Goodwin’s signature puts exclamation mark on UK recruiting class – The Interior Journal

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky soccer coach Mark Stoops had almost finished his press conference when he received the news he had been waiting for since Wednesday when Kiyaunta Goodwin added his name to the list of signatories of the school signing period.

Goodwin, a five-star offensive lineman from Charlestown, Indiana, picked the Wildcats over the State of Michigan in a recruiting battle that went to the end.

He played his preparatory career at Ballard High School in Louisville and Charleston High School in Indiana. Goodwin was considered the No. 1 rookie in the state of Indiana by many analysts. In addition to Michigan State, he was drafted by Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State.

“Here’s a young man who could really play anywhere in the United States, any college in the country would take his signing today, and so for us to land him, again, that says a lot about him and stay committed to us, ”Stoops mentioned. “I felt good all the time. It doesn’t mean you’re counting it in the bag, but you keep working, answering questions, and doing your best. Once again, this is a credit to Coach (Vince) Marrow and the countless hours he devoted to recruiting this young man and all of our staff. But that’s what we are.

Despite the team’s recent success, Stoops said the recruiting process has not become easier, but rather more competitive.

“It’s still a battle and a fight,” he said. “To the best of my recollection and the information I have in front of me, since being here we have never been ranked in the SEC, although we may have been ranked nationally in the top 25. I have never by the experts been classified before ninth place, but we keep looking like we are surpassing that, so it would be nice to keep raising the level of talent and see what we can do with it.

Overall, Stoops and his team have added 22 players to the roster, including four from Kentucky. The state’s biggest prize was Frederick Douglass wide receiver Dane Key, who is considered the state’s best prospect.

Key won the prestigious Paul Hornung Award, awarded to Kentucky’s Player of the Year. Key’s father, Donte ‘Key, played for Kentucky from 1992-95 and his brother, Devon Key, played for Western Kentucky and currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kentucky also signed outstanding Johnson Central lineman Grant Bingham in Paintsville, Boyle County kicker Jackson Smith and Pleasure Ridge Park defensive back Elijah Reed.

“You add that to the 16 we already have, that’s 20 players in the state – that’s probably the highest number we’ve had since I’ve been here, I think, unless maybe when? I walked through the door, ”he said. “(We also signed) Delaware No.1 player in Tomiwa (Durojaiye) and No.2 Tennessee State player, three of Tennessee state’s top players at Barion Brown, Keaten and Destin Wade . “

The recruiting class formed by Stoops and his team ranked 12th nationally and fourth in the Southeastern Conference.

Stoops and his team also landed in Tennessee Mr. Football Destin Wade and his brother Keaten Wade. Destiny Wade picked the Wildcats over Tennessee, Penn State, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Virginia, Louisville, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Keaten Wade stands out in defense and chose Kentucky over Arizona State, Baylor, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU and Louisville.

Deone Walker, a defensive tackle from Detroit also signed with Kentucky, turning down offers from Georgia and Michigan. Kobi Albert, who also serves as safety and wide receiver, pulled out of Auburn and chose the Wildcats. Alex Afari has also proven to be a big pickup.

The Kentucky coach also added Virginia Tech wide receiver Tayvion Robinson and Auburn offensive guard Tashawn Manning from the transfer portal.

Keith Taylor is a sports writer for Kentucky Today. Contact him at [email protected] and via twitter at keithtaylor21.

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