College Football Recruiting: Kentucky Wildcats Must Wait on Cornerback Recruit

By Tyler Brett
Mark Zerof – USA TODAY Sports

Since taking over the Kentucky Wildcats, Mark Stoops has reinvigorated Big Blue Nation by putting together one of the stronger recruiting classes in recent memory for Kentucky in 2013. He’s working on following that up with an even better class in 2014, already ranked among the best in the nation. But Kentucky’s quest to put together the top recruiting class in college football hit a bit of a speedbump when cornerback Darius West decided to slow down his recruitment.

West is rated as the No. 19 cornerback in the 2014 class and was considered a strong Kentucky lean leading up to his planned announcement of his verbal commitment this week. But West has put the brakes on any declaration for now as new offers have come in that are making the talented recruit reconsider all his options. Late interest from the Miami Hurricanes and Ole Miss Rebels have given West reason to hold off on committing anywhere and taking the summer to visit his new suitors.

Kentucky originally appeared to beat out other programs like the Louisville Cardinals, Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan State Spartans, but will have to re-up their efforts this summer to hold off the Canes and Rebels for West’s services. The Lima, Ohio, native has also expressed interest in checking out the Illinois Fighting Illini as well during his summer tour.

For now, Kentucky holds the edge for the four-star corner but will have to stay sharp to keep from being overtaken by Miami or Ole Miss. Can Stoops close the deal with the young recruit?

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