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Former Four-Star Football Prospect from Louisville Enters Transfer Portal

One of the highest-ranked recruits from the area over the last five years is back on the market. Defensive lineman Tahj Rice has entered the transfer portal.

A four-star recruit out of Louisville Waggener High School, 247 Sports ranked Rice as the No. 10 defensive end in the 2018 recruiting class. Out of high school he committed to play for David Cutcliffe at Duke, the highest-ranked recruit in the Blue Devils’ ’18 class.

In two years of action Rice recorded 16 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks. Of all his early career highlights, nothing can top his commitment video, the greatest commitment video in the history of commitment videos.

Could Rice be returning to his old Kentucky home? Yes, but probably not to become a Wildcat.

UK is not in the market to add defensive linemen from the transfer portal. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The Cats have recruited so well in the trenches on the defensive side of the ball that two defensive linemen have departed this offseason. In the 2020 class alone the Cats added four four-star prospects.

Rice considered playing for Louisville when few wanted to at the end of the Bobby Petrino era. Scott Satterfield could certainly use some help in the trenches. They’ll pull out all of the stops to get him on campus to play two years for the Cardinals.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for Former Four-Star Football Prospect from Louisville Enters Transfer Portal

  1. ClutchCargo
    10:10 am May 20, 2020 Permalink

    Man, it feels great to not really care all that much about where a 4* defensive lineman might go. Good luck to the young man, we’re good.

  2. factsoptional
    10:13 am May 20, 2020 Permalink

    still reading articles about transfers that wont end up at UK on a UK fan site.

    at least this one isnt 4000 words like Pilgrims

    • cdc_uky
      10:30 am May 20, 2020 Permalink

      He is a KY kid who’s recruiting we followed. Oh well, it gave you something to complain about.

  3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:28 am May 20, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t want anyone who doesn’t know how to untie a simple knot with his hands.

  4. Youngcat25
    10:45 am May 20, 2020 Permalink

    I played against him in high school

    • KYhammer
      11:12 am May 20, 2020 Permalink

      How’d that go

  5. Youngcat25
    11:53 am May 20, 2020 Permalink

    Our team wasn’t good at all so naturally they blew us put but I honestly wasn’t all impressed

  6. Youngcat25
    12:02 pm May 20, 2020 Permalink


  7. jakew60
    4:18 pm May 20, 2020 Permalink

    Know the kid personally and I can tell you that he will not be coming here and have a strong sense that he will definitely be going to uofl but then again it seems obvious