Holt sells California JUCO receiver on Kentucky

December 18, 2003|LARRY VAUGHT

During his official visit to the University of Kentucky earlier this month, California junior college receiver Scott Mitchell got to spend time with UK sophomore receiver Glenn Holt Jr.

"The main thing I got from him was that he believed in the system. He thought if they could get a few more guys in, they could make a move up. It was real with him and that helped me," Mitchell said.

The Mount San Antonio College product signed with the Wildcats Wednesday and will join defensive end Cedric Kroger and tight end Jamir Davis, junior college players who also signed with UK this week, at Kentucky next month.

The 6-3, 210-pound Mitchell was also considering Arizona State, Oregon State and Texas A&M before picking Kentucky.

"Something just sparked inside of me about going east and playing in the SEC," Mitchell said. "Win or lose, they have die-hard fans. They have great facilities. I really liked the coaching staff. Everything about Kentucky seemed real good to me.


"Both Arizona State and Kentucky had a lot of qualities that I liked in a school, but it just seemed that Kentucky was right."

Mitchell, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds, caught 18 passes for 250 yards and three scores in the first four games this year for the Walnut, Calif., school before tearing a ligament in his thumb. He missed the rest of the season but said he should be fine for spring practice in March.

Kentucky loses Derek Abney and Chris Bernard, its top two receivers from last year, and Mitchell hopes he can make an immediate impact next season.

"I am a vocal, emotional leader. I love winning, but I hate losing more," Mitchell said. "I'm going to come there and get ready to play. I want to help us win. The coaches told me to come in ready to play and I'm going to make sure I am in great shape."

They also told him not to worry about having a quality quarterback. He said the UK coaching staff told him about senior Shane Boyd as well as redshirt freshman Andre Woodson.

"They are very high on Andre Woodson. They told me he was the real deal," Mitchell said.

The Kentucky coaches also told him about highly-touted Trinity quarterback Brian Brohm, who has UK among his final four college choices along with Notre Dame, Tennessee and Louisville.

"They want me to talk to him and I will," Mitchell said. "They sounded kind of excited about him."

Kentucky now has 18 verbal commitments for its 2004 recruiting class.

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