Ken Talley, a weakside defensive end in the 2022 recruiting class, is already garnering offers from all over the country in the summer before his junior season. The Pennsylvania native has his coveted Penn State offer and many others around the Big Ten, plus some serious interest from the Southeastern Conference in the form of offers from Florida, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Kentucky.
On Sunday, Talley announced his top 13 schools ahead of his September 8th announcement and the Cats made the cut:
TOP 13 I will be making my decision on my grandmother birthday Sept 8th let the countdown begin #GBR #GBO #Weare #BBN #Gigem #Goblue #H2p #ForksUp #Hailwv #Goterps #Thebirthplace #GoGators #Hottytoddy pic.twitter.com/f2meDEjXXP
— KEN “??? ?????“ TALLEY (@KenTalley22) August 2, 2020
Once Justin Rowland saw the news, he reached out to the four-star edge rusher to ask why Kentucky among the list of finalists for Talley’s commitment. Talley told Rowland he “loves the school and KFC.”
Just asked four-star ATH Ken Talley why Kentucky made his top-13. He loves the school and KFC.
— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) August 3, 2020
Hey, we’ll take it. No one tell him there are over 23,000 KFC restaurants in more than 140 countries and territories around the world, and Kentucky Football’s only connection to them is they share a first name. If he likes UK because he likes the Colonel’s blend of secret herbs and spices, we’ll play along to get him here. Mark Stoops should be telling him KFC tastes better in Kentucky.
Or maybe Talley just said the first thing that came to mind? I love the school and Kentucky… Fried Chicken. On the fly word association, it could happen to anyone. Here, I’ll try with the schools around the SEC:
Alabama: I love the school and the Southern rock band
Arkansas: I love the school and Bill Clinton
Auburn: I love the school and people with auburn hair
Florida: I love the school and Florida Georgia Line
Georgia: I love the school and Florida Georgia Line
LSU: I love the school and the Louisiana Purchase
Ole Miss: I love the school and the Mississippi River
Mississippi State: I love the school and M-i-crooked letter-crooked letter-i-crooked letter-crooked letter-i-humpback-humpback-i
Missouri: I love the school and I too love company
South Carolina: I love the school and Carolina BBQ
Tennessee: I love the school and “Tennessee Whiskey”
Texas A&M: I love the school and Texas Roadhouse
Vanderbilt: I love the school and Jarred Vanderbilt
That was a fun game.
For what it’s worth, Talley picked up his offer from UK last week, so the Cats are new to the chase. He’ll announce on September 8, as his graphic states.