The Kentucky football team ended an exciting recruiting weekend with an exclamation point.
It all began Friday night, when a pair of talented recruits from the south pledged their allegiance to the Big Blue Nation. Three-star cornerback Jay Ward, an athlete from Sihiem King’s alma mater of Colquitt County, Georgia, got things rolling. Shortly after, the Cats picked up an important defensive line commitment from the Mississippi JUCO ranks, Taures Payne, a Hoover High alum who will have two years of eligibility at Kentucky.
Two commits in one night is quite exciting, but the best surprise was saved for Sunday night. Demontae “TaeTae” Crumes, a wide receiver from Louisville Butler High School, made waves around the city of Louisville by committing to Kentucky. There are a few reasons why you should be excited to see one of the state’s best athletes in Kentucky blue.
1. A Deep Threat
What was Kentucky’s offense missing last year? A deep threat at wide receiver. What will Kentucky have with TaeTae Crumes on the roster? A deep threat at wide receiver.
The first thing a deep threat must have is top-end speed. Crumes has that, but there’s another more under-appreciated ability Crumes has in his arsenal that sets him apart from the pack. When the ball is in mid-flight, TaeTae does a fantastic job of tracking the ball, adjusting his route and attacking the pass at its highest point. It takes exceptional body control and he makes it look easy before shifting into a second gear and bursting toward the end zone.
Normally you have to go to Florida to find a receiver like TaeTae Crumes. Vince Marrow just had to make an 80-mile drive on I-64.
2. Stole One from Louisville
Kentucky went into the city of Louisville and plucked one of the city’s most talented athletes from under Bobby Petrino’s nose. Crumes initially committed to the Cards back in February. Ten days later, he received a scholarship offer from UK. It only took two months for Crumes to reopen his recruitment, and two more months for him to commit to Kentucky.
Salty UofL fans will try to make you believe they’re better off without him. Don’t believe their lies.
3. Momentum in Louisville
Since Mark Stoops tasked Vince Marrow to recruit the Commonwealth, prospects have given rave reviews, but up until this point, their words have not been reinforced with actions. Crumes’ commitment validates Kentucky’s presence in the city of Louisville.
Kentucky now has a commitment from the state’s ninth-ranked recruit according to the 247 Composite Rankings. There are four more uncommitted top ten prospects from the state of Kentucky, and the Cats are in pretty good shape with all of them. If Shawnkel Knight-Goff recommits to UK, don’t be surprised. Kentucky is in a great position with Jared Casey, the four-star linebacker who has been a frequent flyer to Lexington. J.J. Weaver might be the best of the best and he’s close with TaeTae Crumes.
Mark Stoops brought in the Big Dog to put Kentucky’s best high school football prospects in UK uniforms. Even though Marrow prefers to roll dice, TaeTae Crumes could be the first of many dominos to fall.