The college football season may be officially over for the Kentucky Wildcats, but recruiting season has just begun. We’re just over a month from National Signing Day, and UK is looking to fill out their few spots available with some of the remaining elite talent in the country.
One of those elite prospects? Four-star WR Kevaughn Dingle.
Dingle, a 6’1, 190 lbs. receiver out of Miami Gardens, Florida, holds offers from Notre Dame, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Miami. He decided to re-open his recruitment on December 15th, breaking off his nine-month commitment to the Miami Hurricanes. Not long after, he was very open about his interest in UK, and decided to set an official visit to Kentucky just days before National Signing Day.
I interviewed Dingle on his interest in the Wildcats, his upcoming visit, and when he might make a final decision.
Check it out:
JP: Can you talk about your decision to de-commit from Miami? What sparked that?
KD: There was just a lack of communication with Miami and their coaches. I just felt they were backing off on me, so I decided to open things up and make the best decision for me.
JP: Is Miami off the list, or are you still interested?
KD: Yeah, Miami is off the list.
JP: Do you have a final list of schools heading into the last few weeks of your recruitment?
KD: I don’t really have a final list yet, that’ll come in the middle of January. I kind of know my top three right now, but I want to wait to release it.
JP: You’re visiting UK on the 27th of this month, correct?
KD: Yeah, I’m taking my official visit to Kentucky on January 27th.
JP: What coach initially caught your attention at UK?
KD: I talk to Coach Lamar on an every day/every other day basis. We have a great relationship, he’s very open with me. He always has been, even at Louisville. He’s always shown he really wanted me, has just always kept it real. He’s a great coach, I feel like I could learn a lot under him at UK.
JP: Are there any other coaches you keep in contact with at Kentucky?
KD: I haven’t spoken to the other coaches, but I really want to get to know them. That’s kind of the most important thing for me and what I’m looking forward to on my visit. I want to develop a good relationship with Coach Stoops, learn more about the coaching staff. I’m excited to just mingle with the players on the team, get the vibe of the program in person..
JP: Would you consider Kentucky your top choice right now? What’s your level of interest in the Wildcats?
KD: Kentucky is definitely my top school right now. I think this visit is going to finalize things for me, especially with Signing Day being the week after. My visit to Kentucky is going to tell me where I want to be, give me faith in my decision when I sign my paperwork.
JP: What kind of impact did this season’s success make on your interest with UK?
KD: I wasn’t watching them to start, but I got really interested when I started talking to Coach Lamar. After hearing from him, I watched a lot of games after that, and loved what I was seeing. I watched all of the highlights, really started paying attention to the system. I could really tell that the program has changed, even just throughout this year. Lamar’s words were truthful, I could see it every time I watched them. They changed up the culture of Kentucky football, and I’m excited to see it in person.
JP: Anything you’d want to say to the UK fans before we go?
KD: If I do commit, I just hope y’all know you’ve got a baller coming to Lexington. You’ve got a baller coming from the 305 and I’m ready to make an impact.
There’s still a whole lot of time left, but you’ve got to feel good about Kentucky’s chances with the talented wide-out heading into the home stretch.
Check back on KSR in the next few weeks for interviews with some of the remaining top targets before NSD.