A talented four-star defensive end is leaving the door open for prospective schools to make their case as his commitment date approaches. Kentucky is making a final push to contend against some of the top programs in America.
Monkell Goodwine started the week by releasing a new top five. The DC-area edge rusher included Kentucky along with Clemson, Arizona State, Texas A&M and Alabama. Many believe A&M and Bama are the favorites for the Top 150 player that Rivals ranks as the No. 5 defensive end in the country.
After cutting his list, Goodwine set a decision date for August 15 and said this: “College coaches willing to make the last push at me, I’m willing to listen to everybody.” Brad White must have received the message. Less than 24 hours later Goodwine shared this often-used Kentucky football recruiting pitch on Twitter.
40 Year Decision……..
— Monkell Goodwine (@MonkellGoodwine) July 30, 2020
Kentucky’s defensive coordinator proved in short order that his NFL experience was valuable at the collegiate level by turning Josh Allen into the college football’s national defensive player of the year and a top ten NFL draft pick. Two other players from that area, Josh Paschal and Boogie Watson, have also thrived in White’s defense. It’s made a significant impression on Goodwine.
“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.”
Of course, “even if I don’t commit there” isn’t exactly music to a Kentucky fan’s ears. Even so, the Wildcats have made up considerable ground thanks to White’s efforts on the recruiting trail. If Kentucky can pull off the coup in a couple of weeks… WOW.