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Former UK Quarterback Recruit set to Transfer

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Another player recruited by Kentucky is leaving Ohio State.

Last night Matthew Baldwin announced he will leave Columbus after only one season on campus. A redshirt in the 2018 season, Justin Fields’ arrival pushed Baldwin out the door.

A four-star pocket-passer from Texas powerhouse Lake Travis, Baldwin initially committed to Colorado State. After an excellent senior season, Kentucky was one of many schools who heavily pursued Baldwin before the Buckeyes ultimately won the sweepstakes. In last week’s spring game, Baldwin completed 20 of 36 passes for 246 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Baldwin’s announcement comes a month after we learned another former UK recruit is leaving Ohio State. L’Christian “Blue” Smith is set to transfer after the spring semester. Rivals ranked the 6’6″ wide receiver as the No. 39 player in the 2018 recruiting class.

Kentucky has a few scholarships available for transfers. If things do not go well with Beau Allen over the next few weeks, Baldwin could receive a call from Coach Stoops.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

14 Comments for Former UK Quarterback Recruit set to Transfer



  1. Kerosenerag
    12:22 pm April 19, 2019 Permalink

    Bring em’ on in!!!



  2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    12:22 pm April 19, 2019 Permalink

    Or you could go after him and Allen because it’s better to have a room full of QBs as opposed to having half a room full of guys who may be QBs.



    • jr
      12:45 pm April 19, 2019 Permalink

      agree, go after them while the cats are a hot item. bird in hand, don’t wait for allen, sorry but I would go after best prospects avail.. all of them, let the smoke settle where it may.



  3. steve simpson
    2:21 pm April 19, 2019 Permalink

    I agree 100%. I bet Baldwin is the one waiting on Allen. I’m sure Stoops would love to have them both.



  4. UoKFB PHAN
    2:47 pm April 19, 2019 Permalink

    So is it okay to talk about Smith now??? I posted a comment a few days ago asking if Smith had been at the Spring game. The comment went into moderation and then just disappeared. Of course I also made a comment about KSR throwing out a name and not identifying who the person was… maybe that was the problem.

    That said, yes get them both. Given that Smith is from Ohio and was so heavily recruited by the Cats you would have to think they already have a great relationship with him.



    • syrin23
      4:13 pm April 19, 2019 Permalink

      I assume they want a guy who can throw the ball further than ten yards down the field rather than side to side every play.



  5. bwise
    3:24 pm April 19, 2019 Permalink

    Please please!!!!!!!! Bring the qb at min!



  6. kjd
    4:09 pm April 19, 2019 Permalink

    Somebody please explain the interest in pocket passers when our offense has moved to dual threats???



    • UoKFB PHAN
      7:49 pm April 20, 2019 Permalink

      You make a good point. The question is with Johnson and Wilson was Gran and Hinshaw intentionally going after a dual threat or was it a situation of they were the best JC QBs the coaching staff felt they could get at the time.

      If the RB position can continue to produce at the same level or close to the same level then I would take a true pocket passer that can make the reads and the throws over a dual threat who’s passing game is lacking.



  7. shelby
    5:26 pm April 19, 2019 Permalink

    I imagine coach stoops was talking to him the day after he announced his transfer.



  8. My Dixie Wrecked
    6:22 pm April 19, 2019 Permalink

    Oh give it a rest. He’s not coming. He specifically said he wants to play close to home. He’s from Texas not Tucky.



    • mm40
      10:59 pm April 19, 2019 Permalink

      He may not come to UK, but I did not read anywhere in his Twitter post that he specifically said wanted to play close to home.



  9. My Dixie Wrecked
    7:48 am April 20, 2019 Permalink

    “Multiple sources familiar with Baldwin’s thinking attributed the decision more to a desire to be closer to home rather than a concern about future playing time or any issues with the coaching staff.”



  10. bbn606
    6:55 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

    Why can’t we require a quality QB instead of having to depend on transfers and leftovers?