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Kentucky freshman linebacker Tra Wilkins enters transfer portal

With the regular season now over, it’s time for players to evaluate their futures. Kentucky freshman linebacker Tra Wilkins just announced he is entering the transfer portal, ending his career as a Wildcat.

Wilkins appeared in two games this season, registering three total tackles, two solo, vs. UT Martin. The Stone Mountain, Georgia native was a three-star linebacker in the 2019 class, picking Kentucky over Louisville, Arkansas, and South Carolina in June 2018. He was considered the nation’s No. 46 inside linebacker by 247 Sports and No. 69 outside linebacker by ESPN.

As Mark Stoops said on the postgame show Saturday afternoon, attrition is expected. With Wilkins choosing to continue his career elsewhere, Kentucky will get one more scholarship it desperately needs for the 2020 class.

“With this next recruiting class, I definitely think it will be the best class I’ve ever had here. I think we have a chance to close incredibly strong, my only problem is scholarships. We’re low, and it’s a bad year to be low on numbers, but we’ll make it work. There will be a few guys that jump in the transfer portal and create a little space, normal attrition happens, which is healthy sometimes.”

Best of luck to Wilkins moving forward.

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15 Comments for Kentucky freshman linebacker Tra Wilkins enters transfer portal



  1. CJKAssassin123
    4:09 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    Best of luck to him. UK isn’t for everyone. Not everyone has the ?? of a Wildcat either!



    • CJKAssassin123
      4:10 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

      Heart of a Wildcat either!



  2. CrystalBall
    4:16 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    Nice looking tie.



  3. J. Did
    4:29 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    “Our patience will achieve more than our force.”

    Edmund Burke



  4. ClutchCargo
    4:31 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    You hate to see players leave, but this provides an open scholarship that is needed. Best of luck to the young man.



  5. makeitstop
    4:35 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    What does “please respect my decision” even mean? It’s not like we can say “nah, u can’t go.” But if he goes to UL he can expect a fair amount of criticism (and pity); if he goes to Arkansas or USC, more apathy. Sounds like we need the scholly.



  6. J. Did
    4:37 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    “Cut cher eff’n har ! ”

    My old Coach



  7. notFromhere
    4:57 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    Disappointed whenever a talented player decides to transfer. He came from a good program, is a gifted athlete, and could have contributed. It takes so much effort to get these guys signed and coached up as freshmen. Sucks to have them leave

    I know the staff will find people to replace some of our transfers out right away, and others over time. Just hate that the effort was wasted



    • ClutchCargo
      7:02 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

      Like I said, best of luck to him. Players leave football programs for all kinds of reasons, and maybe he saw the writing on the wall with the LB talent he will have to fight off for playing time. Time and effort spent recruiting and coaching them up is just a cost of running a football program that will have been incurred whether it’s Wilkins or another guy who pans out. And it’s not outside the realm of possibility that he was encouraged to seek opportunity elsewhere.



  8. BluKudzu
    5:16 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    I think UK is Solid at LB with talent for years to come. It is not for everyone to sit and wait your turn.

    Best of luck to the young man and hope he finds the right spot he is seeks.

    Next man up. It is just that simple. Just as cold as your decision to leave.

    Your choice is respected.



  9. makeitstop
    5:43 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    Anyone hear anything about Xavier Peters? I know people finally stopped asking…



    • zoupman
      5:51 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

      I’ve given up on XP. Who knows. Maybe if he sticks around he can get some reps next year. Evidently he is not as good as people thought?



    • ClutchCargo
      7:04 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

      Last we heard, he wasn’t taking care of business off the field. I don’t think it’s an issue of talent or opportunity with him.



    • foamfinger
      9:24 am December 3, 2019 Permalink

      The FSU culture was reportedly really bad, so it’s going to take time for him to adjust to a healthy program and making sure he does everything expected of him. Everyone gives Willie Taggart a lot of crap for not winning enough, but he had a mountain to climb to get them back in shape and it wasn’t going to happen instantly.



  10. bbn606
    5:56 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    UK is deep at linebacker and he probably didn’t wNt to wait his turn.