By DUSTIN CORDELL, Contributing Writer
Shocky Jacques-Louis of Florida recently de-committed from the University of Tennessee. His de-commitment came shortly after the firing of then head coach Butch Jones. Shocky was a one-time Kentucky football commit before deciding to flip to the Vols not long ago. It is widely known that the Wildcats never stopped recruiting Shocky even after he flipped, and that could pay off huge in his recruitment.
Shocky is considered a 3-star athlete, coming out of Fort Myers, Fl. While listed as an athlete, he is expected to play at the wide receiver position at the collegiate level. Rivals has him listed at 6-foot, 170 pounds, and ranks as the 23rd best athlete in the country. Just as impressive is the fact that he ranks as the 91st best overall recruit in the absolute talent loaded state of Florida.
There has been an impressive amount of major programs chasing after, and offering him. His most recent offer has came from Ohio State and that could change everything in his recruitment. Joining Kentucky and Ohio State in offering him are schools such as Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Tennessee, and others.
I was recently able to speak with Shocky who shared some insight into his recruitment and where he stands after his de-commitment. When asked to open up about his de-commitment from the Vols he had this to say.
“My de-commitment is tied directly to the firing of Butch Jones”
Shocky would go on to say that he is in no rush to pick a school as he plans to re-evaluate the schools he is considering. He would not go as far as to say he would wait closer to National Signing day to commit however. Shocky also said he is hush-hush on the programs he is looking at the hardest. However, when asked he did state that Kentucky is for sure a possible landing spot.
When asked how often he hears from Kentucky coaches he simply said, “A lot.” I then preceded to ask what stands out to him about Kentucky and who he hears from at Kentucky.
“I hear from the coaches a lot, as well as Jarren Williams. Kentucky was always a place where I felt comfortable being and they saw my talents before everyone else did.”
With that answer I naturally responded with asking if the de-commitment of Williams from Kentucky would hurt the Cats chances with him. He was very quick to answer that question with a no.
It is my opinion that the Cats have a legitimate shot at getting him to Lexington. However, it is far from a given. He may take some time with his decision. The main thing to watch is for other teams to swoop in and offer late, just like Ohio State did recently.
I would not be surprised to see him commit pretty soon and I could see that offer from Ohio State completely turning this recruitment on it’s head.