trust Marrow and company on this then I don’t know what to tell ya.

    • njcat
      10:07 pm May 20, 2020 Permalink

      Josh Allen was a 2 star.

      Trust the process.

  6. _lilman_
    5:49 pm May 20, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops is doing an absolute bang up job

  7. Brutal Hustler
    6:52 pm May 20, 2020 Permalink

    When Freddie crowns somebody as being a “big one” you can take it to the bank. And the best part is, now he’s calling more and more recruits “big ones” every cycle