Kentucky could not pull off the upset for 2021 four-star pass rusher Monkell Goodwine.
One of five finalists for the No. 27 overall player in Rivals’ recruiting rankings, Kentucky fell to Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the head-to-head matchup, with the four-star prospect also considering the likes of Clemson, Texas A&M, and Arizona State.
This past week, Goodwine not only confirmed that Kentucky was a finalist, but added that the Wildcats were in his “top 2.”
Top 2 ? https://t.co/8rmiVOWqTu
— Monkell Goodwine (@MonkellGoodwine) August 11, 2020
Instead, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect out of Fort Washington, MD went with the Tide, who had established itself as the rumored favorite leading into the home stretch of his recruitment. Prior to Goodwine’s commitment, Alabama had picked up seven consecutive picks on his Crystal Ball at 247Sports, along with 13 of 15 experts picking the Crimson Tide over at Rivals.com.
While they finished second in his recruitment, the top 10 defensive end from the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia) had plenty of nice things to say about Kentucky and defensive coordinator Brad White shortly after he announced his five finalists.
“Coach White and I have a good relationship,” Goodwine told Rivals. “I really like Kentucky because the communication and relationship with me and coach White is really good. Even if I don’t commit there, there’s still going to be that level of respect between me and him. Friendship goes a long way in life. He’s a good coach and if I did commit to Kentucky there’s probably a good chance I play my freshman year and do well.”
Kentucky has picked up 14 commitments in the class of 2021, led by the likes of Dekel Crowdus, Armond Scott, and Christian Lewis, all top-500 prospects in the 247Sports player rankings. Chauncey Magwood, Jordan Lovett, David Wohlabaugh, Martez Thrower, Paul Rodriguez, La’Vell Wright, Adrian Huey, Kaiya Sheron, and Kahlil Saunders all make up top-1000 prospects.
Looking elsewhere on Kentucky’s list of top targets on 247Sports, the Wildcats remain in contention with the likes of Jager Burton (four-star), Javon Nelson (four-star), Jordan Dingle, Kyree Young, Maxwell Hairston, Kamonte Grimes, Jamarius Dinkins, and Kamal Hadden, among others.
No luck on a commitment from Goodwine, but the Kentucky coaching staff still has plenty of high-profile options to round out the class of 2021.