One of the most talented pass rushers in America spent the weekend with J.J. Weaver and the UK coaching staff in Lexington. Not long after returning home to Pittsburgh, Tyreese Fearbry shared details of his official visit to Kentucky with KSR.
“I loved UK. Went down there, it was everything I expected,” Fearbry said. “Not a big town, big city, but it was different. When we were sitting down with the coaches, everybody was coming up and greeting them. It was something new that I never saw, even at Pitt, just going out and going to eat. No one really ever came up to the coaches and said ‘hey,’ so that was a new experience.”
He added, “That was my first SEC campus.”
Feabry mentioned Pitt because that’s where he took his first official visit. Once that trip concluded, Steve Wiltfong was one of three 247 analysts that predicted Fearbry would ultimately choose the Panthers. The scouting service considers him a four-star prospect and the No. 15 edge defender in America.
Pitt has the hometown pull, but their defense cannot compare to Kentucky’s recent success rate with outside linebackers. At one point in 2020 three of the NFL’s top five sackers were former Wildcats.
“A lot of (NFL) outside linebackers come out of Kentucky. That shows what Kentucky can do with me and why I keep Kentucky in consideration,” he said.
“I watch Kentucky. I like the way they play. Just watching them made me really want to consider them, and plus, Bud Dupree was playing for the Steelers, so that’s a big thing. Bud’s been in the league a long time.”
Dupree may have left the prospect’s beloved Steelers and Brad White may have never coached Za’Darius Smith, but Kentucky’s defensive coordinator sees a lot of his former first round draft pick in Fearbry.
“A lot of people compare me to Josh Allen coming in to Kentucky, but I’ve got a little more weight than Josh did coming in.”
He’s not lying. Feabry has just shy of 225 pounds on his long, 6-foot-5 frame. A slippery athlete, he fits the mold of what White wants in his outside linebackers. Also recruited by Frank Buffano, he’s picking up what UK’s coaches are putting down.
“Building that bond with the coaches, even before visiting campus, building that bond with the coaches and being able to talk to them, it’s a great thing. If you don’t have a great relationship with your student-athlete, there’s really no use in going to that school.”
Fearbry will officially visit Penn State this weekend, followed by Auburn. He’ll then shut down his recruitment and announce his final decision July 4. Here’s what he wants out of his college destination:
“They gotta have my major. I gotta get comfortable with the players. If I’m not comfortable with my teammates, then I’m not really feeling that school. It’s mainly the environment, the school environment.”
Pitt appears to be the school to beat, but there’s only one school that his major of choice, culinary arts: Auburn.