Cats add Georgia linebacker

December 17, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky freshman linebacker Wesley Woodyard said all season that he was confident he could persuade several of his former LaGrange (Ga). High School teammates to play for the Wildcats next season.

Apparently he was right.

Linebacker Braxton Kelley became the second player from Woodyard's high school to verbally commit to the Wildcats this week. Earlier receiver-defensive back Demoreo Ford had said he would sign with the Wildcats in February.

A chance to play early like Woodyard appealed to Kelley, who averaged about 10 tackles per game the last two years while helping his team win consecutive state championships.

Kelley had numerous scholarship offers and had narrowed his top choices to Kentucky, South Carolina and Virginia Tech

He gave his commitment to Kentucky coach Rich Brooks and recruiting coordinator Joker Phillips during their in-home visit.

Earlier this week the Cats also got a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Christian Johnson of Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. His brother, Micah, is a junior linebacker at Fort Campbell and is expected to be one of the top recruits in Kentucky next season. The brothers both made unofficial visits to Kentucky at the same time last month.


The Cats now have 17 verbal commitments for next season along with five players who signed last year but decided to wait to January to enroll at Kentucky.

Kentucky can sign 25 players in February.

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