Denzel Ware (Crestview, Fla. Crestview) has committed to Kentucky for the second time; this time looks to be for good. The four-star defensive end committed to the Wildcats on Feb. 12 to only decommit on Apr. 9, but a weekend visit to Lexington reaffirmed his pledge to Mark Stoops and Kentucky.
Ware originally committed to Florida State when Stoops was the Seminoles’ defensive coordinator and followed him to Kentucky when he was hired and brought former Florida State defensive end coach D.J. Elliot with him to Lexington. Ranked as the no. 8 prospect in Florida and the no. 4 weak-side defensive end, according to 247Sports, Ware will be counted on injecting life into an anemic pass rush at Kentucky.
The Wildcats averaged two sacks per game last season, and the addition of Ware is the second step in addressing that trouble spot. The first step was the position change of Alvin Dupree from linebacker to defensive end where he can have a breakout season by wrecking havoc and getting to the quarterback with his speed off the edge.
Ware becomes the highest ranked recruit to the 2014 recruiting class which is headlined by in-state quarterback Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky. Conner) and gives them the no. 14 class in the nation and sixth in the SEC. This is a tremendous feat accomplished by Stoops, who has yet to even coach a regular season game for Kentucky.
Kentucky obviously should be encouraged by Ware’s decision to come back to the “Big Blue Nation.” More recruits like him should be coming as long as Stoops is in charge.