Kentucky dipped into the Volunteer State to add to its 2021 class and the most recent addition becomes the first cornerback on the board. Adrian Huey is a mid three-star prospect who currently attends Hillsboro High School in Nashvile. Last spring at The Opening, he put up some really impressive testing numbers.
— Adrian Huey (@adrianhuey_) April 24, 2019
Huey is a small player (5-foot-10, 160 pounds) but he is a big time athlete who should be able to hold his own going up against big, outside receivers. Now it is time to head into the KSR Film Room and show you just what the newest commitment is bringing to the table.
While playing corner, you have to be able to run with wideouts in coverage, but you also need to be able to come off of blocks and make tackles. Part of the biggest challenge for Huey will being able to prove he can hold up in isolation and make tackles in space.
In the backpedal, Huey delivers a blow and then notices the run. He gets off the block and is able to make a tackle in space. Corners play a big part in run support by preventing good runs from turning into explosive runs.
When lined up in press coverage, the first thing a corner must do is keep leverage. You do not want to let a wide receiver beat you inside. That takes away the best help you have which is the 12th defender known as the sideline. Then when the ball arrives, you have to be able to make a play.
On the go-route, Huey does a great job riding the receiver’s hip pocket and then locating the ball when it is in the air. He maintains leverage and makes a play when the ball arrives. This is excellent technique and execution in man coverage.
With his size, it will be imperative that he brings some other skills to the table. One of those is speed and that particularly comes into play when pursuing the football. Huey has the foot quickness to cover a lot of space and that can help prevent big plays.
Adrian Huey projects as a field corner in Kentucky’s defense similar to where Derrick Baity Jr. played and where Brandin Echols will lineup this fall. He has the necessary traits to be successful in this role. At this spot, you are often asked to face the opposing offenses’s top deep threat and forced to make coverage plays in the vertical pass game. Huey possesses the quickness, top-end speed and ball skills to be successful in this role.
However, he needs to get in the weight room and add some pounds. Right now the mid three-star recruit is a willing tackler, but it’s not with leg drive as most attempts are to takeaway the runner’s feet. Huey will need improvement in this regard and that will have to be done in the weight room. He’s a very likely redshirt candidate, but that should be expected as Echols is the only projected corner departure after 2020.
Last year we saw Kentucky enter the Nashville area to land high three-star Tre’Vonn Rybka to play on the defensive line and this year they re-enter and land a corner. Steve Clinkscale has taken over this territory and scores his first win in the class of 2021. With Nashville booming and the football talent increasing, look for the staff to continue to mine this area due to proximity and some recent success had on the trail.