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Kiyaunta Goodwin, Top 100 Offensive Tackle, Commits to Kentucky

The Kentucky football program just picked up one of its biggest commitments in school history, both figuratively and literally speaking.

Kiyaunta Goodwin verbally committed to Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson and Michigan State. The elite offensive lineman was surrounded by friends and family when he announced his decision at Aspirations Gym in Louisville.

“It just felt like home,” he told KSR. “I feel like I have a great relationship with the coaches there. I’ve been around them since I was in seventh grade. It just feels like family.”

One of the 50 best football players in America, Goodwin became a 12-year-old recruiting sensation when the offensive tackle received more than a dozen major offers before playing a down of high school football. The first school to extend a scholarship offer was the University of Kentucky. Goodwin’s relationship with associate head coach Vince Marrow played a significant role in his decision.

“I feel like I have a great relationship with him,” said Goodwin. “He’s always recruited me, even when I was heavy, it’s been the same relationship since then. It’s never changed.”

Kentucky remained in constant contact even when Goodwin hit 425 pounds on the scale as a high school sophomore. Just before the start of the pandemic, he began a thorough diet and exercise plan, losing more than 135 pounds over the next nine months. Now 6-foot-8, 300-pounds, the agile giant has lived up to the early hype by developing into one of the most sought after offensive linemen in America.

“Kiyaunta Goodwin can be as good as he wants to be,” said his mentor, Chris Vaughn. “Kiyaunta has an opportunity to be the No. 1 pick in the draft, the best left tackle in the country. His prototype is everything you’re looking for. He’s 6-foot-8. He can bend. He can run, change directions. He’s got huge hands, size 11 hands. He’s gotta better testing numbers — 4.9 40-yard dash, 4.56 shuttle — as a 16-year-old kid then some of the guys going out in the draft. I think he’s got an opportunity to be a top ten pick if he stays the course and can be somebody that can change a program and anchor that line at left tackle.”

Considered either the No. 56 or No. 54 player in America, Goodwin is the highest-ranked player to commit to Mark Stoops’ Cats. With three four-star commitments in less than 24 hours, the Wildcats’ eight-man class of 2022 is now ranked No. 9 in country.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

29 Comments for Kiyaunta Goodwin, Top 100 Offensive Tackle, Commits to Kentucky



  1. UKFanSC
    5:54 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    Damn we are on a roll !!!!!!!



    • Cletis75
      9:24 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

      Yep! The dice are so hot, they are going to melt the cup!



  2. csnailnrun
    5:54 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    Flex that BBN!



    • Dave C
      5:55 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

      DAMN HOLMES….We Trying To Be Somebody!



  3. Beaver_Fever
    5:55 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    Just got a stiffy!



    • WKY Cat
      5:58 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

      You win the internet for the day sir lol!!



  4. UKBigBlueForever
    5:55 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    I just hope we keep them. You know bama won’t back off



    • CJKAssassin123
      9:16 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

      Won’t just be Bama. He is going to take all 5 visits in June “IF” the NCAA opens up the floodgates in June. I think he will stay committed when its all said in done. Vince won us this gem!



  5. UKBigBlueForever
    5:56 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    I’m done saying I can’t wait for something anymore. (But I can’t wait to solidify these signings on signing day) Enjoying life a day at a time.



    • ClutchCargo
      5:58 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

      Things like this happening every day makes that a lot easier! 😀



  6. csnailnrun
    5:57 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    No. 9 class in the country. Wow.



  7. WKY Cat
    5:57 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    Huge!!!



  8. bigblue98
    5:59 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    Welcome to BBN young man. What a great day. Go Big Blue!



  9. JoeBee
    6:21 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    This is nuts! Go Big Blue!



  10. neat1ky
    6:22 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    Just waiting for fans that wanted to dump stoops not long ago to get on here and as everyone knows it takes years in football to recruit and change the losing mind set. Stoops is reason my family got season tickets after meeting him 1st year you could feel he was real



    • east-ky-boy
      6:32 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

      I’m with ya man. I’ve had season tickets since brooks. Stoops has done a lot for our program



    • katmandue2you
      10:51 am April 18, 2021 Permalink

      When you keep the best in the state home and start taking some of the best in the state away from Tennessee and these other states, that’s when your program transforms into something new. If we were to have a breakout year and win the east then it’d be on like donkey kong!!!



  11. CALfacts
    7:12 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    Exciting!! Is it football yet??? Yes it is, yes it is..



  12. T-Town Cat
    7:15 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    Can we get Vince to recruit for Calipari, too?



    • GM1978
      9:11 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

      He really has struggled the past decade



  13. GACAT
    7:26 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    Generalational, really?? I certainly hope he is!!!!



    • CJKAssassin123
      9:13 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

      Watch the highlights



  14. CJKAssassin123
    9:12 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    Damn this guy is mach truck running people over left and right. If we can get him to sign in December I think our QB whoever that is will never be sacked again!



  15. dcforuk
    9:22 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

    What H.S. In Louisville?



    • bkeith75
      10:27 pm April 17, 2021 Permalink

      He plays for Charlestown High School. The Pirates are just across the river from Louisville in Southern Indiana.



  16. bigbowdennation
    9:13 am April 18, 2021 Permalink

    Where are they getting the #9 ranking? 247 has us at like 22



  17. michaelb
    5:07 pm April 18, 2021 Permalink

    So he’s a senior this year or next year ? They’re leaving that out in these reads



    • michaelb
      5:08 pm April 18, 2021 Permalink

      I see now , we get him not this , but next season , still nice ..



  18. kuhlkat
    9:56 pm April 18, 2021 Permalink

    Dude is at least 30,