On Mother’s Day, 2021 four-star wide receiver Dekel Crowdus announced his commitment to Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over the likes of Oklahoma, Ohio State, Auburn, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Penn State, among others.
One of those “other” schools? Louisville, who apparently didn’t even get a second look from the top-250 prospect in the nation during his recruitment, despite extending an offer.
In an exclusive interview with Kentucky Sports Radio this morning, the in-state star was asked about his decision to commit to UK over some of his other prestigious scholarship offers.
Simply put, he wanted to stay in Kentucky and be a “hometown hero.”
“Why not? Why not be the hometown hero and be a star in your hometown state?” Crowdus said. “[I decided on Kentucky] like, two or three weeks before I made my decision. I felt like if I could go 11 hours away from home and do my stuff [last year at IMG Academy in Florida], I could stay here and do my stuff, be a star here. It was cool and all, but I missed home. I missed my mom.”
Despite holding an offer from UofL and the school being just an hour down the road, did the four-star receiver ever think about becoming a Cardinal under Scott Satterfield?
Not even a little bit.
“I really didn’t think about Louisville, to be honest,” Crowdus told KSR. “I knew I was not going to Louisville. At all. I was going to Kentucky over Louisville any day.”
This comes just a day after Louisville football signee Jordan Watkins – who was committed to Kentucky for four months last season – took to Twitter to throw a jab at UK football and the program’s run-heavy offense in recent years.
“I wonder what it’s like to go to college to play WR and block the whole time,” Watkins, the No. 847 prospect in the 2020 247Sports Composite Rankings, said. “Couldn’t be me.”
I wonder what it’s like to go to college to play WR and block the whole time?? couldn’t be me lol?????.
— Jordan Watkins ¹ (@jordantwatkins) May 11, 2020
When asked about the jab, which saw responses from current and former Kentucky football players such as Lynn Bowden Jr., AJ Rose, Kavosiey Smoke, DeAndre Square, Allen Dailey Jr., Bryce Oliver, Octavious Oxendine, among others, Crowdus said he tries to stay away from social media banter.
At the end of the day, though, he’s confident the Kentucky coaching staff will get the ball in his hands once he gets to Lexington.
“I don’t pay attention to the social media stuff for real, it’s just not me. Social media is just out the way for me, I don’t pay attention to that,” Crowdus told KSR. “They just plan on getting me the ball in different ways, jet sweeps, me go to quarterback if I have to like what they did for Lynn Bowden. They know if they get the ball in my hands, I’m gonna work my magic.”
And after joining the program, he’s planning on recruiting the best of the best to Lexington, both in-state and nationally.
“Yes sir, I’m gonna do my job and recruit a lot of kids, in Kentucky, out of Kentucky,” he said. “I’m gonna do my job and get a lot of big-time athletes to come. I’m gonna do my job, for sure.”
Following the interview with KSR, Crowdus couldn’t help himself, throwing a simple shot of his own on social media.
“L’s down,” he wrote on Twitter.
L’s down ?
— Dekel Crowdus (@CrowdusDekel) May 12, 2020