Junior college lineman Phil Hoskins gives UK football needed recruiting boost


Kentucky got a needed boost for its 2017 recruiting class when Highland Community College defensive tackle Phil Hoskins announced on Twitter Saturday that he was verbally committing to Kentucky.

That was the best news coach Mark Stoops has had in a few days since Toledo teammates James Hudson and Michael Warren both de-committed to UK. The two had both committed to UK in July and were two reasons UK’s recruiting class had been ranked so high.

Warren, a running back, and Hudson, a defensive lineman, both said they just wanted to enjoy the recruiting process and thanked UK coaches and fans for their support.

Hoskins, who is also from Toledo, went the other way.

“After a lot of thought and (talking) with my family, I would like to announce that I will be furthering my education and athletic career at the University of Kentucky,” Hoskins posted on Twitter. “Thank you to the coaches on staff and to Coach Marrow for the opportunity.”

He had 25 tackles and four sacks for his Illinois junior college team last season.

He had 15 cholarship offers including Baylor, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Colorado, Iowa State and Houston.

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