Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. Dekel Crowdus will reveal where he is attending college. Kentucky is one of 10 finalists for the standout wide receiver from Lexington’s Frederick Douglass High School. If Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow receive his pledge, it would be a monumental addition to the 2021 class for a variety of reasons.
Kentucky has received commitments from dozens of high-ranked recruits in the trenches. They’ve been much harder to come by at the skill positions. If you strip away the “ATH” tag, there have only been two consensus four-star wide receivers to sign with Kentucky in the Stoops era: Thaddeus Snodgrass and JaVonte Richardson. Neither finished their careers at Kentucky.
Crowdus is a four-star prospect in every major recruiting service. The No. 2 player in the state of Kentucky, Rivals and 247 each consider the explosive slot wide receiver as one of the 50 best at his position in America.
A Frederick Douglass Addition
It took a little while for the Big Dog to bring in the best from the Lexington area. Damien Harris, Jedrick Wills, Bryan Hudson and Wandale Robinson all opted to play for schools outside of the state. That began to change in 2020 when Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen pledged his allegiance to the Wildcats early in the process.
One person that did not join the fold in 2020 was Walker Parks. The first of what will be at least a dozen power five athletes to come through the Frederick Douglass football program will play for Clemson this fall. UK needs to get their foot in the door at the school. If Crowdus becomes a Wildcat, Jager Burton could be the second domino to fall.
Top End Speed
Before the injuries at quarterback completely changed Kentucky’s offense, there was one primary point of emphasis: explosiveness. The UK offense lived on the back of Benny Snell. When three yards and a cloud of dust didn’t work, Lynn Bowden found a way to make a play. Aside from the 54-yard touchdown at Florida, those big plays were rarely deep balls thrown over top of the defense.
Kentucky has not had a legitimate deep threat since Jeff Badet and Juice Johnson shared the field in 2016. There are currently a few potential candidates to take assume role on the roster now. Crowdus would immediately insert himself into the mix as a deep-ball threat.