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What Dekel Crowdus could do for the Kentucky Football team



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.

Four-Star Talent 

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.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

10 Comments for What Dekel Crowdus could do for the Kentucky Football team

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    8:16 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

    Come on down young man!

  2. zoupman
    10:53 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

    Whatever? If he signs UK, all good. If not, whatever. Nothing special here.

    • Bluehender
      8:52 am May 10, 2020 Permalink

      There’s nothing special here ^^^^as in zoupman…You’re right.

  3. kjd
    11:04 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

    We have nothing to show this young man. No great WR history with Coach Stoops. Will be a miracle to get him at U.K.

    • dcforuk
      12:24 am May 10, 2020 Permalink

      QOTD: “Err on the side of self discipline for a while–worry about balance later.” — RV

      It’s time for balance with Beau/JG in the mix. Probably a long-shot but w/the Big Dog, why not?

  4. VilleCat11
    11:35 pm May 9, 2020 Permalink

    I know nothing about this kid but hoping we get a HUGE yahtzee tomorrow… We now have the horses to pursue this caliber of player!!

  5. Cletis75
    2:01 am May 10, 2020 Permalink

    What we do have is a pretty good list of QB’s and a good chance for someone of his quality to start day 1. Hopefully he sees the value of displaying his potential from day 1 on the big stage in the SEC. Come on down Brother Dekel, welcome home!

    • WKY Cat
      10:35 am May 10, 2020 Permalink

      True but Stoops is known for redshirting all freshman. Doubt his theory on that changes.

    • ClutchCargo
      10:57 am May 10, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, I hated it when they redshirted Lynn Bowden his first year. 😉 Redshirting freshmen – as a rule – is something that all good programs with depth try to do. But if you have a FR at a skill position who is a difference maker, that is an exception I have no doubt he would make again.

    • satcheluk
      9:38 pm May 10, 2020 Permalink

      Freshman are not redshirted when their skills say they shouldn’t be.